IB Politics Trip to Northern Ireland
Just before half-term, ten IB2 students visited Belfast and Londonderry as part of their Global Politics course. Students were able to gain an insight into the successes and ongoing challenges of the peace process and the difficulties of achieving reconciliation in a post-conflict society.
Day one was spent in Londonderry where students visited the Free Derry museum and heard from relatives of those killed on Bloody Sunday. They also spoke with those whose lives were significantly impacted by The Troubles: including a former British Army Serviceman who completed two tours of duty in Northern Ireland; and a woman whose brother was shot and killed by the British Army due to his involvement with the IRA.
On the second day, students enjoyed a tour of historic sites in Belfast city centre and West Belfast, before travelling on to Stormont where they were shown round the Assembly building and met with Naomi Long - leader of the Alliance Party and former Justice Minister. The trip was an eye-opening experience for all, and, despite some inclement weather, the students engaged brilliantly throughout and ensured they got as much as possible out of the opportunity.