Pupils Reflect On JustUs Experience

Pupils from Years 10 and 11 at Holy Cross College, Strabane and pupils from Year 11 at Lisneal College Londonderry reflect on their participation in the JustUs Workshop Education Programme.

This particular workshop was the third and final part of phase 1 training for GMT’s 1st cohort of educators from the Derry City & Strabane district council area and it was hosted by the teaching staff at Lisneal College, Londonderry.

As this workshop represented an end to JustUs training the trainees themselves had decided in advance to make it more about the young people in their care and in particular for those young people who had participated in the JustUs programme over the past year, whether that be in the class room or within a youth work setting.

To that end young people from Lisneal College, Holy Cross College in Strabane and young people from St Columbs Pk House, Derry participated in this workshop and the facilitated session seen many of them express their own thinking on the subject areas JustUs explores.

Significantly, a number of the young people present also talked very honestly and poignantly about their own experiences of participating in JustUs and of how, in their view the programme had enabled them to have open conversations with their teacher, friends and parents around challenging and controversial subjects.