Our Work

An introduction to the project

The 100-year history project is a creative commemoration project, engaging children and teachers from 12 schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland with the Decade of Commemorations, through research and creative activity alongside a professional artist and writer. The project is phased to encompass child-led research, exploring the wider political events of the decade 1912-22 through the lens of local and family histories.

Phase 1 of the project has been funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs through the Reconciliation Fund.

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Our Aims

The project aims to:

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Engage children with the decade of commemorations through child-led research and creative activity alongside a professional artist and writer

Create a cross-border network between 12 schools north and south, and provide opportunities for dialogue and sharing of ideas and approaches through the project

Challenge received myths and perceptions around historical events from 1912-22, and break the culture of silence surrounding these events

Support a way of working that involves children as action researchers within their own communities and that recognises the transformative value of the arts for breaking down cultural barriers

Develop a strong interagency cross-border partnership between Kids’ Own, the Association of Teacher Education Centres in Ireland, and Belfast Education & Library Board, as a solid framework within which to support work with children & young people in educational settings

Make a unique commemorative book publication to provide a legacy that promotes children’s inclusion in commemorations, and the power of the child’s voice to challenge the perceptions of adults

Bring together over 300 children and adults from Ireland and Northern Ireland for a high-profile launch of the 100-year history book publication