Call for more restorative justice plans
from the article by Fiona Gartland in the Irish Times:
A restorative programme to help develop conflict resolution skills in west Tallaght in Dublin should be rolled out to all schools in Ireland, former governor of Mountjoy Prison John Lonergan has said.
At the launch of a report evaluating the Restorative Practice Programme of the Childhood Development Initiative, Mr Lonergan said inter-community relationships “are at the very heart of the quality of life that people have”.
“Unless we have the skills and knowledge” to deal with conflict the consequences, there will be “confrontation, aggression and violence”.
He said the Irish education system was “very much focused on how to make a living” but “it forgets a lot of the things about how to live”.
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