first_imgPictured with the books and CDs are: Kevin Fearon, International Project Manager at Early Years and Billy Gamble, Board Member with the International Fund for Ireland with Eoghan Millar and Rhiannon Halliday.The young children’s group Early Years is sending a special delivery to all Donegal pre-schools and early years centres that were involved in the recent Respecting Difference Programme supported by the International Fund for Ireland.Each package contains five colourful story books and a CD featuring music from the programme specially designed to help young children develop positive attitudes to diversity.The books will be delivered to An Scoil Beag Playgroup, Castlefin Community Playgroup, Castlefinn Community Childcare Services, Donegal Travellers Crèche, Glen Outdoor School for Early Learning, Little Stars Creche, Manorcunningham  Community Childcare Centre, Naionra Playgroup, St Gabrielle’s Pre school, Rainbow Playgroup and The Park School for Early Learning. The successful programme provided unique training and resource packs for teachers, parents and pre-school managers with continuous support from an Early Years Specialist.It engaged more than 5,000 young children in Northern Ireland and the Southern border counties over three years with funding from the International Fund for Ireland, Atlantic Philanthropies and the Department of Education.Billy Gamble International Fund for Ireland Board Member said: “The Respecting Differences Programme is a strong example of the practical initiatives supported by the Fund to help develop understanding of diversity and promote respect.“The Fund is committed to helping positively transform communities and believe that classrooms have an important role to play. “These books and music have been specifically designed to help young children realise some of the differences between people and communities. They will help sustain the positive outcomes of the Respecting Difference programme for years to come.”Siobhán Fitzpatrick CBE, Chief Executive Office of Early Years, said: “The Respecting Difference Programme has been instrumental in promoting inclusion and understanding diversity. Teachers and parents have been hugely supportive and many have asked if some of the colourful and musical resources would be available for further classroom activity.“Programmes just like this show that positive changes can be made at a grassroots level even from a very young age. We’re pleased these materials will continue to educate and inspire more children thanks to the International Fund for Ireland’s continued investment in young children.” SPECIAL DELIVERY FOR CHILDREN INVOLVED IN RESPECTING DIFFERENCE PROGRAMME was last modified: October 11th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:SPECIAL DELIVERY FOR CHILDREN INVOLVED IN RESPECTING DIFFERENCE PROGRAMMElast_img read more