Town's IRA bombing to be taught in schools

Warrington Guardian: The memorial to the bombing on Bridge Street The memorial to the bombing on Bridge Street

THE story of how the IRA bomb decimated Bridge Street in 1993 is to be introduced into the curriculum for primary school children.

AN education task group has been set up to ensure that the bombing which saw Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball killed is taught in schools.

The decision was made following a meeting between Clr Mike Hannon, deputy leader of the council, the Rev Stephen Kingsnorth and a group of head teachers from Warrington primary schools at the Town Hall.

Clr Mike Hannon said: "We will never forget what happened that day or how we remained united as a town as we moved forward together.

“This is why we believe it is important that generations of Warrington children are given the opportunity to understand what happened and to learn about the legacies that have come as a result.

"We are aiming to introduce this in time for the start of the new school year in September 2013 to coincide with the 20th anniversary year and I look forward to working with schools on this important topic."

The task group will also consider other areas of the town’s history including Oliver Cromwell, the Town Hall, Cultural Quarter, Cenotaph and River Mersey.

It will start in January with help from the council’s children and young people’s services.

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5:30pm Mon 17 Dec 12

HappyMisery says...

The whole Northern Ireland history should be taught in all British schools. Its excellent that the children in Warrington can learn about this cowardly attack, however, its important that they understand why its considered cowardly and also why it was never anticipated. A lot has changed since 9/11 attacks, and primary school children of today have always lived under a "terror threat" - they need to be taught what changed and that terrorism doesnt happen in faraway lands.
The whole Northern Ireland history should be taught in all British schools. Its excellent that the children in Warrington can learn about this cowardly attack, however, its important that they understand why its considered cowardly and also why it was never anticipated. A lot has changed since 9/11 attacks, and primary school children of today have always lived under a "terror threat" - they need to be taught what changed and that terrorism doesnt happen in faraway lands. HappyMisery

6:24am Tue 18 Dec 12

MikeJT says...

My only worry is that the way in which it is taught could turn this into "just another day in history". I agree with HM that kids need to understand the importance of what happened but also about the positives that can come from such events. Warrington was the start of the peace process.

As for the commencement date, September 2013 might coincide with the 20th anniversary year but its 6 months too late.
My only worry is that the way in which it is taught could turn this into "just another day in history". I agree with HM that kids need to understand the importance of what happened but also about the positives that can come from such events. Warrington was the start of the peace process. As for the commencement date, September 2013 might coincide with the 20th anniversary year but its 6 months too late. MikeJT

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