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Barbara does ‘LIFE’ at Harvard
From left: Fr Paddy White, Dr Barbara McDade, Dr Irvin Scott and Dr Nicola Brady.
From left: Fr Paddy White, Dr Barbara McDade, Dr Irvin Scott and Dr Nicola Brady.

College lecturer Dr Barbara McDade recently had the opportunity to attend the first ever convening of ‘LIFE’ held at the Graduate School of Education in Harvard, Massachusetts, USA, accompanied by Fr Patrick White, Director of Youth Link NI and Dr Nicola Brady, General Secretary of the Irish Council of Churches.

LIFE is being led by Dr Irvin Scott from Harvard and aims to bring together leaders in faith communities and education to consider how social capital within faith communities can be used to support the work of schools and improve educational outcomes for all young people. At the institute attendees had the opportunity to consider three key areas:

1. Creating partnerships between schools and faith-based organizations

2. Social-educational capital exchange

3. Supporting educators of faith

Reflecting on the experience, Barbara said: “It has been wonderful to get to know Dr Irvin Scott over the last eighteen months. We share a passion for the work of the LIFE Institute and are keen to explore the ways in which churches and faith-based organisations can partner with schools in the area of educational underachievement. I am delighted to have been invited to be a part of the LIFE Institute Design Team and look forward to taking this work forward with colleagues in Northern Ireland and Boston."

If you are interested in finding out more about LIFE, please email b.mcdade@stran.ac.uk

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