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The Open University launches free global learning resource on the Good Friday Agreement

L-R John D’Arcy, National Director of The Open University, Quintin Oliver, who wrote a piece to accompany the video on the YES Referendum, Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Sonia Copeland and Dr Frances Morton of The Open University, who curated the project.

The Open University launched a free learning resource called Reflections on the Good Friday Agreement at City Hall on Wednesday 16 May.

The event, which was hosted by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Sonia Copeland, was attended by a range of politicians, members of the community, business and voluntary sectors.

The free learning resource is a documentary-style video and captures the reflections of a range of contributors who were involved in the making of the Good Friday Agreement, and also those who were opposed to it. Some of the contributors were key players in the negotiations, including Senator George J. Mitchell, Bertie Ahern, David Trimble and Jonathan Powell.

Situated on The Open University’s free learning platform called OpenLearn, the resource serves as a reference point for all those interested in learning more about the Agreement, and the impact it has had on citizens and society 20 years since it was made.

OpenLearn has attracted over 50 million learners since its launch in 2006 and provides a range of learning materials for people interested in bite-size chunks of learning and taking the first step into the types of learning available at higher education level.

To view the video, and read a range of additional related material, visit http://www.open.edu/openlearn/openlearn-ireland/the-good-friday-agreement-20-year-anniversary

For further information contact Frances Morton on frances.morton@open.ac.uk

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