Class 10 (2011-2013)

Rachel Rafferty, United Kingdom

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – School of Education

Rachel has eight years’ experience in the field of education – both formal and community-based education. For the five years previous to taking up her Rotary Peace Fellowship she has been working in her native Northern Ireland on a variety of peace education projects, including teacher-training, youth art projects and the production of peace education resources. She will be studying in the School of Education on the MA Culture Curriculum and Change, where she plans to look at violence reduction through classroom techniques to increase emotional literacy. In the future she would like to play a positive role in reforming education so that it focuses more on developing students into peaceful, pro-active citizens. She is particularly passionate about the opportunities offered by the adoption of informal educational approaches into the mainstream education sector.