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How can a country’s education system recover after a traumatic, multigenerational conflict?

Last month, Irish embassies celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1998 Good Friday agreements, ending 30 years of armed conflict in Northern Ireland. Yet scars can be slow to heal.

In Lithuania, the Irish embassy organised a screening of Young Plato, an award-winning Irish documentary on the value of philosophy in education to move past violence and anger. Set in North Belfast, it profiles an Elvis-loving maverick principal with unconventional methods.

Erudito Licėjus was given the largest number of seats, and Erudito Head of Maths Kevin Morice, from Derry, spoke alongside Irish ambassador Séadhna MacHugh (both pictured) to review how his nation has changed over the past 30 years, how adaptability is an essential skill, and why healing takes so much more effort than dividing people up.

20 IB students, 4 teachers and Assistant Principal Gintarė Aldonytė attended, alongside diplomatic delegations from Poland, Israel, Norway and Canada.

After enjoying the cultural and culinary experience, our students discussed and made connections with the weight of the heritages of Lithuania (or Belarus), linking knowledge and self-reflection in the spirit of Erudito Licėjus.