Integrated Education Week Celebrated Internationally



The first annual International Integrated Education Week brings integrated schools together to show what the future face of education in Northern Ireland should and could be.

The theme for the week is ‘Me, We, Our World’ and the event was launched at Ballycastle Integrated Primary School by guest Patrick McGrath of i-Teach.

The huge development in digital technologies means children can connect globally from the classroom making other cultures and stories accessible and immediate.

Integrated Education Week gained a global dimension after last year’s Queens University/NICIE/IEF international conference where delegates from areas such as former Yugoslavia, Cyprus and Jerusalem shared ideas and best practice.

International Integration Week runs from 4-10 March, 2013, when integrated schools across Northern Ireland will hold events to showcase Integrated Education and meet new friends. Activities will culminate with a celebration in the Long Gallery at Stormont on Thursday 7 March which will include a short drama especially written for the occasion, links with international schools and entertainment from a steel band and choir.

Key events will include:

  • Friday 1st March: the launch of International Integrated Education Week at Ballycastle Integrated Primary School, Key Road, Ballycastle, at 10.30 am. The guest speaker will be Patrick McGrath of i-Teach.
  • Wednesday 6th March: Dunleath Lecture at 7.30pm (refreshments from 7pm). Professor Brandon Hamber is the guest speaker. Professor Hamber is Director of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), an associate site of the United Nations University based at the University of Ulster. He is also a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Human and Community Development, and the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.The Lecture will be given at Queen’s University in the Canada Room. The title of the lecture is ‘Thick or Thin Integration – Deep or Shallow Peace?”
  • Thursday 7th March: at 10.30 am – International Integrated Education Week Celebration in the Long Gallery at Stormont. Trevor Lunn, MLA, will be hosting this event which will include a short drama ‘Connected’ especially written for the occasion by Andrea Grimason, digital media presentations and links with international schools with entertainment from a steel band and choir.
  • A delegation from NICIE will also be visiting Macedonia for an international conference on 9 & 10th March

For more information about Integrated Education Week 2013 please contact Noreen Campbell, Chief Executive Officer NICIE by telephone 028 9097 2910 or email to ncampbell@nicie.org.uk or Louise McIvor, Communications Secretary, lmcivor@nicie.org.uk