Fund welcomes Children’s Commissioner’s call for integrated education in Northern Ireland



The Chief Executive of the IEF, Tina Merron, has welcomed the call from the NI Children’s Commissioner for an integrated education system in Northern Ireland.

Koulla Yiasouma, NI Commissioner for Children and Young People has launched the Commission’s Educational Inequalities and Inclusion Position Paper, saying
“Education is the service that impacts on every single child nearly every single day for at least 12 years of their lives and usually longer.  It is the service that gives children the tools they need and helps prepare them for their future.”

Fund welcomes Children’s Commissioner’s call for integrated education in Northern Ireland

Koulla Yiasouma, NI Commissioner for Children and Young People

Tina Merron of the IEF said she was particularly glad that the position paper highlights the repeated requests from the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child that Northern Ireland’s segregated pattern of education be addressed.

The NICCY paper states
“The Committee recommended that government In Northern Ireland actively promote a fully integrated education system and carefully monitor the provision of shared education, with the participation of children, in order to ensure that it facilitates social integration… NICCY will advocate for a fully integrated system of education where all children, inclusive of religion, race, ability or gender are educated together.”

Tina Merron said
“We at the Integrated Education Fund fully endorse this call and would also echo the paper’s position that the ultimate goal of shared education should be an integrated system of education. We want to see a plan to progress towards a single system of education, which reduces the current level of waste and directs resources into improving the experience and outcomes of all pupils.”

Introducing the paper on the NICCY website, Koulla Yiasouma concluded
“Now is the time to set aside vested interests and design an education system that is based on the lessons of the last 50 years and the evidence concerning achieving the very best for all our children and young people.  They deserve nothing less.”

The Educational Inequalities and Inclusion Position Paper is available to download here.

You can read the Commissioner’s blog on the NI Commissioner for Children and Young People website here.