Northern Ireland Human Rights Commissioners say more must be done to increase integrated education.
The NIHRC’s annual statement, published this month (December 2017), includes a section devoted to integrated education. It notes that, although several schools have successfully transformed to integrated status, “there have been no new integrated schools established since 2008”. The Commission welcomes the publication of the Independent Review of Integrated Education in May this year, and calls on the Department of Education to set out its plans to implement the review’s recommendations.
The Commission is also supportive of the Shared Education Act but echoes the UN Commission on the Rights of the Child and recommends that the DE “carefully monitors the provision and promotion of shared education in order to ensure that it facilitates social integration.”
Presenting the statement, Chief Commissioner Les Allamby said
The Commission’s annual statement evaluates developments across a broad range of human rights protections. Over the past year there is not a single area identified where the UK government, Northern Ireland Executive or a relevant public authority has provided an effective response to addressing specifically identified concerns.
You can read the full report from the NIHRC here http://www.nihrc.org/publication/detail/annual-statement-2017
And read the Chief Commissioner’s blog post here http://www.nihrc.org/news/detail/the-nihrc-blog-8
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