The Integrated Education Fund will be staging a colourfully creative event during Culture Night Belfast on 21 September. We will be at Clements Coffee Shop on Rosemary Street from 1pm – 6pm offering art and craft activities and promoting the www.integratemyschool website. “Integrate My School” encourages and enables parents to register their support for their child’s school to become an integrated school.
While your children are busy transforming Clements and filling the space with their artwork, parents can relax, have a coffee, and chat about how a school can be transformed and become officially integrated.
In becoming formally integrated, your school will welcome children from Protestant and Catholic backgrounds, as well as those of other faiths and none. For many, the transition to integrated status is a natural step, as the school may well already attract children from different religious and cultural backgrounds. Integrated education can help your child to have more friends from different backgrounds, develop more positive social attitudes and provide new educational, social and cultural experiences.
Parents certainly want change: research has repeatedly shown widespread support for integrated education. The good news is that nearly every school can do this because transformation to integrated status is supported by the Department of Education and is government policy in Northern Ireland.
Culture Night is Belfast’s largest, most exciting and inclusive cultural celebration. Culture Night takes place in September and brings together over 300 free events across 150 locations in Belfast City Centre in a single day. The event attracts over 100,000 visitors from Belfast, Northern Ireland and beyond.
All ages are welcome to join us at Clements Rosemary Street; little ones must be accompanied by an adult.
You can find further information about Culture Night here.
The Culture Night Belfast app is available to download here.
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