Two integrated schools in north Belfast welcomed some special visitors yesterday (20 May) to show them the work their pupils had been doing through the IEF Trust Programme. Sir Trevor Pears (Executive Chair) and Bridget McGing (Deputy Director) of the Pears Foundation, which supports the Trust scheme, met children and young people at Hazelwood Integrated College and Cliftonville Integrated Primary School to hear at first hand how the Foundation has helped with the development and exploration of the integrated ethos in many schools in the area.
At Hazelwood IC, Sir Trevor and Bridget heard from students about their involvement in the College’s internship programme, through which they had enjoyed work placements in local feeder primary schools, sharing their experiences of the diverse classroom and helping develop lesson plans and activities to develop and reinforce integration.
The visitors then met IEF campaign chair, Baroness May Blood, who gave them an overview of the political situation in Northern Ireland and outlined the progress of the integrated education movement.
The party moved on to Cliftonville IPS where the children shared their enthusiasm for their Trust Programme project on “religious beliefs in our community”. The school works with Cranmore IPS to explore religious diversity and have visited buildings in Belfast significant to different faiths, including the synagogue and Belfast Islamic Centre. Pupils told how much they enjoyed both the visits and making new friends at their partner school.
The Pears Foundation has supported the grants for the Trust Programme over several years and the IEF and participating schools were delighted to give Bridget McGing and Sir Trevor an insight into how their generosity helps worthwhile educational initiatives.
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