A blog by Fergal McFerran; the Deputy President of the National Union of Students – Union of Students in Ireland (NUS-USI), which is the lobbying, campaigning & representative organisation of over 200,000 Higher & Further Education students in Northern Ireland.
Coming from a fairly rural, predominantly Catholic village in North Antrim, I was born into & raised within a Catholic environment. I attended both a Catholic maintained Primary & Grammar School and at the time received what I believed was an education of exceptional standards.
Now, at the age of 22 and in my final year of an undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, I find myself reflecting on my earlier experiences in education in Northern Ireland with a more critical nuance.
Don’t get me wrong, I still believe that the education I received was of an exceptional standard & that the teachers & staff in the schools that I attended were some of the most supportive, encouraging and inspiring people I’ve interacted with in my life. But the issue is not the quality of the education I received, it is in fact the context within which I received it. (more…)Read More