A blog post by a concerned parent on why she wanted an integrated education for her children.
I am not an ‘academic’, I am not politically minded and I am not particularly religious. Yes I have my faith as such but that’s about as far as it goes.
What I am is a single mum with a demanding job and two fantastic kids. My children are now 19yrs and 15 yrs old and I would do practically anything within my power for them. I made a very conscious decision that they would be educated in an environment free (well as free as can be expected) from sectarianism and tribalism as possible.
My own upbringing was one of working class with two fantastic parents who happened to be protestant Christians. However, my life was interjected with bombs, needless killings and my mother wanted to know my every move; ‘in case I got caught up in an incident!!’. My parents were unionist voters, a fact I only became aware of in my late twenties, but had friends from all walks of life. As my mother worked in Community Development she had worked quite a bit with ex prisoners and some would like to call themselves ‘combatants’. (more…)