Ryan Cairns, a pupil at Shimna Integrated College and a Member of the NI Youth Parliament, looks back at his life in integrated education:
Integrated Education has put me in a bubble. Whilst some might take that statement as a severe negative, I disagree. I think it has been the best environment for me to grow up in.
My education began, by way of happy coincidence rather than political decision, in All Children’s Integrated Primary in Newcastle. My mother and my aunts had already attended the school, so the decision for me to attend was a natural one. I had an absolute blast and made friends for life. Never once did I feel that my or anyone else’s faith was being stamped down either. We were put through the holy sacraments of Confession and Confirmation just the same as anywhere else. (more…)