An opinion piece by Chris Moffat, a former teacher, education journalist and rights campaigner and was one of the founders of the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education.
Once again the usual marching circus is in full throttle in the papers and blogs. The irony is that commentators have ignored the most relevant news. Minister of Education John O’Dowd’s has launched the Shared Education Campus programme; but he hasn’t addressed the High Court’s recent clarification of the distinction between ‘shared’ and ‘integrated’ education.
As a rights issue this raises some interesting questions. A right to integrated education has been more honoured in the breach for 25 years. Why wasn’t it discussed at St Andrews, or Weston Park? Why haven’t Equality Northern Ireland and the Human Rights Commission raised it at the UN? Why hasn’t the ‘human rights community’ challenged discrimination against integrated education by Department of Education all these years? Why is this not in the Haass Talks? (more…)Read More