11 Apr

Youth got Community Spirit competition

Youth got Community Spirit competitionBelfast Harbour and Eden Project Communities have teamed up and are asking young people across Northern Ireland to show “Youth” got Community Spirit!

If you’re aged 8–18, this exciting competition not only celebrates community spirit but gives you, community groups and organisations an opportunity to win awesome prizes that will help you bring people together for fun, food and friendship as part of this year’s Big Lunch.

 

www.edenprojectcommunities.com/youthcompetition

6 Apr

After 200 years integrated education still a work in progress

Irish News LogoFor nearly 200 years attempts have been made in Ireland to have Catholic and Protestant children educated together.

In 1831 Ireland became the first country in the English-speaking world to have a state-funded nationwide system of schools, the National schools. It was intended that the schools would be attended by both Catholic and Protestant children, with a separate time set aside for religious instruction according to the denomination of the pupils. However, by 1860, under pressure from the Churches, the system had become entirely denominational, with the schools run by the different Churches.

 

http://www.irishnews.com/opinion/letterstotheeditor/2017/04/05/news/after-200-years-integrated-education-still-a-work-in-progress-987400/

16 May

Education – could do better is the message to the new NI Assembly

Research carried out just before the NI Assembly Election found widespread dissatisfaction with public services in Northern Ireland – and Education was no exception to this.

Independent polling company LucidTalk ran a “Tracker” survey (one of a series following trends in opinion) in March and found that only 48% of the representative sample gave education even a slightly favourable rating.  Most of these people judged the service a middling  ‘fairly good’ (ie very few thought education in NI “very good”). (more…)

8 Apr

Snapshot of support for education reform

 By Bill White CEO, LucidTalk polling company

Education is a key issue in Northern Ireland (as it is anywhere) and our recent NI-wide opinion poll for the Integrated Education Fund produced some interesting results and showed some key patterns and trends. As you probably know, the main key advantage of polling is that it allows us to get regular snap-shots of public opinion, about not only voting intention, but views on policies, political leaders, and a whole host of topics that can’t be measured in public elections e.g. in this case views regarding education. They also allow us to see how males/females, particular age-groups, and here in NI how our religious groups think about topics and issues – again these can’t be measured just by public elections. (more…)

31 Mar

Education reform must be at the heart of the campaign

by Baroness May Blood, IEF Campaign Chair

After years of complacency it’s time to challenge the notion that the Northern Ireland education system is world-class.  As the Assembly election approaches, it’s a challenge politicians must not ignore. The recent survey by independent research company LucidTalk, shows clear evidence of frustration with the schools system in Northern Ireland, in the face of sluggish progress at Stormont in improving processes and structures.  When participants were asked what three words or expressions came to mind to describe the NI education system, responses included: “entrenching sectarianism”; “divisive”;  wasteful; and “a rudderless, vision-less political football.” (more…)

2 Feb

Integrated schools prove there is an alternative to division….

By Trevor Ringland

For some time, opinion polls have shown a desire from people in Northern Ireland that our children should learn together.  Despite overwhelming support for the idea, there is no clear strategy to end segregation in our education system and only 7% of pupils attend ‘integrated’ schools.  We have a ‘Shared Schools Strategy’, but there are justifiable concerns that, while it pays lip service to sharing, it is chiefly a way of avoiding genuine integration, devised by politicians who are suspicious of the concept. (more…)


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