11 Oct

Appointments to the Board of the Youth Council for Northern Ireland

The Department of Education has announced it is extending the appointment term for board members of the Youth Council for NI.

Máire Young OBE (Chair), Herbert Faulkner OBE (Vice Chair) and Anne-Marie McClure MBE (member) were originally appointed on 13 May 2000. Derek Capper (member) was appointed on 11 June 2003. Hugh Campbell (member) and June Trimble MBE (member) were appointed on 9 February 2015. The term of all appointments have been extended until 31 March 2018. (more…)

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6 Oct

25 Years of supporting Integrated Education

The Integrated Education Fund is celebrating 25 years of supporting integrated education in Northern Ireland. Between 1981 and the IEF’s first year, 1992, pioneering parents and others had already established 18 integrated schools attended by 3,408 pupils. Today, the total number of integrated schools has reached 65, providing places from pre-school to post-16, for over 22,000 children. (more…)

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4 Oct

Integrated education on screen through NVTV

It is time to stop managing division and start tackling the causes of division, including the segregation in the education system, the Chair of the Community Relations Council told viewers of the Northern Visions TV and online channel.

Peter Osborne was speaking during a discussion of integrated education, alongside the IEF’s Chief Executive, Tina Merron, and Jason Milligan, Principal of Killyleagh Integrated Primary School.  It was broadcast last night (Tuesday 3 October).

Peter said the current structure of education in NI is “socially bankrupt, morally bankrupt – and when you look at the finances – we could do with a few million pounds invested elsewhere instead of duplicating education systems.” (more…)

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4 Oct

Parents Pushed over the Edge

A group of 23 parents, staff and friends of Corran Integrated Primary School Larne reached new heights on 23 September.  Just after 10am, each of the 23 bravely abseiled off the top of the Europa Hotel in Belfast, in #teamcorran t-shirts, they were easy to spot, much to the delight of supporters, locals and tourists at ground level.

“It was a brilliant day, even our school mascot Corey Bear came along and cheered everyone on” stated 9 year old Sophia. (more…)

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