19 May

US Diplomat talks politics and policy with Lagan College students

Young people at Lagan College in Belfast welcomed Matthew W. Barzun, Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK, to their school today (Monday 18 May).

Ambassador Barzun was greeted by senior students and the principal, Amanda McNamee, and went on to meet Year 11 pupils. The Ambassador engaged his audience in a fascinating discussion of perceptions of US politics and policy. He was also able to hear something of the development of the college and the history and progress of integrated education. (more…)

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13 May

Baroness May Blood acknowledged at American Ireland Fund Gala with donation for Integrated Education Fund

Representatives of the Integrated Education Fund received a warm reception at a prestigious New York gala in May, where the work of the IEF Campaign Chair was singled out for praise and where a major donation was made to support our activity in integrated schools.

Baroness May Blood travelled with IEF Campaign Director Paul Caskey to the American Ireland Fund 40th annual gala dinner last week (7 May). The AIF announced a $100, 000 gift, supported by the Eithne and Paddy Fitzpatrick Memorial Fund, to help provide a new playgroup facility at Glengormley Integrated Primary School in North Belfast. The school has been operating at capacity and the new accommodation for the pre-school provision will assist the growth of this popular integrated school. (more…)

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13 May

Thousands enjoy a stroll down Scarecrow Avenue at Garden Show Ireland thanks to integrated primary schools

Twenty-four carefully crafted characters braved the mixed weather last weekend (8-10 May 2015) as figures made by children at integrated primary schools formed Scarecrow Avenue at this year’s Allianz Garden Show Ireland.

Thousands of visitors admired the handiwork as they arrived at the festival of flowers and food. The creations were entries in a scarecrow competition run by Allianz for integrated primary schools and co-ordinated by the IEF. (more…)

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5 May

Showcase of harmony as singers celebrate integrated education

Hundreds of music-lovers were delighted by two concerts in Belfast last weekend (1 and 2 May) in support of the Integrated Education Fund. The shows featured choral music from Northern Ireland and Northern England, and a solo performance from Tyrone singer-songwriter Andrea Begley.

Continuing their treasured relationship with the IEF, Donaghadee Male Voice Choir (DMVC) invited special friends from Yorkshire to join them at the Crumlin Road Gaol on Friday night. The singers from Barnburgh Male Voice Choir and Thurnscoe Village Singers joined DMVC to present an evening of fantastic and varied music.

On Saturday the three groups appeared at the Ulster Hall, this time adding “Voices in Unison” – a choir formed by young singers from Hazelwood Integrated College and St Malachy’s College in Belfast – to the bill. (more…)

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30 Apr

Children and young people gather at Hazelwood IPS to combat hate crime

As PSNI figures show an increase in hate crimes in Belfast, children from five integrated schools gathered at Hazelwood Integrated Primary School today (Thursday 30 April 2015) to discuss ways of supporting newcomer and ethnic minority families in an increasingly diverse Northern Ireland.

The school hosted a “Communities in Dialogue” day with support from the Integrated Education Fund and the Open Society Foundations. The aim was to invite the wider community to explore ways of combatting racism and prejudice.

The young people were joined by community and charity representatives and senior police officers as well as Councillor John Blair, Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey. The pupils came from Hazelwood, Glengormley and Glencraig Integrated Primary Schools, Hazelwood Integrated College and Lagan College. (more…)

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20 Apr

OFMDFM Summer Camp Programme – 2015 Pilot

As part of the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy, the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) is launching a pilot programme of 100 Summer Camps for young people.

The Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister in partnership with the Education Authority are seeking to appoint organisations to deliver the Summer Camp Pilot Programme.

The programme is about building positive relations among young people across all parts of our community. They will operate on both a local and regional level and will be open to young people aged 11 to 19 years. The ultimate goal of the Summer Camps is to build positive relationships across what have become divided parts of our community. They are about challenging historic positions, encouraging debate and discussion and providing a way for young people to get to know each other, try new experiences, have fun and help to build longer term relationships. (more…)

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