Students at Malone Integrated College quizzed Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, Vernon Coaker, when he visited the South Belfast School. The trip was arranged by the IEF Campaign Chair, Baroness May Blood, after Mr Coaker had said he wanted the first school he visited in Northern Ireland to be integrated .
Mr Coaker – a former teacher and vice-principal himself – toured the classrooms and got in a quick game of table-tennis before being shown the computer suite. Principal Gerry Price described the history of the school which was founded in 1997 by a group of parents and initially supported by the European Peace Fund and the IEF. After seeing lessons in action, Mr Coaker faced a group of A-level pupils for a question and answer session. Topics ranged from traditional divisions in Northern Ireland, through the lack of sports facilities, to career opportunities for young people and university fees. (more…)Read More