21 Feb

30th Anniversary Gala Ball – Help Us To Raise Funds For Integrated Education

We’re on the home stretch as we gear up for 2012’s major fundraising event – the Integrated Education Fund Gala Ball on the 16th March.

The highlight of a year of commemorations, the Gala at the Europa Hotel in Belfast marks 30 years of integrated schools in Northern Ireland. The party will bring celebrity guests, music, food and entertainment together with the Fund’s friends and supporters in a dazzling evening of celebration. We’re hoping as many of our friends and supporters can join us as we mark an important birthday and look forward to a shared future for our young people. (more…)

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2 Feb

Question Time At Malone IC For Shadow Secretary Of State

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…)

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23 Jan

Back To The Future: Integrated Education’s 30th Birthday Party

Looking back over thirty years of integrated education….and looking to the future. The BBC’s David Meade, “mentalist” and Courtenay Fitzpatrick, past pupil of New Bridge Integrated College, recently popped dpwn to the Europa Hotel in a DeLorean car to launch the Integrated Education Fund’s Gala Ball.


Integrated education began thanks to the efforts of a small group of parents whose dedicated campaigning led to the opening of Lagan College in September 1981 – the same year that the first DeLorean cars rolled off the production line in Belfast.


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16 Jan

One School Of Thought Campaign Continues To Grow!


The One School of Thought education campaign has started the year with a boost from yet  another celebrity supporter:  Kevin Baird, bass player with North Down band, Two Door Cinema Club,  added his name to the list of backers from the arts, business and sport.    One School of Thought calls on MLAs to make education reform a key priority over the next four years, building on the widespread public support for greater sharing and integration within and between schools.  (more…)

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