Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor John Finucane, hosted a reception for representatives of the integrated education movement at City Hall on 07 October to celebrate their Nobel Peace Prize nomination.
Welcoming staff and supporters of the Integrated Education Fund (IEF) and the NI Council for Integrated Education (NICIE), he said:
“The impact that integrated education has had in building peace cannot be underestimated. The vision and bravery of the teachers, parents and campaigners who took forward the idea of building a better future for our young people through the medium of integrated education was ground-breaking. To be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize is an absolutely outstanding achievement and I want to congratulate everyone involved in the movement and wish them the very best of luck.”
The reception follows unanimous votes at Derry City and Strabane District Council on the 26 September and at Belfast City Council on 01 October to congratulate the organisations on their nomination for the 2019 prize.
Earlier on 26 September, in Dublin, representatives of NICIE and the IEF were welcomed to the Oireachteas Joint Committee on Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement by chairman Seán Crowe TD:
“Our committee wants to congratulate both groups on their Nobel prize nomination, which recognises the powerful work education plays in peace building. We are delighted to welcome representatives from both the Integrated Education Fund and Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education to our meeting to hear about their ground-breaking work on integrated education.”
Nominators of the integrated education organisations included elected politicians in London, Dublin and Brussels and senior academics in the USA and Canada.
The winner of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize will be announced on 11 October.
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