Senior figures from the IEF were in London yesterday (04 March 2020) where the Fund hosted a roundtable discussion focussing on the commitment in the New Decade, New Approach agreement to establish an external, independent review of education provision in Northern Ireland.
The event was supported and sponsored by Shadow Northern Ireland Minister, Karin Smyth MP, who was joined by MPs from across the political spectrum, including former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith MP.
Baroness Blood, Campaign Chair of the IEF, said
“The commitment in the New Decade, New Approach agreement to an external, independent review of education in Northern Ireland is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an education system which supports young people from different backgrounds being taught together in the classroom every day. The segregated structure of our existing education system, with its multiple school types, is simply no longer sustainable.
“If we are to address the budget crisis in our schools we need to put our children first rather than the institutions that maintain the current wasteful, inefficient and segregated system. There is an obligation on both governments to ensure the commitment in the agreement to an independent review of education in Northern Ireland is delivered.”
Karin Smyth MP said
“The commitment in A New Decade, New Approach to educating children and young people of different backgrounds together in the classroom is an important step in securing a better future for all children in Northern Ireland.
“I fully support the establishment of an external independent review of education in Northern Ireland.”
MPS at the event, representing Sinn Fein, the SDLP, DUP, Alliance ,Conservative and Labour parties, were urged to support the speedy implementation of the independent review of education in Northern Ireland.
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