The integrated Education Fund (IEF) welcomes the publication of the IRC Third Report by the Independent Reporting Commission.
Richard Lemon OBE, Chair of the IEF, said:
“I welcome the IRC’s recognition of the importance of a more integrated education system in Northern Ireland.
“Enabling children of different backgrounds to be educated together in the same classroom undoubtedly improves the likelihood of better community relations, both now and in the future.
“This report adds to the increasing support for a more normal education system for all communities across Northern Ireland.”
The report states:
“We mentioned in last year’s Report that we had had representations from groups calling for greater integration in education and housing. They made the case that enabling children from different backgrounds to be educated together improved the likelihood of better community relations …
“We mention the issue again this year as the Education dimension, in particular, is receiving increasing attention in public discourses in the media. It is also relevant in the context of the establishment of the Expert Review Panel on educational underachievement.
“We continue to note the relevance of integrated education and shared housing to our mandate. We are encouraged that integrated education is the fastest growing sector in Northern Ireland in terms of new enrolments and note the additional funding committed to integrated education in the past year.”
The report also highlighted Brownlow Integrated College in Craigavon, among others, as exemplary in their whole-school approach to children’s education.
The full report can be downloaded from the Independent Reporting Commission website:
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