The integrated Education Fund (IEF) welcomes the publication of the Northern Ireland NGO Stakeholder Report submitted by the Children’s Law Centre to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child’s ‘List of Issues Prior to Reporting. The report was drafted by Deena Haydon.
The ‘List of Issues Report’, compiled in partnership with stakeholders in Northern Ireland, seeks to inform questions posed to the UK government and NI Executive ahead of the next examination of the UK Government by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
The report states:
“School segregation by religion continues in NI. Children from different communities attend separate schools largely as the result of families choosing schools whose ethos aligns with their faith/community background. ‘Integrated education’ occurs in schools which balance pupil proportions from communities they serve, aiming at 40% Catholic, 40% non-Catholic (Protestant) and 20% other. Only 6% of primary, 16% of non-grammar post-primary, pupils are educated in integrated schools. Integrated schools are unable to meet demand, particularly at post-primary level”
The report also suggests the question:
“What measures does the NI Executive have in place to:
• establish a time-bound implementation plan for the recommendations of the 2016 Independent Review of Integrated Education?
• increase integrated school provision, including capital and revenue funding, to meet demand and the statutory duty “to encourage and facilitate the development of integrated education”?
• address shortcomings of shared education, including it being predicated on bringing together children of different religions with no reference to those holding nonreligious beliefs?
• conduct an independent review of NI education provision, as agreed in March 2020?”
The report and the supporting evidence report can be found on the Children’s Law Centre website here: https://childrenslawcentre.org.uk/uncrc_report/
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