President Higgins’ Praise for IEF.

President Higgins and his wife Sabina welcomed Baroness Blood and  Mr. Paul Caskey of the Integrated Education Fund to Áras an Uachtaráim to discuss not only the Baroness’ work on this issue, but also her contribution to peace and full participation in society for children and parents.

The President and Sabina, lifelong supporters of integrated education, took the opportunity to pay tribute to the work of the Integrated Education Fund and to Baroness Blood in particular, as well as discussing plans to move forward in cooperation.

Speaking after the meeting, the President said:

“The work of the Integrated Education Fund, which supports communities and schools who are working to create a shared future based on integrated education for their children, is of the greatest importance in its potential contributions as to how we might realise a peaceful and fulfilling future for all of the children on the island of Ireland.

We remain convinced that the ethos of practical equality that informs the Integrated Education and Educate Together movements is pivotal for our common future. It is one of the most important factors in enabling our children to become independent minded, yet socially informed and responsible, democratic citizens; citizens who are encouraged and enabled to envision the means to a better and fairer society, a shared society where there is room and appreciation for the views, skills and identities of all.”