A hard fought process.
Yesterday marked a milestone in the journey towards teaching children together with the Integrated Education Bill passing 49 to 38, with one MLA abstaining
The Integrated Education Fund welcomes the passing of the Integrated Education Bill. We congratulate Kellie Armstrong, who had the foresight to bring the Bill to Assembly and would like to thank our supporters and stakeholders who took the time to contact their MLAs and Councillors.
The first stage of the Bill was read in June of 2021 and has the distinction of having the longest debate in Stormont history. At every stage the Integrated movement has connected with politicians on all sides to highlight the benefits of educating children together.
From presenting to the Education Committee to engaging with stakeholders and our supporters, the IEF and NICIE has worked hard to support this Bill at all levels. In particular, the work of the Integrated AlumNI has been a credit to the organisation.
“My heartiest congratulations to everyone involved in bringing the Bill through this process, both in the limelight and behind the scenes.”
This is just another step in the journey towards Integration that started 40 years ago. 4 new schools Transformed at the start of the 2021/22 academic year, with one confirmed and one awaiting final notification for 2022/23. Two more schools held successful ballots to begin the process, with three more ballots due in March alone.
The Integrated Education Bill does not benefit one sector over any other, rather bringing Integrated schools into line with the other sectors. Wanting to advance integrated education is not about detracting from any sector or belittling the achievements of any schools and teachers who work incredibly hard to provide the best education for our children.
Our work continues with the aim of providing an Integrated place for every child who wants one.