Education in NI shouldn’t be a tug of war between religious interests


Education in NI shouldn’t be a tug of war between religious interestsA report has called into question religious control over the curriculum and ethos of Northern Irish schools. Alastair Lichten says it should prompt a re-evaluation of the segregated, inefficient system which exists now.

“If education in NI is to be transformed to fit the needs of a diverse society and support the embedding of peace, the centrality of the churches in education needs to be reviewed. In an increasingly unreligious and multi-faith society is it still appropriate, 100 years after transfer, for the transferor churches and the Catholic Church to wield the influence that they do?”

That’s the conclusion of a new paper by Ulster University researcher Dr Matthew Milliken, published this month. It is the second in the “transforming education” series, supported by UNESCO and the Integrated Education Fund – which was recently shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize for its work.

https://www.secularism.org.uk/opinion/2019/10/education-in-ni-shouldnt-be-a-tug-of-war-between-religious-interests