Northern Ireland’s Schools Still Aren’t Integrated

Northern Ireland’s Schools Still Aren’t IntegratedNorthern Ireland has always been a place apart, radically different from the rest of the United Kingdom. Recent developments have only made this divide starker.

…However, there is hope out there; it just isn’t coming from the North’s established political leaders. A grassroots movement to desegregate Northern Ireland’s education system is gaining traction, led by parents and teachers.

Segregation in education is one of the biggest and most enduring legacies of Northern Ireland’s troubled past. According to the most recent public data, 93 percent of the province’s children attend segregated schools—that is, schools that overwhelmingly educate children from only a Catholic or a Protestant background.