With the announcement that integrated education groups in Northern Ireland are in the running for the Nobel Peace Prize, and with British MPs, Irish TDs and professors in the US and Canada among those in support of the nomination, it’s evident that there is confidence in the power of education and in support of peace building and reconciliation for Northern Ireland.
Tina Merron, chief executive of the IEF, said: “This is a great honour, and a testament to all the pioneers who have been committed to opening and developing integrated schools in the face of social challenges and political inertia.”
For the past however many years, integrated schools have been perceived purely as a second option to an educational system in which the majority of children throughout the breadth of Northern Ireland have continued to segregate themselves by attending religiously divided schools. But now is the time to put the wellbeing and education of our children in the forefront.
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