Young people deserve integrated education

Young people deserve integrated educationHarding Memorial Primary is set to become east Belfast’s first integrated school. Almost 90% of the school community voted in favour of this move. The school, situated on the Cregagh Road, balloted parents after they found an interest in integration.

The school’s principal said “Harding Memorial Primary School welcomes the positive results of the parental ballot. The support we have received from parents, staff and members of the local community has been very encouraging.” This is a very significant development.

Surveys of public opinion have found overwhelming support for integration, consistently above 70%, with only marginal differences between Catholic and Protestant respondents. The two largest parties chose to ignore these significant findings. This is why the example of Harding Memorial Primary School is very positive and to be welcomed in a divided society.