11 Oct

Young people have their say at World Mental Health Day conference

More than 70 young people in integrated education across Northern Ireland had their say on mental health issues at a conference at Drumlins Integrated Primary School, Ballynahinch, on Thursday 10 October 2019 – World Mental Health Day.

Listening … A Mental Health Conference’ was organised by the IEF in partnership with NICIE and was supported by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Harry McGoldrick, a Year 13 student at Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh, one of the conference’s young keynote speakers, said it was very important to him to be involved:
“Now in Year 13 it’s my turn to give back to the community by focusing on improving mental health training and services in Northern Ireland. I am thrilled to be a guest speaker at this event. It is such an honour to be a part of something that could help all of us make changes to how we look at and deal with our mental health and well-being.” (more…)

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2 Oct

Politicians congratulate integrated education movement on Nobel Peace Prize nomination

Belfast City Councillors have unanimously congratulated the Integrated Education Fund (IEF) and the NI Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) on their nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize 2019.

This follows a similar vote at Derry City and Strabane District Council last week, when politicians from Sinn Fein, SDLP, Alliance, DUP, UUP, People before Profit, Aontú and Independents all supported the motion that the council:
“Encourages and supports reconciliation in our community; and congratulates the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education and the Integrated Education Fund on being nominated for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.” (more…)

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30 Sep

Parents vote to take Brefne Nursery School on a journey to integration

Parents at Brefne Nursery School have voted overwhelmingly to take the pre-school facility on the path to becoming officially integrated.

The school’s principal and board took the step of balloting parents after they found evident interest in integration among the school community. The vote, run by Electoral Reform Services, showed just over 92% support for integration through the process known as “transformation”.

The stand-alone nursery in North Belfast has been welcoming children of all backgrounds for more than 50 years and the school leaders were keen to strengthen and promote that inclusive ethos and become integrated. (more…)

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