29 Jan

Belfast Good Relations Plan out for Consultation

Belfast City council is inviting residents to have their say on the draft Good Relations Strategy for the city.  The strategy has been developed to provide the framework for building better community and race relations during the period of the Belfast Agenda, which sets out a vision of the city in 2035.

The council states that the aim is to develop “A Shared City…delivering inclusive growth that leaves no one behind.”

The draft document places “Lack of integrated education and shared housing” top of the list of the biggest barriers to building better community and race relations in Belfast  and says:  “Some of the stresses which Belfast currently faces are … on-going community tensions in parts of the city, parallel service delivery… segregated education and housing…”  “The persistence of segregation and separation in Belfast has left significant challenges for policy makers. The majority of children are still educated in religiously separated schools and the majority of people in social housing still live in divided communities…” (more…)

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21 Jan

Green light for £40 million investment in 16 schools

The Department of Education has announced that Sixteen schools have been successful in the latest tranche of the School Enhancement Programme.

This is the second call of the School Enhancement Programme under which schools can benefit from refurbishment or extension projects, valued between £500,000 and £4 million. (more…)

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16 Jan

Baroness Blood helps Irish American Partnership celebrate Women’s Christmas

Baroness May Blood MBE, Campaign Chair of the IEF, was special guest and keynote speaker at the annual breakfast hosted by the Irish American Partnership in Washington DC on Tuesday (08 January) to mark the traditional “Women’s Christmas”.  Nollaig na mBan is held each year in January throughout Ireland to celebrate women’s leadership within the family and the wider world.  May was invited as a leader with a positive impact on her community and beyond. (more…)

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16 Jan

Teachers’ Workshop on the “Big Small Stories” 25 January

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) is hosting a workshop later this month on using material from their “Big Small Stories” project in schools.

The “Big Small Stories” was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and captured the memories and experiences of the people behind the foundation and development of integrated schools.  This was done through recorded interviews and through collecting images and other heritage material from people involved in integrated schools: staff; pupils; parents; principals; governors; and the wider school community. (more…)

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7 Jan

Join us for Coffee and Conversation

We are hosting a number of Coffee and Conversation drop-in sessions across Ards and North Down during January-April. We’ve received some great feedback recently and are keen to continue having conversations with people in the area regarding integrated education and the potential for its growth in this area.

Our Coffee and Conversation sessions will be informal with a flexible start/finish time and people are welcome for tea/coffee, a bun and a chat. For catering purposes, please let us know which one you plan to attend by emailing Jessica@ief.org.uk. (more…)

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