5 Mar

Young People tell Politicians to ListenUp!

A group of young people urged politicians to “listen up” when they presented MLAs with a report from an event to raise young people’s voices in the political sphere.

MLAs Colin McGrath, Kellie Armstrong, Colm Gildernew and Mike Nesbitt, along with Councillor Rachel Woods gathered at Stormont on Monday (04 March) to meet Laura McCance, Stuart Irwin and Michael Lynch of the Integrated AlumNI, Richard Lemon of the Integrated Education Fund and Nancy Eaton, a past pupil of Lagan College who compiled the ListenUP! – Young People’s Voices report. (more…)

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4 Mar

So You Think We’re Not Interested? Exploring Political Engagement among Young People

As part of this year’s Imagine! Belfast festival, we’re organising an event on 27 March to encourage sharing of best practice regarding young people’s ‘political’ engagement within, as well as outside, our schools. It will include presentations and workshops to discuss how young people can be inspired and enabled to engage with political and societal issues. Belfast Lord Mayor Deirdre Hargey will open the event and contributions will also be made by representatives of New-Bridge Integrated College, Politics in Action and Belfast YMCA. (more…)

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15 Feb

Slemish College students find their voice to praise new wellness project

Students and staff at Slemish College, Ballymena, welcomed Baroness May Blood of the Integrated Education Fund and Sir Bruce Robinson of the Irish American Partnership (IAP) on Thursday (14 February).  The guests were delighted to open officially the College’s new ‘wellness’ room which was funded by their respective organisations. A former science store has been transformed thanks to generous donations totalling £8000 and Baroness Blood and Sir Bruce were interested to see how the money has been spent. (more…)

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14 Feb

Education Conference Summary: We All Have a Role to Play

Our conference ‘Education: We All Have a Role to Play’ was held on Thu 7 February 2019 in Riddel Hall, Belfast. The IEF would like to send our thanks to all our contributors: Baroness May Blood, Dr Dirk Schubotz (QUB/ARK), Mairead McCafferty (NICCY), Eileen Chan-Hu (CRAICNI), Katrina Murphy & Eimear McKeown (New-Bridge Integrated College), Jayne Thompson (ParentKind), Charmain Jones (Rural Community Network) and also to Peter Osborne (Community Relations Council) who expertly chaired the event. We are really grateful that you were all willing to take part in our conference! (more…)

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6 Feb

Young Scientists Invited to have a Blast in Belfast

ESB Science Blast is coming to Belfast this summer, and the hosts want as many primary schools as possible to get involved and celebrate the incredible scope of science. And the RDS (Ireland’s Philanthropic Society), which is behind the event, is offering help with travel costs for schools taking part.

The event, at Belfast Waterfront Hall on 05 and 06 June, offers a showcase for primary science projects, along with a day-long programme of educational entertainment, tailored for a primary school-aged audience. This year, this will include two BBC presenters on the amazing chemistry of food and the incredible possibilities of maths. (more…)

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