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Education Projects Celebrate Success in Bringing Schools Together

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Two special projects which helped 38 schools in the Southern Education and Library Board area work closer together, were celebrated at Lough Neagh Discovery Centre today (Friday 18th October 2013).

 

181013PMC1__024Over the last three years, the Welcoming Schools and the Primary Curriculum Partnership projects engaged with more than 8,400 pupils, 1,000 school staff and 550 parents to promote equality of opportunity, good relations and respect for diversity and identity.

 

Funded by the International Fund for Ireland’s Sharing in Education Programme and managed by the Southern Education and Library Board, the projects supported the sharing of classes, resources, expertise and quality professional development for all staff.

 

The Welcoming Schools Project enabled schools to foster a welcoming ethos and atmosphere, build on the principles of inclusivity, respect for others and an embracing of diversity with their own school culture. Meanwhile, the Primary Curriculum Partnership Project built cross-community partnerships between 20 primary schools working together to deliver Personal Development and Mutual Understanding elements of the curriculum in shared classrooms.

 

International Fund for Ireland board Member, Billy Gamble, said:

“These projects are about bringing schools and communities together. They show the educational and societal benefits that can be secured when young people have chances to share in educational opportunities. Both projects have helped give teachers, classroom assistants and parents confidence to discuss important questions and guide children towards positive understandings of our society.

 

“Interventions like these have a part to play in a genuine shared future and are timely given Programme for Government commitments to advancing shared education. They give policymakers practical examples of how young people can participate in shared educational experiences.”

Speaking at the event, Education Minister, John O’Dowd MLA said; “I believe that every school should be promoting a ‘welcoming ethos’ and striving to fully engage with their local community.  Equipping today’s young people with the skills they need to take their place as active citizens in society is just as important as achieving academic excellence.  That is why the curriculum includes personal development and mutual understanding, citizenship, cultural understanding, human rights and equality.  These subject areas are supported by my Department’s Community Relations, Equality and Diversity in Education (CRED) Policy. 

 

“Commitments within the Programme for Government to advance shared education seek to deliver tangible educational benefits while promoting equality, respect for diversity and community cohesion.  The learning gained through Welcoming Schools, the Primary Curriculum Partnership and the other projects that make up the International Fund for Ireland’s Sharing in Education Programme will provide helpful, relevant advice on how to progress Shared Education here.”

 

Speaking at the event John Unsworth, Assistant Senior Education Officer said;

“I have followed the progress of both projects and I am delighted with the achievements of all schools involved.  Both projects closely align to the Department of Education’s policies, in particular, CRED and Every School a Good School and I have no doubt as schools see the benefits of their work, they will continue to work together to embed the work and learning into everyday school life.”

 

Mr Plunkett Campbell presented the 20 schools involved in the PCPP project with their award and commented on their success;

“I am delighted to be here today to recognise the achievements of the schools. Pupils, all staff and parents have all benefitted by participating in the projects.  Both projects are to be commended for their achievements and in advancing the aims of sharing in education.”

 

Dr. John M. Novak, Professor of Education at Brock University, Ontario, Canada was involved in the early stages of the Welcoming Schools Project.  He said:

“The Welcoming Schools Project is a wonderful example of dedicated educators working together to make schools places where all people want to be and want to learn. I have been very impressed with the participating educators' heartfelt commitment, serious thinking, and creative practices. This project has truly been a growing collaborative effort whose positive effects are just starting to be seen. Connecting with educators throughout the world who have been involved in similar projects will enable this project to gain even greater recognition. Ms Jayne Simms should be congratulated for her inspiring vision and artful articulation in enrolling participants in this life-changing initiative. Keep up the good work and celebrate your successes.”

 

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