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International Fund for Ireland and The Atlantic Philanthropies respond to the Education Minister’s Statement on advancing shared education

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 The Minister of Education John O’Dowd MLA, today (22nd October 2013) made a statement to the Northern Ireland Assembly on advancing shared education and addressed the recommendations presented earlier this year in The Report of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education. 

In response Dr Adrian Johnston, speaking on behalf of the International Fund for Ireland and The Atlantic Philanthropies, said:

 

“The endorsement of recommendations made by the Ministerial Advisory Group is a significant step towards making shared education a reality for all schools, pupils and communities. The Minister and the Department deserve credit for establishing the Group and taking on board their findings for systemic change.

 

 “Schools working together is a good thing and that can help sustain schools, improve academic performance and build a shared future. There is cross-party recognition of the benefit and opportunities that result from teachers sharing know-how and schools sharing resources.

 

 

 

“Establishing meaningful collaboration between schools must now be a priority for everyone. We cannot delay in giving pupils the chance to take part in high quality educational experiences that promote positive academic, economic and reconciliation outcomes. The case for schools working together has been made, now is the time to deliver.

 

“Proven shared education models are ready to support the Department to meet its remaining Programme for Government commitment and reach its target of all schools being involved in shared education by 2015. Over the past seven years, the International Fund for Ireland and The Atlantic Philanthropies have developed projects and partnerships that clearly demonstrate how cross-sectoral collaboration can be an integral part of school life.

 

 

 

“It’s time to agree the practical approaches that can respond to the realities on the ground and make sense in each locality.”

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International Fund for Ireland and The Atlantic Philanthropies respond to the Education Minister’s Statement on advancing shared education

 

The Minister of Education John O’Dowd MLA, today made a statement to the Northern Ireland Assembly on advancing shared education and addressed the recommendations presented earlier this year in The Report of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Advancing Shared Education.

 

In response Dr Adrian Johnston, speaking on behalf of the International Fund for Ireland and The Atlantic Philanthropies, said:

 

“The endorsement of recommendations made by the Ministerial Advisory Group is a significant step towards making shared education a reality for all schools, pupils and communities. The Minister and the Department deserve credit for establishing the Group and taking on board their findings for systemic change.

 

“Schools working together is a good thing and that can help sustain schools, improve academic performance and build a shared future. There is cross-party recognition of the benefit and opportunities that result from teachers sharing know-how and schools sharing resources.

 

“Establishing meaningful collaboration between schools must now be a priority for everyone. We cannot delay in giving pupils the chance to take part in high quality educational experiences that promote positive academic, economic and reconciliation outcomes. The case for schools working together has been made, now is the time to deliver.

 

“Proven shared education models are ready to support the Department to meet its remaining Programme for Government commitment and reach its target of all schools being involved in shared education by 2015. Over the past seven years, the International Fund for Ireland and The Atlantic Philanthropies have developed projects and partnerships that clearly demonstrate how cross-sectoral collaboration can be an integral part of school life.

 

“It’s time to agree the practical approaches that can respond to the realities on the ground and make sense in each locality.”