Wed, Mar 28th, 2018
Shared education on both sides of the border is to receive over €29million of EU PEACE IV funding. Funding for the project is provided by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) through the PEACE IV programme, with the Education Authority (EA) in Northern Ireland and Léargas managing the project in partnership. Match-funding for this Collaboration and Sharing in Education (CASE) project has been provided by the Department of Education (DE) in Northern Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills (DES) in the Republic of Ireland. Over a four year period, the CASE project, which will run until 2022, is intended to enable 280 schools and 135,000 pupils to take part in shared education through local partnerships on a cross-sectoral and cross-border basis. Over 2000 teachers will be trained to facilitate and deliver at least 30 hours of shared education for the pupils involved.
Ahead of the official launch at Armagh’s Marketplace Theatre on 21 March, 89 local partnerships involving just over 200 schools and approximately 11,000 pupils have been approved, with funding approaching €1million already committed. Five of the partnerships involved, featuring schools from as far afield as counties Fermanagh and Cavan, showcased some of their shared education activities at the CASE project launch.
The event was addressed by DE Permanent Secretary Derek Baker, EA Chief Executive Gavin Boyd, Léargas Executive Director Jim Mullin, SEUPB Chief Executive Gina McIntyre and guest speaker Michael Wardlow from the Equality Commission.