Wed, Nov 8th, 2017
€35.3 million worth of EU PEACE IV funding has been announced today by the Special EU Programmes Body to deliver ‘shared education’ initiatives that will bring together school children and teachers from different communities and backgrounds across the region. ‘Shared education’ is defined as bringing together children from different religious and socio-economic backgrounds in a shared learning environment.
The funding will be used to support shared education initiatives across Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. It will use a ‘whole school’ approach involving teachers and pre-school practitioners, classroom assistants, governors, pupils and their families, as well as curriculum development and collaboration with the local community. Staff of schools and other educational settings participating in the Programme will gain the skills necessary to positively engage in and lead shared education initiatives to pre-schools, primary schools and post-primary schools. The primary and post-primary initiatives will be delivered by Léargas alongside the Education Authority in Northern Ireland.
Welcoming the funding, Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills, said
“This funding of €35.3 million will have a really meaningful impact on thousands of students in hundreds of schools north and south of the border, by giving them the opportunity to work with and learn from communities different than their own. The experience gained during participation on ‘shared education’ initiatives will ensure our students have a better understanding of communities on both sides of the border. I have set the ambition to make Ireland’s education system the best in Europe within a decade and good relations with our neighbours in Northern Ireland is important to delivering on this ambition.
Match-funding for the Shared Education initiatives has been provided by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills in Ireland.
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