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INTEGRATED EDUCATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND

EDM (Early Day Motion) 899: tabled on 10 March 2005

Tabled in the 2004-05 session.

This motion has been signed by 20 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House notes that the Belfast Agreement embraces the need to facilitate and encourage integrated education because an essential aspect of the reconciliation process is the promotion of a culture of tolerance at every level of society; notes, however, that only five per cent. of pupils in Northern Ireland attend integrated schools, which bring together pupils, staff and governors, in roughly equal numbers of Protestants and Catholic pupils, plus other faiths and none, to cultivate self-respect and respect for other people and cultures; applauds the fact that the integrated education movement has made major strides this academic year with the opening of seven new integrated schools and that the number of such schools stands at its highest, thanks to the efforts of dedicated parents, the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education and the Integrated Education Fund; further notes that 700 pupils were denied access to integrated schools because of a lack of places; notes that President Bush will receive two students from Ulidia Integrated College at the St Patrick's Day event at the White House symbolising US support for the integrated education movement; recognises that integrated education does not provide a panacea for a deeply segregated and divided society but that increasing the integrated education sector will be a massive investment in a non-sectarian and pluralist society, without imposing a single educational model but giving all parents and students a choice; and urges the Government to increase its support to integrated schools as an urgent matter of public policy.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.