In 2014, there were more than two and a half times as many students in integrated schools as in 1998… despite the decline in the total school-age population during this period – A survey conducted in 2018 showed that nearly 67% of parents in Northern Ireland would support an integration approach to their school – The “Together Building a United Community” (TBUC) strategy is: “Segregation in housing and in our education system, physical separations and invisible divisions that exist in both urban and rural areas , can all be barriers” – Each integrated school was founded by committed and pioneering local parents, or after a campaign for the integration of an existing school through a formal process called “transformation.” The Ministry of Education has a legal obligation to “promote and facilitate the development of integrated education.” This is underlined by the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 – 22 years after the Good Friday Agreement, there are only 65 integrated schools in Northern Ireland that train children from kindergarten to the age of 18, or 7% of NI school enrolment – In September 2020, 25 integrated schools became transformed schools. We are in favour and support a change in the education system in Northern Ireland in response to public demand; In the 2016 ELECTIONS to the NI Assembly, integrated education appeared in the vast majority of the party`s protests. Since its inception in 1992, the IEF has invested $28 million in integrated education and inter-communal education initiatives across Northern Ireland. In 2016, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reiterated its concern at the persistence of religious segregation of schools in Northern Ireland and still recommends “the State Party… In Northern Ireland, a fully integrated education system promote discussions on voting rights and citizens` rights in Northern Ireland Existing Open Comment threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Because of the breadth of this community of comments, we are not in a position to pay the same attention to each intervention, but we have received this area in the interest of an open debate. Please continue to respect all commentators and conduct constructive debates. It is a story of hope when hope is deficient. In January 2017, the power-sharing Government of Northern Ireland collapsed due to alleged corruption in a state energy programme. October 2019 marks 1,000 days without administration. Progress on peace and reconciliation – as glacial as it was when the Northern Ireland executive was a candidate – is likely to be countered.
The architects of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement described the situation as a “dangerous moment” to leave Northern Ireland.