The Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Councillor Sean Bateson said: “New legislation in 2016 has laid the foundations to encourage, facilitate and promote Shared Education between pupils of differing religious beliefs, and of differing socio-economic situations. Council’s Good Relations team is working with the Education Authority to add value to the work that they are already doing in the schools within our Borough. We hope that these projects will help to establish and maintain good relationships between children from different backgrounds who would otherwise not have this opportunity.”
Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council Good Relations Officer Joy Wisener added: “Through projects like this we hope that our young people can be more engaged in bringing the community together. The Education Networking Programme also includes a conference in February for teachers who lead on Shared Education within their schools. It will provide an opportunity for schools to learn from each other and to meet other organisations who may be able to facilitate some of the sessions when pupils come together. The projects that have taken place recently in some of our local school partnerships will also be showcased at the conference.”
This project has received financial assistance from The Executive Office as part of the District Councils Good Relations Programme which is committed to delivering on the T:BUC strategy (Together Building a United Community).