SELF Welcomes EU Funding
The Shared Education Learning Forum in Northern Ireland today welcomed the announcement of 35 million Euros provided by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) for cross border shared education.
Barbara Ward, Chair of the Shared Education Learning Forum (NI) said,
“We welcome today’s announcement of additional funding for shared education under the EU Peace IV programme. Shared education, which has developed in Northern Ireland since 2002 and was legislated for in the 2016 Shared Education Act, is increasing educational opportunity and attainment for our children.”
Mrs Ward added,
“It is the vision of SELF (NI) that shared education will help build a culturally diverse and inclusive society where all children can achieve their full potential.”
Mrs Ward is the former principal of the Cross & Passion College in Ballycastle, which, together with Mr Ian Williamson, principal of Balllycastle High School, piloted shared education over a number of years.
“Shared education has measurable educational, economic and social benefits. These outcomes are experienced by individual pupils, the participant schools and the local community. The Shared Education Learning Forum, the practitioner body within shared education, has facilitated and enabled teachers to get involved in the discussion and debates, and the implementation of the shared education signature projects. This includes the recently launched Teachers Professional Learning strategy.”
Notes for Editors
- Barbara Ward OBE, MSc, BA, PGCE is the chair of the Shared Education Learning Forum (SELF NI) and is the former school principal of Cross & Passion High School Ballycastle, one of the early ioneering schools in shared education.
- More information on the work of SELF can be viewed at: selfni.org
- The SEUPB is a north-south body that manages EU Peace IV and Interreg funding. Since 1995 the border counties of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have benefited from millions of pounds of EU funding through the funding. The Peace IV funding stream is due to run until 2020.
Contact: Barbara Ward Mobile: 07779291670