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ERIC Number: ED426461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 14
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Islands of Healing: A St. Patrick's Day Look at Integrated Schools in Northern Ireland.
McNamee, Abigail Stahl
In Northern Ireland, groups of school children, parents, teachers, and principals are supporting religiously integrated schools. This paper gives an account of this movement and the history behind Catholic/Protestant tensions in Northern Ireland. The "Controlled" school system in the country is largely Protestant, whereas the "Maintained" system is mostly Roman Catholic. Although it is possible for a child to cross over from one type of school to another, it is extremely unusual. These separate school systems reflect separate geographical communities and can be traced back to the 17th century. By 1921, Northern Ireland was cleaved from what became the Republic of Ireland, with the former remaining under British control, giving a decided advantage to Protestant schools. Efforts to establish integrated schools were begun by parents in the early 1970s, with the first integrated school being founded in Belfast in 1981. By 1989 the Education Reform Order for Northern Ireland officially guaranteed the right of Integrated Schools to exist through financial maintenance. Funding for the schools has been a challenge, and Protestant and Catholic church officials have either reacted passively to these changes or have actively discouraged integration. The schools themselves feature a philosophy of education and integration in a relaxed atmosphere. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)