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Schools lobby for conflict funds


02/05/2008 :: Northern Ireland :: BBC News

Six principals are lobbying the Stormont education committee for the return of interface funding, introduced during the Holy Cross dispute in 2001.

The additional budgetary allocation ended on 31 March.

The education minister said the scheme was intended to be a short-term measure.

Another fund for loyalist areas, Renewing Communities, also ended a month ago, while the Extended Schools scheme has been reduced.

One principal of a Shankill Road primary school said the cutbacks were the equivalent of five teachers and three classroom assistants in her school alone.

Betty Orr, principal of Edenbrooke Primary School on the Shankill Road in west Belfast, said the situation was "not good enough".

"There are huge needs within these areas," she said.

"Certainly where the Shankill is concerned, it has been hit by several events that have traumatised children - and those don't go away overnight."



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