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Scheme to put pay to educational segregation

24-09-2007

UTV News

Educational segregation could lessen under a new £3.7 million collaboration scheme involving schools across Northern Ireland.

Twelve projects involving 60 schools will take part in the Sharing Education Programme (SEP) offering students the chance to embrace cultural difference and build relationships with others from different backgrounds.

Cash for the initiative has been secured from the International Fund for Ireland, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and will be administered by Queen`s University Belfast.
As the SEP was launched Denis Rooney, International Fund for Ireland Chairman, claimed it was another step towards bringing together diverse experiences.

He said: "While we have made tremendous progress as the community moves towards becoming a peaceful society in recent months, we still have to face the unpalatable reality that we are still a segregated society in terms of where we live and learn."

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