Future political leaders discussed their vision for Northern Irish education yesterday , 27 January, when the Integrated Education Fund (IEF) hosted a round-table conference in Belfast.
Representatives of the DUP, Sinn Fein, SDLP, UUP, Alliance and Green youth parties gathered to share views and ideas on how the system needs to move forward. The discussion was chaired by broadcaster and journalist Jim Fitzpatrick, who later commented
“It was interesting to hear a range of perspectives represented and explored, and the closed session meant that people felt able to freely express their hopes and expectations for the future. There was a consensus that we have to move towards a Northern Ireland where communities are at ease with one another and with diversity, and the young people around the table were clear that education has a huge part to play in taking us along that path.”
The round-table discussion was the latest in a series of outreach events hosted by the IEF to engage young people in conversation about segregation in different aspects of their lives.