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North/South Co-operation

Part of Education – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:15 pm on 2nd November 2009.

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Photo of Caitriona Ruane Caitriona Ruane Sinn Féin 2:15 pm, 2nd November 2009

As the Member will be aware, an all-island conference was held near Dundalk to launch a multidisciplinary diversity pack for every primary school on the island of Ireland. Representatives from schools that have a significant number of newcomer children spoke to the conference and to the last North/South Ministerial Council meeting at the Middletown centre for excellence in Armagh, and there was a useful sharing of good practice.

We are learning from the South of Ireland’s Traveller education strategy, and we have established the Traveller education strategy group, which is jointly chaired by Dr Robbie McVeigh and an Irish Traveller from the South of Ireland. Some very interesting work is being done. We held a good conference in Newry on the subject of ensuring that every Traveller child receives equality in our education system. Unfortunately, that was not the case in the past.