‘Thick or Thin Integration – Deep or Shallow Peace?’ – The 2013 All Children Together-Dunleath Lecture

“THICK OR THIN INTEGRATION – DEEP OR SHALLOW PEACE?”

Professor Brandon Hamber to give the 2013 All Children Together-Dunleath Lecture

NICIE are pleased to announce that the 2013 All Children Together-Dunleath Lecture will be given by Professor Brandon Hamber. In his lecture, Professor Hamber will explore the challenges of building peace.

Professor Hamber is Director of the International Conflict Research Institute (INCORE), an associate site of the United Nations University based at the University of Ulster. He is also a Mellon Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Human and Community Development, and the African Centre for Migration and Society at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Lecture will be given at Queen’s University in the Canada Room on Wednesday, 6 March 2013 at 7.30pm promptly (refreshments from 7pm)

The Dunleath Lectures were started in 1997 by All Children Together to promote public debate on the issues facing the integration of Northern Ireland school pupils.

A limited number of seats are still available. Those interested should contact NICIE on 028 9097 2910.

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For further information or to arrange an interview with a spokesperson please contact Noreen Campbell, Chief Executive Officer at (028) 9097 2910 or via email to ncampbell@nicie.org.uk or Louise McIvor, Communications Secretary, lmcivor@nicie.org.uk tel: (028) 9097 2910.

Notes to the Editor

1. In Northern Ireland, about 93% of children attend schools which are either exclusively or predominantly Catholic or Protestant. The first integrated school, Lagan College, opened in 1981 with 28 pupils. There are currently 62 integrated schools in Northern Ireland, 20 second level colleges and 42 integrated primaries, educating over 21,000 pupils.

2. A recent Ipsos Mori poll found that almost 90% of the population support Integrated Education and more than 90% believe that Integrated Education is important for promoting a shared and better future and promoting mutual process.

3. Integrated schools are co-educational, accept children from all levels of ability and social backgrounds and practise a child-centred approach to teaching methods.

4. Established in 1987, The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) is a voluntary organisation that was set up to develop, support and promote Integrated Education in Northern Ireland. The underpinning principles of Integrated Education is that by bringing Catholic, Protestant and children of other faiths together in a shared learning environment, they can learn to understand, respect and tolerate their differences. For more information please visit www.nicie.org