Church of Ireland Synod: Christianity Needs to Be Part of Education

The News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), May 16, 2003 | Go to article overview

Church of Ireland Synod: Christianity Needs to Be Part of Education


CHURCHES have both a responsibility and the right to bring Christian thinking to bear on the education system which shapes the lives of their young people, a former Co Tyrone school principal told the Church of Ireland general synod yesterday.

Wilfred Young, retired principal of Cookstown High School, said schools are sadly for an increasing number of young people the only influence they have in inculcating bona fide spiritual and social values.

Mr Young, presenting the Church's education report, reminded synod delegates that controlled schools in Northern Ireland are state-funded, yet church- related schools transferred in the 1930s,1940s and 1950s, under guarantee in respect of religious education, assembly worship and appontment of staff.

Turning to the review of post-primary education and the follow-up to the Burns report, Mr Young warmly welcomed Minister of Education Jane Kennedy's recent ministerial announcement of the establishment of the working group comprising various educational interests.

This group will include representatives of the three main Protestant churches via the Transferor Representative Council (TRC), which is the sole body representing the ethos of controlled schools. …

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