Delight as Education Fund Gets Million Dollar Boost from Australia
Byline: KAREN QUINN EDUCATION CORRESPONDENT
INTEGRATED education in Northern Ireland last night received a multi-million dollar funding boost from Australia.
More than 200 delegates attending The Worldwide Ireland Funds Conference in Belfast were told that AUS$1 million was donated by Lady Mary Fairfax of Australia, in memory of her late husband, Sir Warwick Fairfax, and a further AUS$250,000 was donated by the fund.
Lir Integrated School in Ballycastle, which has not been given Government approval, is to receive AUS$200,000 from the donation to help secure its future.
Baroness May Blood, chairman of the Integrated Education Campaign, said the gift of AUS$1.25 million from The Ireland Funds makes an incredible difference to the Integrated Education Campaign.
"It will help many more children of all faiths and none to be educated together in our divided society," she said.
"We deeply appreciate the encouragement and support this gift provides to parents in Northern Ireland working towards a shared future. Our dream of 10 per cent of children being in integrated education has just taken a great leap forward."
The conference, which will conclude tomorrow, is being attended by delegates from all over the world who are being given an opportunity to view the impact that The Ireland Funds have had on the development of these projects and the effect on the local community. …