The IEF and NICIE are honoured and delighted that the organisations have been jointly nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize 2019.
The nomination, from eminent politicians and academics, shows an appreciation of the work of parents, campaigners and schools to develop integrated education in Northern Ireland. It also recognises the daily work within integrated schools to actively and intentionally celebrate religious and cultural integration in our divided society.
Tina Merron, IEF Chief Executive, said
“This is a great honour, and a testament to all the pioneers who have been committed to opening and developing integrated schools in the face of social challenges and political inertia. Thanks are due to the nominators and also to the donors and supporters who have helped grow integrated education in Northern Ireland in response to parental demand.”
Lagan College in Belfast, the first planned integrated school, was awarded the Cross of Nails and, more recently, New-Bridge Integrated College in Loughbrickland received the Evens Peace Prize.
Roisin Marshall, CEO of NICIE, commented
“This Nobel nomination is the latest prestigious recognition of the spirit of the integrated education movement. It highlights the power of education in supporting peace building and reconciliation – and also acknowledges the dedication shown by committed campaigners over four decades.”
Here at NICIE, and we are sure the IEF feel the same, we are humbled and grateful for the nomination. It is not only testament to the work of so many people over the years within our organisations, but also reflects on the continuing hard work in integrated schools across Northern Ireland. This accolade goes to all of the governors, parents, staff, children and young people there as well.