Clare Bailey and John Barry attend opening of integrated summer camp at Lagan College

Monday 7th August 2017

Green Party senior members Clare Bailey MLA and Cllr John Barry renewed their longstanding support for integrated education in attending the opening of “Camp Camilla” at Lagan College.

Clare Bailey MLA was one of the first pupils to attend Lagan College and has maintained a long association with the ground breaking school. Clare, MLA for South Belfast, was delighted to see Camp Camilla, an American type summer camp involving Lagan College students and pupils from across other local schools.

Clare Bailey MLA said:

“I was delighted and honoured to attend the opening of ‘Camp Camilla’ at Lagan College with my party colleague Cllr John Barry.  It was wonderful to see so many young and energetic people excitedly looking forward to the week ahead and new friendships to be made.  This is the third year of Camp Camilla, a week long summer camp for 10-14 year olds, allowing them to experience integrated education.

“The Green Party fully supports the integrated education movement and we had really useful discussion with Camp Camilla organisers to explore ways of increasing public awareness of integrated education, as distinct from ‘shared education’.”

Cllr John Barry added:
“We know that educating our children together, as opposed to our current segregated system, means long-lasting friendships across the community divide in Northern Ireland. Integrated education is a key element in helping us build on our peace to create a society more at ease with itself.

“While of course integrated education by itself will not solve our problems, I am convinced that we will not move beyond our current ‘frozen peace’ where power is ‘shared out’ as opposed to ‘power-sharing’, until the next generation of citizens learn and play together.

“Government needs to do much more to promote this proven way for our society to realise we have more in common than what divides us.  It saddens me to to think than over 90% of our children are educated separately. However, I came away today inspired at the dedication of those within the integrated education movement.”

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