Pupils at an integrated primary school in south Belfast welcomed a visitor from the other side of the world when they showed a supporter from down-under how integration and sharing work in their classrooms and playgrounds.
Teresa Keating, executive director of the Australian Ireland Fund joined pupils at Forge Integrated Primary School, Ravenhill to see integration at work and to congratulate the school on its 25 years of bringing children of all backgrounds to learn together.
The Ireland Funds have been proud supporters of integrated education for more than 25 years, believing integrated schools have a vital role to play in building a shared future for Northern Ireland. Support from The Ireland Funds has built and improved school facilities, purchased much-needed equipment and developed the range and quality of services available to pupils.
Lady Mary Fairfax, of the Fairfax Group publishing empire, is a leading supporter of the Australian Ireland Fund and for a number of years has hosted a benefit party in the garden of her home overlooking Sydney Harbour.
The Australian Ireland Fund and The Sir Warwick Fairfax Trust have supported a host of integrated schools, including Blackwater IC, Ballycastle IPS, Fort Hill IPS, Drumlins IPS and Rowandale IPS.