Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Student discovers integration strikes a chord with rock hero

A Malone Integrated College student hit the high notes recently when he met Kevin Baird, bass player with internationally-acclaimed Two Door Cinema Club.

Budding campaigner Christopher Maher recorded a filmed interview with the Bangor musician on his support for the One School of Thought campaign.

Two Door Cinema Club, formed in 2007, have two sell-out UK tours under their belt and an award-winning debut album, Tourist History.

One School of Thought calls on MLAs to make education reform a key priority over the next four years, building on the widespread support for greater sharing and integration within and between schools.

Kevin added his name to those of other high-profile signatories, from business, sport, the arts and civic society who have signed up to One School of Thought,

Christopher, a straight-A student in his final year at Malone College, answered a call from the Integrated Education Fund for music fans and aspiring broadcasters to join it and help with the filming.

Kevin said: "I feel like Northern Ireland has come such a long way in many areas, but education is lagging behind.

"Once children live and learn with people outside of their normal stomping grounds we can finally root out the misconceptions which run often unnoticed through each strand of our society."

Christopher added: "I feel really lucky to be involved in this project; it has been a privilege to meet Kevin. I agree with him that it's crucial to break down cultural barriers, reduce conflict and improve communication.

"It can only enhance our country's image and attract investment - building a better future for Northern Ireland socially and economically."

The video will be made available via the website www.oneschoolofthought.org.uk .

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