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Schoolgirls give us pause for thought on segregation

Editor's Viewpoint

Sometimes the initiatives and comments from our young people are like a breath of fresh air, and the two girls from Londonderry who have made a poignant new documentary give us all food for thought.

Courtney Cooke from Lisneal College in a Protestant part of Derry has worked with Yvonne Weir from St Cecilia's College in the Bogside to make a short film as part of a project run by the Nerve Centre in Derry, whose work is threatened by the Stormont arts cuts.

The girls swap uniforms, and reflect on their city's divided history. They also ask why future generations should be segregated, and wonder if it would not be better if schools were not divided by religion and different labels.

With young people who think like that, there may indeed be hope for the future. So often we are used to old ways of thinking, but we can learn so much from our young people, if only we would pause to listen to them.

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