Belfast Telegraph

Young tell politicians they want truly shared future

Editor's Viewpoint

Young people in Northern Ireland have set the politicians another educational challenge. More than 80% of those polled for this newspaper said they felt non-segregated education was very important to them. This is an overwhelming desire to be taught together by the people who matter most – the 16-24-year-olds who have recently gone through or are going through the present segregated system.

Politicians cannot continue to ignore the widespread desire for more integrated education. That does not mean just sharing the occasional lesson or after-school activity or even sharing campuses. It means children of all faiths and none sitting down in the same classrooms, getting to know each other and to realise that many of the supposed certainties they feel about 'the other side' are really myths.

What better way to create a shared future than to learn together?

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