President receives Baroness May Blood and Mr. Paul Caskey from the Integrated Education Fund on a courtesy call

Fri 25th Jun, 2021 | 14:30
location: Áras an Uachtaráin

Áras an Uachtaráin

Friday, 25th June, 2021

Statement from President Higgins following a meeting with Baroness Blood

Date: Fri 25th Jun, 2021 | 17:00

President Higgins and his wife Sabina today welcomed Baroness Blood and  Mr. Paul Caskey of the Integrated Education Fund to Áras an Uachtaráin, where they discussed not only the Baroness’ work on this issue, but also her contribution to peace and full participation in society for children and parents. 

President Higgins and Sabina are life-long campaigners on access to quality education, with children educated together. The President and Sabina, while taking the opportunity to pay tribute to the work of the Integrated Education Fund and to Baroness Blood in particular, discussed with her and Mr. Caskey how we might, North and South, make further progress in co-operation.

Speaking after the meeting, the President said:

“The work of the Integrated Education Fund, which supports communities and schools who are working to create a shared future based on integrated education for their children, is of the greatest importance in its potential contributions as to how we might realise a peaceful and fulfilling future for all of the children on the island of Ireland.

Sabina and I have been long-time supporters of the Educate Together movement. We were founding members and active Board members of the Galway School Project. We remain convinced that the ethos of practical equality that informs the Integrated Education and Educate Together movements is pivotal for our common future.

An inclusive approach to the education of our young people is an empowering one. It is one of the most important factors in enabling our children to become independent minded, yet socially informed and responsible, democratic citizens; citizens who are encouraged and enabled to envision the means to a better and fairer society, a shared society where there is room and appreciation for the views, skills and identities of all.”