A Derry MLA has welcomed Shared Education Week and says it has an important role in promoting a shared future for our children.

"Shared education has a key role to play in building a shared society as well as improving the attainment of our young people,” Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Karen Mullan commented.

Speaking after attending the launch of Shared Education Week at Girdwood Hub, the Foyle MLA said:

“Education has the potential to play a crucial role in the development of the type of shared society that we wish to see.

“The research around educational underachievement and inequality clearly demonstrates that genuine co-operation and good leadership within schools and communities provides the potential to yield better results and higher levels of attainment.

“Increased levels of sharing and co-operation between schools and across different sectors is key to delivering a comprehensive access to the curriculum on the basis of equality. We already have many examples of schools sharing facilities and collaborating with each other in a range of areas and with the levels of funding promised for shared education we would hope to see much more of it in the future.

“Sinn Féin is committed to providing all children with the option of accessing shared education which I believe can play a part in furthering reconciliation as well as impacting positively on educational outcomes.”

Shared Education events are running all week and for more information or to register go online: www.selfni.org/shared-education-week/

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