On a visit to Hazelwood Integrated College, the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg said â€˜integrated school students symbolize the new Northern Ireland – a Northern Ireland where all the community is working side by side for the benefit of all.â€™
Bloomberg met with students and staff and heard of their positive experiences of learning and teaching in an inner city integrated school. The visit took place ahead of Mayor Bloombergâ€™s meeting with Northern Ireland’s First Minister Ian Paisley and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuiness at Stormont.
Joining Mayor Bloomberg on his visit to the school was Speaker of the New York City Council, Christine Quinn, and Baroness May Blood.
Baroness Blood said â€˜Itâ€™s a huge honour to welcome Mayor Bloomberg and Christine Quinn to Hazelwood Integrated College and itâ€™s a great opportunity for the Integrated Education Movement to showcase the work and achievements of its students. Northern Irelandâ€™s shared future must be based on working and learning together, and integrated education represents that future.â€™
Mayor Bloomberg said; “I really enjoyed my visit to Hazelwood Integrated College this morning. It was wonderful to witness at first hand the inclusive spirit and dedication to learning demonstrated at Hazelwood. These young people symbolize the new Northern Ireland – a Northern Ireland where all the community is working side by side for the benefit of all. Integrated schools appear to be providing not only an excellent educational choice, but also a way for the next generation to begin working together to build a shared future.”
“By bringing together children of all races, creeds and colours, the Integrated Education Movement is providing a crucial foundation promoting tolerance and fostering cultural understanding” said New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “The New York City Council has a long record of both promoting and exemplifying diversity, and I am proud to support a movement that recognizes that identity is only enriched when we celebrate our differences.”
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