Start building communities in schools | Letter

Gregory Quiery is right when paying tribute to cross-community holidays hosting Catholic and Protestant children in Northern Ireland during the 1970s (Letters, 17 June). More recently, I remember attending a tea party for children who had just been on such a holiday in the US. In talking to their parents there were adults who had never had a cup of tea with someone of the other faith. Let us not forget the integrated education movement in Northern Ireland, which brings young people together throughout their time at school. The benefits are clearly long-lasting and it is not surprising that many parents in Northern Ireland would welcome the option of an integrated school for their children. Every year the number of integrated schools is rising, but there is a long way to go as at present just under 8% of children attend such schools.

Alf Dubs

Labour, House of Lords

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