seen a paradigm of how people can live together in this divided soci-
ety. However, many do not seem
to wish to see or support these
Your report quotes a community leader as saying that the problem begins with segregation in primary school and that this segregation continues right through even into government-sponsored work schemes. He is correct. There is, however, an alternative.
Since Lagan College was set up in 1981, the education of Protestant and Catholic children together in schools without loss of religious or cultural identity has proved not only possible but also successful.
Report after report has shown that very many parents in Northern Ireland support such ventures but are prevented from exercising this option by the lack of such schools in particular at post-primary level.
I find it hard to understand why there is not more sustained and audible support from leaders in Northern Ireland and politicians on both sides of the Irish Sea for one of the few proven ways to lessen sectarian attitudes, fears and mistrust which plague a deeply divided community.
Northern Ireland needs leaders who will stop equivocating and speak out in support of integrated schooling.
The divisions and their attended ills do not have to continue to bedevil our society.
C. E. T. FLANAGAN
23 MarchReuse content