Jerusalem Educationalists visit St Mary’s College

A group of principals from schools in Jerusalem visited St. Mary’s College in Derry on Tuesday last to learn about the Shared Education Programme involving St Mary’s, Lisneal and St Cecilia’s Colleges. The visit was led by Myriam Darmoni Charbit and hosted by Queen’s University Belfast’s School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work. The 35-strong group, from Jewish and Palestinian Arabic schools, visited St Mary’s College where they were welcomed St Mary’s Traditional Group and a display of Irish Dancing. They then learned some céilí dancing before joining a Shared Education LLW class with Year 8 pupils from the three colleges. The class was facilitated by Mrs Karen McEvoy, (Lisneal) Mrs Juliette Barber (St Cecilia’s) and Mr Gavin Molloy (St Mary’s). The visitors enjoyed speaking to pupils and staff and learning about the Shared Education Programme and how it works in practice. After a tour of the school they left to visit another Shared Education Partnership between Long Tower and the Fountain Primary Schools. This is the third delegation that Queens University Belfast has brought to Northern Ireland in the last three years to learn about the Shared Education Programme.

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