Pre-school settings on both sides of the border are looking forward to working together again on Shared Education activities thanks to the €4.2million project Sharing From The Start.
The Sharing From The Start initiative is supported the European union’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. It involves early years settings throughout Northern Ireland and the Southern Border counties forming cross-community partnerships, and the children taking part in joint curricular classes, improving educational outcomes and promoting good relations.
Now in it’s fifth year, almost 3000 children have been involved throughout the region. By partnering with a neighbouring pre-school, staff, parents and children are able to avail of many opportunities including tutoring and various curriculum based activities. All of them are now busy planning their shared sessions and looking forward to starting their work together.
Sharing From The Start is administered by Early Years working in collaboration with the National Childhood Network and the Fermanagh Trust. Together these three organisations have a strong track record of working for the benefit of children and good relations development. Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Department of Education in Northern Ireland and the Department of Education and Skills in the Republic of Ireland.
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