Continue Public Funding of Faith-based Schools in Northern Ireland
- Prime Minister Cameron, First Minister Robinson, Deputy Minister McGuinness, NIA Members
- Northern Ireland
We, the undersigned, residents from Northern Ireland, appeal to the government to take action to continue funding faith-based schools in order to promote a moral climate of universal character values which not only reduces juvenile delinquency but also proactively encourages responsible citizenship and behaviour for pupils in Northern Ireland as youth and adults;
THAT school choice is a capstone of a stable and diverse society;
THAT parents already pay taxes towards the provision of state-funded faith-based schooling services;
THAT the Catholic Church has greatly contributed towards the funding for Catholic schools which has saved money for taxpayers and reduced the overall cost of education;
THAT one of the chief aims of the Catholics schools is to welcome pupils from all backgrounds and to build a cohesive society for the common good;
THAT the government’s current and longstanding policy on education according to Northern Ireland’s education minister is to:
“…have a single system of education administration supporting a diversity of schools.” Furthermore, “This policy recognizes that the diversity of school types, each with its distinctive character and ethos, is a strength of our educational system. It is also a reflection of parental and learner choice."
THEREFORE, your petitioners (residents of Northern Ireland) request that the members of the Northern Ireland Assembly support legislation for the continued funding of faith-based schools.