Lessons in beating bigotry…

NEWS in from Scotland, and Jack McConnell’s plans to ‘twin’ schools in Scotland to help combat sectarianism there has met with a mixed reception, though the kids and parents in one pair of schools seem to be coming round to the idea. In other efforts at reconciliation, the International Fund for Ireland has recently switched its funding focus in Northern Ireland towards greater support for cross-community schemes, bringing the IFI cash flow to an end in about five years. With Americans highly supportive of integrated education too, perhaps the sector is about to experience some growth. I hope so.