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Teaching Respect And Inclusion

Posted 11:45AM on Thursday 04 December 2014

A Fermanagh school has become the first in Northern Ireland to receive our “What About Me?” Welcome Award.

Maguiresbridge Primary School was nominated by our Lakeland Family Support Service to acknowledge the positive relationship between the two over many years. The school has gone the extra mile for the Service by providing a base for summer schemes and family events. One of its former pupils is now supported by our Lakeland Supported Living Service.

Positive Futures’ Chief Executive, Agnes Lunny, said: “The formative years in primary school are when children develop their attitudes to others and learn the value of inclusion, but the school needs to lead the way by setting an example. Maguiresbridge Primary School has done just that in all the time it has been working with Positive Futures. We hope many more schools will follow suit.

“Our ‘What About Me?’ campaign aims to make Northern Ireland a more inclusive place for people with a disability or other condition that some in society believe sets them apart. The Welcome Award enables businesses and organisations to show people at a glance that they are committed to respect and equality by displaying a certificate and window sticker.”

Maguiresbridge Primary School Principal, Honor Irvine, said: “The school is very pleased to receive the “What About Me?” Welcome Award from Positive Futures. We feel it highlights and celebrates the school’s ethos of respect and inclusion. Within school we aim to provide a welcoming environment for pupils, parents and members of the wider community. We are delighted that Positive Futures have recognised our commitment to help children overcome barriers to learning.”