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Shared society 

Wednesday 27 January 2021, 16:00 GMT

What needs to happen in the classroom and in the structures of the education system to promote a shared and integrated society? How do we build on new models of sharing, cooperation and integration to deliver long term improvements in the quality, equity and sustainability of the system?

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“Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and the smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through it lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine a new world. And ready to fight for it.” Arundhati Roy, ‘The Pandemic is a Portal’, FT, 3 April 2020


Professor Cathy Gormley-Heenan (Chair)

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Ulster University

Professor Tony Gallagher

Professor of Education, Queen’s University Belfast

Yael Maayan

Director of Academia as a Shared Space, Abraham Initiatives

Dr Anne Looney

Executive Dean, Institute of Education, Dublin City University

John McCloskey

Head of Religious and Integrated Studies, Shimna Integrated College