Committee Briefed on Educational Project in USA

Session: 2011/2012

Date: 30 May 2012

Reference: EDUC 03/11/12

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Education received a special briefing this morning from the Children’s Aid Society.  The briefing focused on a project in USA which helps children from deprived areas improve their grades and overall wellbeing by providing pastoral care and after school support.

Committee Chairperson, Mervyn Storey MLA said: “It was fascinating to hear about the American community project from the Children’s Aid Society and we thank them for coming and presenting to the Committee today.  It was very helpful to hear how the project was implemented and managed, along with the many very positive stories and successful outcomes.” 

Committee Deputy Chairperson, Danny Kinahan MLA added: “We will forward our thoughts on the project to the Minister for Education and his Department as we believe parts of the project could be adapted for use here in order to have a positive effect on children in Northern Ireland.  Every child deserves to grow up in an environment where they feel safe and supported and it is paramount that we do what we can to make this happen and encourage this.” 

The Children’s Aid Society runs full service community schools in Chicago and New York.


The Assembly Committee for Education received a special briefing from the Children's Aid Society on an educational project taking place in the USA. Pictured following the briefing in Parliament Buildings are: (l-r) Lynda Wilson (Director Barnardo's NI); Mervyn Storey MLA (Chairperson of the Education Committee); Abe Fernandez (Children's Aid Society); Danny Kinahan MLA (Deputy Chairperson of the Education Committee); and Jane Quinn (Children's Aid Society).

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