Education Minister visits schools in Dungannon embracing diversity

Date published: 03 March 2016

Education Minister John O'Dowd stops in with pupils and staff at St Patrick's Primary School and Dungannon Primary School.

Both schools have a diverse range of nationalities and many pupils are bi-lingual.

Minister O'Dowd was treated to special performances from the children at both schools, clearly demonstrating the involvement of all the pupils and their competency in a range of languages.

The Minister paid tribute to the schools and local community saying:

“It is clear these schools and these local communities embrace the rich tapestry and diverse world we live in. Everyone learns from mixed cultures and languages and I congratulate St Patrick's and Dungannon Primary Schools on everything they do to support these pupils and their families.”

Notes to editors: 

1. The Department of Education’s ‘Education Works’ campaign promotes the value of education. This year’s campaign aims to ensure that parents have information on schooling and that they are aware of the steps they can take to ‘Get Involved’ and support their teenager in achieving good outcomes at school. Watch out for the ads on television, radio and outdoor locations. The campaign highlights the vital role families can play in helping children do well at school and improve their life chances. Visit nidirect - Education Works for more information or watch the TV ad on the Department’s YouTube channel.

2. See photos from the Department of Education in our flickr collection.

3. Media enquiries to the Department of Education’s Communications Team on Tel: 028 9127 9268. Out of office hours contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07699715440 and your call will be returned.

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