Educate Together appointed patron of new schools in Dublin and Galway

The NGO aims to provide equality of access to children regardless of their cultural or religious backgrounds.

MINISTER FOR EDUCATION Ruairí Quinn has announced that Educate Together will be the patron of two new primary schools due to open in 2014.

The minister said this is a further step in the process that began in 2011 when he announced that 20 new primary schools would be established by 2015 to cater for increasing pupil numbers in certain locations.

Educate Together has been appointed the patron of the new 16-classroom school in the Sandymount/Ringsend area of Dublin and of the 8-classroom school to be opened in the Knocknacarra area of Galway.

The independent NGO runs schools that it says “guarantee equality of access and esteem to children irrespective of their social, cultural or religious background.”

“In making the decisions on the patronage of these schools, I was particularly conscious of taking into account the clear parental demand for plurality and diversity of patronage,” the minister said today. “The new schools getting the go-ahead will optimise parental choice and strengthen diversity of provision in the areas where they are being established”.

Department officials will be in contact with Educate Together shortly in regard to the logistics of establishing the new schools that are going ahead.

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