Northern Ireland - Primary tests better relations

9th July 2010 at 01:00

A West Belfast primary is the first in Northern Ireland to take part in a United Nations-endorsed programme that builds relationships between schools and families in areas of deprivation.

Pupils, parents and teachers from St Bernadette's Girls' Primary School in Ballymurphy participated in the NI pilot project of the Families and Schools Together (FAST) initiative, which was organised by the charity Save the Children.

During the eight weeks' training, parents and children worked with community workers and teachers to build relationships with the school and in the local area.

Over the next two years, Save the Children will continue the scheme with the group of 22 families and teachers.

Originally developed at Middlesex University, FAST is being practised in 2,000 schools across eight countries worldwide. MR.

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