Shared education campus programme

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Two local schools are among 15 who have lodged expressions of interested with the Department of Education under the Shared Education Campuses Programme.

Duneane and Moneynick primary schools have applied for the programme.

In January 2014, Education Minister, John O’Dowd launched the Shared Education Campuses Programme, with a deadline of March 31 for receipt for expressions of interest.

Under the Executive’s ‘Together: Building a United Community’ initiative, a target has been set of commencing work on 10 campuses within the next 
five years.

Mr O’Dowd said: “The Shared Education Campuses Programme provides schools with the opportunity to build on existing sharing arrangements and access funding to help improve or provide shared facilities.

“I know that over recent months there has been a great deal of interest in advancing opportunities for shared education facilities which has resulted in the number of expressions of interest we have now received.

“The proposals submitted will be assessed over the coming weeks with a view to the successful projects being announced before the summer break. It is anticipated that work will begin on the construction of the campuses by 2016.”

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