October 26: Schools lead the way on integration

WE are delighted to publish more photos this week from junior infants classes around Limerick city and county.

WE are delighted to publish more photos this week from junior infants classes around Limerick city and county.

The ‘My First School’ series has attracted a lot of positive feedback from readers, many of whom have remarked upon the number of African, Asian, Slavic and other new faces in our primary schools.

Teachers rightly point out that they have not been adequately resourced by government in terms of language supports and the other challenges immigration brings. Ruairi Quinn might do better by all of our children were he to address these issues with as much gusto as he is putting into the reform of school patronage.

But the story of integration in our schools to date seems largely to be a positive one, as the photos in our supplement so vividly demonstrate. Limerick is changing and we should all make the most of this diversity.

On a week when Doras Luimni published disturbing accounts of racism in our midst, we must hope our schoolchildren grow up with a less prejudiced outlook.