We must embrace a diverse and equal society
Sinn Féin Junior Minister Gerry Kelly MLA along with Jeffrey Donaldson today emphasised the importance of moving towards a society where there is respect and understanding for each other's traditions.
The theme of Intercultural and Anti Racism Week this year is Education. Gerry Kelly spoke of the important role education has to play.
Mr Kelly said:
"We recognise that education has a key role to play in challenging racism and sectarianism, and building a better and shared future for all people here. It is in the minds of our young people today that the seeds are being sown for our future.
"We witness daily, the increasing diversity amongst people who live on this island. All new communities and migrant workers in our society are very welcome for the economic benefits, skills, new ideas, and fresh perspectives that they bring."
The Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister is currently working on bringing forward detailed proposals for a 'Programme of Cohesion, Sharing and Integration for a shared and better future' which will build on the solid foundation established by the 'Racial Equality Strategy' and the 'Shared Future' documents.
Notes to Editors:
Intercultural and Anti Racism Week takes place from 7 - 13 April 2008. It is a joint initiative between the Equality Commission and the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism. The week comprises a series of events which aim to encourage people to celebrate diversity and reject racism.