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New £4million school makes a real difference to children - Ruane

27 June, 2007


Sinn Féin Education Minister Caitríona Ruane has said that the new £4.41 million Harberton School will make a real difference to the education services available to its pupils.

The Minister was speaking as she performed the official opening of the new building for Harberton School and Outreach Services in Belfast.

The new building, which represents an investment of £4.41m by the Belfast Education and Library Board and the Department of Education, will help the school meet the needs of its pupils - children with moderate learning difficulties (MLD) and specific learning difficulties, particularly in speech and language.

Speaking during the opening of the new school, the Minister said: "I am very pleased to be able to open this new school building. At a time when investment in the education sector continues to grow, it is particularly rewarding to see how pupils at this special school are benefiting.

"Impressive modern facilities such as these illustrate how we are ensuring that this investment gets straight to the front-line, making a real difference to our children's education and helping them better prepare for the future.

"These new facilities will enable this school to deliver the curriculum and meet the needs of its pupils for many years to come."

The Minister was welcomed to Harberton School by the Principal, Mr Martin McGlade and Mrs Elizabeth Cowan, Chairperson of the Board of Governors.


NOTES TO EDITORS:

Harberton School and Outreach Services caters for approximately 200 children with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) and specific learning difficulties, particularly speech and language.

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