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Education Minister Peter Weir has today launched CCEA’s Shared History Curriculum Resources, which focus on events leading to and after the establishment of Northern Ireland and partition in 1921.

The launch took place at Belfast City Hall, which was the location of the first Northern Ireland parliament, on the one hundredth anniversary of the first general election on 24th May 1921.

The suite of web-based resources, Northern Ireland @ 100, have been designed to enhance teaching and learning opportunities for all pupils and support the history curriculum.

Speaking at Belfast City Hall, Peter Weir said: “I am pleased to launch CCEA’s excellent suite of Shared History Curriculum Resources today. CCEA has developed a range of teaching resources which I hope will be of great use to both teachers and pupils.

“It is a privilege to mark Northern Ireland’s centenary, and these resources will have a significant positive impact in promoting good relations, inclusiveness and reconciliation across Northern Ireland.”

Margaret Farragher, Interim Chief Executive of CCEA, added: “Northern Ireland @ 100 is likely to attract wide public, educational and cultural interest; balanced and broad by design, the site provides an excellent repository of information for schools across Northern Ireland and is designed to serve shared education and build deeper mutual understanding of our shared history.

“The primary element of this resource celebrates some of Northern Ireland’s major contributions to the global stage since 1921, and the post-primary element encourages learners to consider and contrast the politics of the 1920s with the current political trends and structures one hundred years on.”