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Charter, Vision Statement, Mission Statement and Our Values and Commitments
Educate Together Charter

Recalling Article 26.3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” and Article 42.4 of the Bunreacht na hÉireann (Constitution of Ireland):
“The state shall provide for free primary education and shall endeavour to supplement and give reasonable aid to private and corporate educational initiative, and, when the public good requires it, provide other educational facilities or institutions with due regard, however, for the rights of parents, especially in the matter of religious and moral formation”, and recognising:

1.1 That many parents have a valid preference for schools in which boys and girls of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds can be educated
together in an atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect,
1.2 That the multi-denominational schools established under the banner
of Educate Together are a distinctive response to the growing demand for
such an option within the Irish educational system,
Educate Together affirms that:
2.1 Children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds have a right
to an education that respects their individual identity whilst exploring the
different values and traditions of the world in which they live,
2.2 Parents are entitled to participate actively in decisions that affect the
education of their children. In particular, they have the right to decide
what kind of school reflects their conscience and lawful preference,
2.3 Multi-denominational schools have the right to be treated no less
favourably than other schools within the Irish educational system, in
accordance with their needs and their identity,
2.4 The state has a duty to take the identity of the multi-denominational
sector fully into account when deciding on policy that affects the
establishment and development of schools,
and Commits itself to:
3.1 Support the establishment of schools which are,
Multi-denominational i.e. all children having equal rights of access to
the school, and children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds
being equally respected,
Co-educational and committed to encouraging all children to explore
their full range of abilities and opportunities,
Child centred in their approach to education,
Democratically run with active participation by parents in the daily life
of the school, whilst positively affirming the professional role of the teachers, in any area where the demand for such a school exists,
3.2 Promote fuller awareness and recognition of the identity of the multidenominational sector at all levels in Irish society and abroad,
3.3 Participate in appropriate structures and activities concerned with the
future development of education in Ireland and abroad,
3.4 Promote a future where multi-denominational education will be as freely available to parents as any other educational option they may

Formally launched on 12th May 1990 at the Aula Maxima, University College
Galway, Ireland.
Amended on April 17th 1999 at the first Annual General Meeting of Educate
Together, Bray Co. Wicklow.
© Educate Together, 2004