Student movement and Northern Ireland Youth Forum commit to joint campaigning for the future based on shared values.
Today at the annual sitting of the Northern Ireland Youth Congress at Parliament Buildings, Stormont, NUS-USI and NIYF signed a historic new partnership agreement based on collaborative campaigning activity.
NUS-USI President Fergal McFerran, commenting on the agreement said, “Today I’m proud to begin a new chapter of the relationship between our two movements. This partnership is recognition of the fact that the reasons we demand a fairer and more equal world, and champion an accessible and student-centred education system is not just for the benefit of our current students, but more importantly for those coming after us too.”
The partnership agreement recognises the significant crossover of membership between the two organisations and our shared belief in the public value of education, the importance of creating a more cohesive community and the need for demo
cratic participation from young people and students in Northern Ireland, on campuses and in wider community.
Matthew Carson, Chairperson of the NIYF said, “I’m delighted to sign this historic partnership agreement between our two organisations. Throughout the long history of NIYF and NUS-USI, we have stood shoulder to shoulder on many issues. This agreement puts our mutual partnership and solidarity on a formal footing and will be instrumental in ensuring that young people’s voices are heard now and into the future. ”
Making further comment regarding George Osborne’s Autumn statement in Westminster today, Fergal McFerran said: “Today’s Comprehensive Spending Review perfectly highlights how important this partnership is, because we have such a challenge on our hands to protect and increase investment in education. We need politicians here to show vision and leadership for Northern Ireland, and they must not be derailed by today’s Comprehensive Spending Review. Northern Ireland badly needs a strategic programme of additional investment in colleges, universities and students. The stability that the new political deal will hopefully provide must be capitalised on by politicians, and they must invest in our greatest resource, our young people and students.”
You can see the full partnership agreement on the NUS-USI website here.