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young people

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Petition to Colin McGrath MLA, Sinead Bradley MLA, Chris Hazzard MLA, Harold McKee MLA, Caitríona Ruane MLA, Jim Wells MLA, Margaret Ritchie MP, Peter Weir

Save Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre from closure

Another adjournment debate on the closure of the Centres is planned for Tuesday 6th December at Stormont @ 5:00pm.Public presence last week played an important part in influencing support.If you are available, please make every effort to attend, it's making a difference.Many thanks for your continued support! Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre is synonymous with the term Outdoor Education in Northern Ireland. Since first opening its doors in 1967 the centre has been instrumental is shaping Outdoor Education in Northern Ireland as we know it today. As the first fully catered and professionally staffed residential centre within education it was a bold initiative which became the model for others to follow in subsequent years. The old stately home has been refurbished, extended, modernised and maintained to meet the changing needs of children, young people and staff. Using activities such as canoeing, hill walking, rock climbing, bouldering etc. participants are set realistic and achievable challenges in an enjoyable and friendly atmosphere. This unique combination of enjoyment, learning and challenge helps develop individuals' understanding and awareness of him/her self, others, improves self confidence, self image and self esteem, and encourages a healthy and caring attitude to life and the environment in which we live.Due to its continued success over the years Ardnabannon is now the largest residential centre within the Education Authority of Northern Ireland and can accommodate up to 100 people.Unfortunately the recently established Education Authority is proposing to close this unique facility. To do so, would deprive thousands of young people now and future generations to come, of this well proven learning experience (as confirmed by Dept. of Education’s Inspectorate) that Ardnabannon offers in the magnificent outdoor classroom of the Mourne Mountains. Please don’t allow this to happen, join our petition and add your support to put a halt to this ill conceived proposal!

Lisa Wells
7,936 supporters