Educate Together was formally launched on 12th May 1990 at the Aula Maxima, University College Galway, Ireland. The statements below and charter were amended on April 17th 1999 at the first Annual General Meeting of Educate Together, Bray Co. Wicklow.
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 Charter - here