Ministers visit Dalkeith schools campus

Education Secretary Michael Russell and Minister for Community Safety Rosanna Cunningham, were this week planning a visit to Dalkeith Schools Community Campus.

Expecting to arrive in Midlothian on Wednesday, the politicians were looking forward to undertaking the first in a series of visits to schools across Scotland to see the positive work they are doing to tackle sectarianism.

Speaking ahead of the visit, Mr Russell said: “Learning and teaching allows young people to challenge unacceptable attitudes and behaviour and will make significant strides in preventing these being passed to a new generation of young people.

“I look forward to visiting the Dalkeith school campus, which has been identified for its work in this area, to learn more from the pupils and teachers we will meet.”

Ms Cunningham added: “If we are to eradicate sectarianism from Scotland once and for all we need to start with education. We need to constantly look at ways of getting the message across to the next generation of young Scots that religious intolerance is totally unacceptable in a modern Scotland.

“There are some fantastic projects going on in schools right across the country, and I am keen to see that work at first hand.”