Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Educational Sectarian Divide

The sectarian divide in Northern Ireland has resulted in a large proportion of people living in areas where the population are either predominantly Protestant or predominantly Roman Catholic. To overcome this religious 'apartheid' and to ensure that the children of both religions are not segregated Northern Ireland needs inclusive schools, schools where pupils are able to mix and learn alongside children of other religions.

Unfortunately Northern Ireland's schools are as segregated as the rest of Northern Ireland society. According to The Detail "almost half of Northern Ireland’s schoolchildren are being taught in schools where 95% or more of the pupils are of the same religion".

The Detail has used data from the Department of Education to map the religious segregation in Northern Ireland's schools. The Detail's Segregated Schools map reveals the percentage of Roman Catholic and Protestant pupils in each of Northern Ireland's schools.

The map uses pie chart map markers to reveal the percentages of the religious intake of the country's schools. If you want to add proportional pie chart markers to your own map then you can use the Google Visualization API to create your pie charts. Once you have created your pie charts you can then add them as markers to your Google Map.

E-techpulse's How to Create Pie Charts on Google Maps, includes all the code that you will need to add Google Visualization pie charts as markers to a Google Map.

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