The Ombudsman for Children’s Office is launching a year-long programme of activity to mark the 25th anniversary of Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The launch event took place in Croke Park last Thursday and was attended by 200 young people and 50 policy makers, children’s advocates,and researchers, who ‘kick-started’ a national conversation about ‘Children Now. Rights Now.’
Representatives of Foroige Phibblestown Youth Participation Group, Aaron, Nicole, Rizwan and Eileen attended the Launch. The young people will use some of the activities from the Ombudsman event in their facilitation of JIGSAW Five a day Good Mental Health Challenge workshop tomorrow and will present on this in the Draoicht next Tuesday as part of the Jigsaw event.
Two young people from Foróige spoke at the event. Diarmuid Geever from Ballaghaderreen discussed his project which welcomed refugees and won the Youth Citizenship awards this year & Roisin McArdle from Louth spoke about her mental health campaign also entered into the Youth Citizenship Programme (pictured below).