On 10th July, 14 young people from Co. Mayo travelled to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to present their findings as youth researchers. The group investigated young people's knowledge of support services and what young people want the adults who work with them to know. This work has been a partnership between Foroige, Tusla and was supervised by the UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement at NUI Galway.
On the day, the young people presented to a packed room which included Nada Al-Nashif - Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences, Professor Pat Dolan - UNESCO Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement at NUI Galway, Elaine Ayotte - The ambassador for the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, Dermot Nolan - The ambassador for the permanent delegation of Ireland, and Dr Liam Whyte - Manager for Prevention Partnership and Family Support with the Child and Family Agency Tusla.
The group reflected on the results of their research and how young people want adults to listen to them and respect them. The attendees asked the group for advice about how to improve youth participation across the world and how to factor in cultural differences.
The event was a huge success and they look forward to continuing their work with the connections made in Paris.