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Learn about the projects we are undertaking to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the UNCRC
‘Rights in their Eyes’ is a touring art exhibition presented by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office with the winners of the 2017 Texaco Children’s Art Competition. As part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations of Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the office invited seven young artists to choose a right and express their response to it by creating a new piece of art.
We wanted to offer them the opportunity to express their views on what it is like to be a child or young adult growing up in Ireland today. The young artists who contributed work are: Lucy Deegan, Meabh Scahill, Amy Zhao, Ava Henson, Noah James Flynn, Eibhlin Murphy and James Wellwood. The exhibition opened in September 2017 at the RHA Gallery, Dublin and you can hear a selection of the artists talking about their work in the highlights video.
The exhibition is touring throughout the 25th Anniversary year to children’s hospital’s including Temple Street Hospital, Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin and the National Children’s Hospital in Tallaght.
Amy Zhao, age 12, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Ava Henson, age 11, Glenageary, Co. Dublin
Eibhlín Murphy, age 6, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
James Wellwood, age 17, Co. Kilkenny
Lucy Deegan, age 17, Co. Laois
Lucy Deegan along with her friends who featured in her piece.
Méabh Scahill, age 14, Swords, Co. Dublin
All of the winners with Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon.
Take part in our exciting ‘Get Animated about Rights’ competition!
To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the OCO has teamed up with Ireland’s top animators to invite children and young people, including those attending primary or secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland, to create an image of the children’s rights that means most to them.
Five winning original artworks will be chosen by our judges from Cartoon Saloon, Kavaleer Productions, Mooshku and PINKKONG studios to be animated and shown on the OCO website. Winners will also receive a special tour of Brown Bag animation studios.
Entries accepted from until 16 June 2018.
Winners will be notified 4 July 2018.
Animations launched 28 September 2018.
- Junior Infants, Senior Infants/5-7 years
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd classes/8-10 years
- 4th, 5th, 6th classes/10-12 years
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd year/13-15 years
- Transition, 5th, 6th year/16-18 years
How to enter:
- Check out our ‘Get Animated About Rights animation, download the competition form and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
- Choose 1 right that inspires you and which you feel is important for Irish children today or which means most to you personally.
- Please fill out the competition form – draw your picture, give your work a title, describe your artwork in no more than 50 words (not forgetting to tell us what right it relates to) make sure that your parent/guardian gives their consent for you take part, and post it to the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, Get Animated About Rights Competition, Millennium House, 52-56 Great Strand Street, Dublin 1.
- We are inviting one entry per person only and unfortunately we will not be able to return the originals (so make sure to take a pic yourselves before posting to us!)
- Get creative! Get cracking and Good Luck!
- Any questions or queries email us at email@example.com or call (01) 8656800. Find out more about us www.oco.ie
Take part in our national ‘Act your Rights Drama’ competition as part of our 25th Anniversary celebration of Ireland’s Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child!
To take part, simply complete the ‘Act your Rights’ sessions, follow the ‘Make an Act Your Rights drama’ activity and create a short drama piece (10 mins max).
Three overall winning dramas will be selected by a panel of judges from the OCO and Abbey for ‘best ensemble’, ‘best script’ and ‘best direction’ and children will get to perform the winning pieces on stage in the Peacock Theatre in September.
To take part, simply email a 3 minute ‘taster’ clip to rightscompetition@
(Please note: final winning performances will be against an existing set and ‘props’ should be kept to a minimum. Focus on costume and easily transportable furniture etc)
This online resource is a joint collaboration between the Ombudsman for Children’s Office and the Abbey Theatre. Act Your Rights aims to help children to become more aware of their rights and explore how rights are reflected in their everyday lives. It offers an innovative and enjoyable way to talk about rights with 4-6thclass students through discussion, drama and art activities.
The resource consists of 5 sessions (2 rights sessions and 3 drama sessions) with downloadable activities/worksheets.
We have provided Guidance for Teachers including general ‘comments and tips from Teachers’ and also ‘Drama tips for Teachers’ if you decide to do the ‘Make an Act Your Rights drama’.
To further enhance the delivery of the resource, the Abbey Theatre can provide contact details for theatre facilitators nationwide who can deliver part/all of the drama-based activities.
If you have any questions regarding Act Your Rights or require further information, please contact the Education and Participation team on (01) 8656800.
The Rights Museum coming soon!
An online learning resource for Junior Cert students created in collaboration with the OCO, the National Museum and Collapsing Horse Theatre.
To mark the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the OCO has developed a range of new resources for educators to engage young people with rights in innovative and creative ways.
The ‘Rights Museum’ resource invites 1st-4th year CSPE, Art, History, Politics & Society to explore the UNCRC and to choose and curate objects which represent rights of their choice to exhibit and share in a pop-up ‘Rights Museum’ in their school or local community.
The project is underpinned by the concept that rights are lived through everyday experiences and not abstract. For educators, the resource offers a unique approach to rights conversations with students, deepening their awareness of the UNCRC and their ‘rights in reality’.
The Rights Museum resource was piloted with Larkin Community College, Dublin from September 2017 to March 2018 culminating in an exhibition at the National Museum, Collins Barracks, running until 29 June 2018, which was attended by the Minister for Education Richard Bruton, Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon and Director of the National Museum Dr Raghnall O’Floinn.
The Ombudsman for Children’s Office (OCO) has teamed up with A Playful City and some of Ireland’s leading artists to produce striking street art based on children’s rights which, during the month of December 2017 was on display at various locations around Dublin.
The OCO and A Playful City came together to highlight children’s rights through street art and specifically to raise awareness of the right to play, the right to express yourself and the right to develop your talents.
Play in all forms is intrinsic to the development of every child in today’s world. No matter their socio-economic and environmental conditions, children must be afforded the opportunity to express themselves and learn through this medium. The realm of play is not just a superficial activity, but has important health and well-being benefits. Therefore, it must be championed at all levels within our society.
In September the Ombudsman for Children’s Office launched a national programme marking the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child. Throughout the year we are re-visiting the promise we made, we are asking Irish society to become more aware of the UNCRC and to make rights real for children and young people today.
The OCO has joined forces with Fresh Film Festival (founded in 1997 as part of Limerick Film Festival as the Irish School’s Video Competition targeting secondary school students). Having grown incrementally the festival now encompasses junior, senior and International Young Filmmaker awards.
The Hothouse programme responds to the needs of advanced young filmmakers offering them an intensive film-making experience to advance their knowledge and skills. The theme for 2018’s Hothouse programme is the UNCRC and sixteen young people have been invited to create new short films which reflect their voices and views on children’s rights. The programme runs from November 2017 through to September 2018 and is supported by RTE and Fresh Film Festival.
We will provide regular updates on the progress of our young film-makers as they create their pieces.
The OCO and Fighting Words invited 25 young writers from around Ireland to respond to the UNCRC and their work was published in a special 25th Anniversary supplement on Universal Children’s Day 20.11.2017.
In the introduction, Shane Hegarty described how each writer spins off from their particular article and highlights the variety of backgrounds and experiences they bring to a ‘refreshing and varied collection of short stories, poems and scripts’. There is ‘comedy and sadness, fear and optimism and twists and turns but always freedom of spirit and self-expression’.
The OCO was delighted to collaborate with Fighting Words which is an organisation committed to providing free tutoring in creative writing and arts to children and young adults. We hope the works inspire writing and many rights conversations among young people. You can read the stories here.