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Award-winning animation studios join forces with Ombudsman for Children’s Office to help raise awareness around young people’s rights

The Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon today launched a unique rights awareness competition with the support of the Irish animation industry. This once-off competition is part of the 25th Anniversary of Ireland’s Ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Joining forces with the hottest talent in Irish animation, this collaboration offers children and young people a creative and innovative way to engage with their rights. Under the UN Convention, a child has 42 individual rights. All the young person has to do is draw an image that reflects a right that means the most to them. A panel of judges will choose five winning drawings and turn them into animations. The judges include: Cartoon Saloon, Kavaleer Productions and Mooshku studios. The winners will also get an exclusive tour of award-winning Brown Bag Studios.

Nora Twomey, Judge, and Director of the 2018 Oscar-nominee for ‘The Breadwinner’, said: “Children are the ultimate expression of hope in this world. Their entitlements, as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, must continue to be upheld. I welcome the opportunity to partake in the dialogue between children and the animation community in Ireland. Drawing is a beautiful form of communication, and I look forward to seeing all the entries from across Ireland.”

Dr Niall Muldoon, Ombudsman for Children, said: “Our 25th Anniversary programme is about kick-starting a national conversation across Irish society about children’s rights. As world-leaders who communicate with children and young people across the globe, it’s great to see the industry coming together acknowledging children’s rights and nurturing creativity here in Ireland. We are delighted to collaborate with the animation industry on ‘Get Animated about Rights.”

To find out more about this innovative competition simply log on to www.oco.ie and send your drawing to Animate Your Rights, Ombudsman for Children’s Office, Millennium House, 52-56 Great Strand Street, Dublin 1, D01 F5P8, Ireland

The Ombudsman for Children and animation industry are calling on all schools, community youth groups, organisation and individuals to get creative and get involved. Closing date for the competition is 16th June 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo notes to Editor: 5th class students from Guardian Angels National School, Newtown Park Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin presenting their competition entries to Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon and Meabh Tammamagi, judge from animation studio Mooshku.

Media Contact: Steven O’ Riordan Communications Unit, Ombudsman for Children’s Office
Tel: 087 607 2819 / 01 – 8656 – 807