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Child Talks; a series of inspiring stories from young people celebrating World Children’s Day

 

Follow online at #ChildTalks2018 and #WorldChildrensDay

To celebrate Work Children’s Day 2018, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, in partnership with 15 organisations who work with young people, is hosting Child Talks; a series of inspiring speeches by young people about their lives.

Child Talks will be broadcast live on Facebook and on RTÉ News NOW ensuring that young people in all parts of the country, and those with additional needs, have access to this special event.

Speaking ahead of the Child Talks event at Dublin City Hall, the Ombudsman for Children, Dr Niall Muldoon said

“Today, on World Children’s Day, we are celebrating children by hearing their voices and promoting their rights.

“Having worked with these young people for a number of weeks in preparation for today, I know that we are in for some really inspiring and thought provoking stories. As always, I am astounded by the abilities of young people and their inherent sense of fairness.

“The topics being explored by young people today include equality, the travelling community, sexuality, disability, access to information, privacy, education and developing talent.

“I am delighted that Child Talks will be broadcast live for children and young people all across the country so that those who cannot be with us, or those with additional needs, can also enjoy the event. We have been contacted by many schools who will be tuning in live.

“Children should be at the forefront of our minds as decision makers, and as a society, every day of the year. However, on World Children’s day we have a special opportunity to promote children’s rights and to celebrate the uniqueness of young people.

“The young people today are talking about their lives and issues that affect them. These experiences will have a major impact on the people they will become and the lives they lead. It is vital that we take every chance to listen to young people and to take their opinions on board.”

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Note to Editors

  • Follow the event online at #ChildTalks2018 and #WorldChildrensDay
  • You can watch the event live at https://www.facebook.com/events/574677999634452/
  • The event will be presented by Tara Flynn
  • Child Talks is supported by the Ombudsman for Children’s Office, the Children’s Rights Alliance, Unicef, Tusla, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Barnardos, the National Youth Council of Ireland, Focus Ireland, St Patrick Mental Health Service, the Care Leavers Network, Social Justice Ireland, the INTO, Katharine Howard Foundation, EPIC, Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland, YAP Ireland, Young Irish Film Makers, Spunout and the Ark.
  • Find out about other events taking place across the country to celebrate World Children’s Day on childrensday.ie