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OCO launches free online education resource for schools on Children’s Rights

Ombudsman for Children’s Office moves education workshops online in light of Covid restrictions

Every year, the Ombudsman for Children’s Office welcomes approximately 1,400 primary and post-primary students to children’s rights workshops in it’s specially designed education and participation spaces in the office.

This year, staying safe from Covid 19 has made this impossible to do. This is very disappointing for us as we really enjoy seeing children in the office and knowing that, when they leave, they have learned something more about their rights.

In light of the Covid restrictions, we have instead developed a number of free online resources that can be used in schools by teachers and students to help them learn about their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the work of the OCO in protecting and promoting those rights.

These include a video presentation and accompanying teacher or self-learning notes:

  • Post-primary: screencast presentation to be used either in the classroom or at home
    • Self-learning notes for Politics and Society to accompany screencast
    • Teacher notes for Senior and Junior Cycle CSPE and SPHE with activities to facilitate group learning
  • Primary: video workshop with accompanying teachers notes and activities

We hope that these resources will help to ensure that children and young people don’t miss out on learning about their rights during this time. The Ombudsman for Children’s Office looks forward to welcoming schools back into the office as soon as it is possible and safe, but in the meantime we hope you enjoy and benefit from these online resources.

Download Senior Cycle screencast here
Download Teacher CSPE/SPHE notes for Senior Cycle 
Download Self-learning notes for Politics and Society

Download Junior Cycle Prezi here
Download Teacher CSPE/SPHE notes for Junior Cycle here

Download Primary school presentation here 

Download Teacher notes for Primary level here

Download Resource sheet for Activity 3 here