7 Dec 2010

MORE than 2000 children and young people from across Northern Ireland today (Tuesday) told Government to listen, value and act to 'Make it Right'.

Today's (Tuesday's) event at the Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, is the culmination of a 12 month campaign, from the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People, Patricia Lewsley, celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Each month the campaign covered a different issue including children experiencing poverty, play and leisure, community safety and family support.

"Throughout this year children and young people have been urging Government to listen to what they say, to value what they say and to act on what they say," said the Commissioner.

"This year my 'Make it Right' Campaign has shown that children and young people can campaign on their own behalf on each of the issues that affect them.

"I am humbled by what they said, and I am honoured to pass on their messages, their pleas and their ideas to our Government."

Each of the Government departments today (Tuesday) received children and young people’s messages at Parliament Buildings.

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