NICCY is encouraging as many organisations – statutory, voluntary, community and private – to ‘Mark the Day’ and celebrate along with us the UNCRC and child rights, on or around that date.
There are many ways to Mark the Day – see below for examples for how some groups are doing it. A big thanks and we look forward to adding more!
Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
- Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon BC are asking children across the Borough to tell them about what they think about play in their area via short video clips. They will launch these clips on their Social Media Platforms on 20th November 2019.
Belfast Royal Academy
- BRA will hold a non-uniform day where pupils will be encouraged to wear blue (official UNICEF colour) and make a donation to UNICEF. One lucky pupil will be able to take on the role Principal for the day. The Principal will take the pupil's place in class.
Clare Primary School, Tandragee
- Clare PS will be attending the celebration event at W5 and publicising it on their school website and social media.
Clifton Special School, Bangor
- As a Rights Respecting School, Clifton Special School are really looking forward to the day. They have planned a mixed-age play day for the Primary Department. This will be a collaborative event with all pupils age 3 to 11 engaging in play activities and learning together. They support the UNCRC, especially Article 31 - Every child has the Right to Play and Article 29 - Every child has the right to an education. On the 20th November, they will wear the colour blue to mark the occasion.
College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Antrim
- CAFRE has planned student engagement activities in November 2019, across all three CAFRE Campuses at Enniskillen, Greenmount and Loughry to mark the UNCRC 30th anniversary. These activities have been planned in conjunction with the annual Student Health Fairs and are open to all CAFRE students, including children and young people from 16 years of age.
Department for Infrastructure
- The Department for Infrastructure's Safe and Accessible Travel Division intend to release two social media posts on the Green Cross Code and the seatbelt wearing law on the day, with acknowledgement to the UNCRC 30th.
Derry City & Strabane District Council, EA Youth Service & Co-operation Ireland
- The newly established Ministry of Youth Participative Structure for Derry City & Strabane District Council, in partnership with EA and Co-operation Ireland will meet at Pennyburn Youth Club with all participants wearing blue. Participants will receive a copy of the UNCRC Articles and participate in a Child Rights exercise. Young people will also mark the day using their social media platforms by posting at the same time and contributing to a press release.
Euston Street Primary School, Belfast
- Each pupil will wear something blue; child rights lessons will be completed and a whole school assembly will be held about children’s rights. Euston Street PS will be sharing their experiences on their website and Facebook.
The Executive Office
- The Executuve Office will take the opportunity to raise awareness of UNCRC at a Community Education celebration event on the 21st November and at the opening of Castlewellan Community centre that will operate a youth club, early year’s provision and various other youth offerings on the 22 November. TEO will acknowledge the 30th Anniversary of the UNCRC using social media and the Urban Villages E-zine to highlight their UV programmes that support children and young people across UV areas. They also aim to post links to young peoples’ Ted Talks, supporting children and young people to express their views on important matters.
Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
- Fermanagh & Omagh DC will light up Enniskillen Castle and the Strule Arts Centrein Unicef blue. They will promote in the local papers and on social media.
Holy Evangelists’ Primary School, Belfast
- As Holy Evangelists’ PS work towards their Gold Rights Respecting Schools Award, they will have an assembly with the School Council to remind and inform pupils, staff and local community members about children’s rights. They will also be running a competition where children can design a new logo/motif to represent children’s rights so that they will be easily identified throughout the school. Children and staff can wear something blue to mark the occasion. Throughout the day, rights will be talked about in all classes through circle time and other activities.
- Each Include Youth office / project and partner project are running taster sessions on the UNCRC with young people on the day, highlighting the difference that the UNCRC has made to date and looking at current challenges for children and young people locally and globally. They will also be wearing blue and sharing messages on social media using #ForEveryChild.
- As well as supporting the day through social media, Libraries NI will are embracing Universal Children’s day through:
- Having Children’s book displays on Human Rights in Bangor Carnegie, Belfast Central, Derry Central, Lisburn City, Ballymena Central, Carrickfergus, Coleraine, Dungannon, Enniskillen, Finaghy, Glengormley, Lurgan, Newry City and Omagh libraries;
- Providing activity sheets for children available for branch libraries;
- Arranging storytelling with Liz Weir:
- in Armagh City library (P5 children from a local school - 1:30pm to 2:30pm);
- in Keady library (open to the public for children aged 4 to 12yrs - 3:30pm to 4:30pm);
- Holding a Play Party in Suffolk library (3:00pm - 5:00pm);
- Book display in the Information Library (1st floor, Belfast Central Library) to mark the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (10th Dec); and
- Human Rights eBook curated list on the Libraries NI eBook site.
Mid Ulster District Council
- Mid Ulster DC will mark the day by illuminating its designated properties on the evening of 20th November to mark the 30th Anniversary of UNCRC. The designated properties are Ranfurly Arts & Visitors Centre, Dungannon; Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre and Bridewell, Magherafelt.
Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
- Mid and East Antrim BC will be offering ‘Kids Free Swimming’ at all 3 of their Leisure Centres and ‘Come and Try It’ 30 minute sports classes on Wednesday 20th November 2019. For more information please contact:
- Seven Towers Leisure Centre, Ballymena – 028 2563 3382;
- Carrickfergus Amphitheatre – 028 9335 8342; and
- Larne Leisure Centre – 028 2826 2497.
Mount St. Catherine’s Primary School, Armagh
- At the whole school assembly, the school community will celebrate children’s rights with music, dance and drama.
Phoenix Integrated Primary School, Cookstown
Each class in Phoenix IPS will mark the day by completing activities in their classrooms. These activities will be shared on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
- PlayBoard NI's Annual Conference is taking place on 20 November 2019 to mark Universal Children's Day. The conference, Play Matters because Play Builds Children, taking place at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast will focus on play as a key building block of childhood. For more info and to book go to playboard.org/playboard-conference-2019/
St. Brigid’s Primary School, Mayogall
- Brigid’s PS will host a whole school assembly; have a poster competition as well as promoting the 30th Anniversary through social media, the school newsletter and the local press.
St. Columbanus College, Bangor
- St. Columbanus College will be marking the day with an event linked to their Shared Education Project. St. Columbanus College, along with the two other schools they are joined with, will be having a Joint Student Council Meeting at the College. This will emphasise the importance of the right for a child to have the freedom of thought and expression, and to have their voice heard. The three student councils will come together, meet new people, share their opinions and agree on a joint initiative for the year ahead.
St. Columb’s College, Derry
- Columb’s College will be marking the 30th Anniversary of the UNCRC by:
- Hanging a banner at the front of the school.
- Putting up a Child Rights display in the school foyer
- Lighting up the foyer lit up blue.
- Having an Odd Sock Day
- Attending NICCY’s UNCRC Celebration Event
- Carrying out child rights workshops in class
St. Mary's Primary School, Rathfriland
- St. Mary’s PS will give children across all Key Stages the opportunity to find out more about the UNCRC and to discuss their rights. On the 20th November and in the run up to it, they will post on Twitter the activities the children have been involved in.
St. Mary’s High School, Downpatrick
- St. Mary’s plan to raise the profile of the UNCRC through creating posters for each classroom.
Woodlands Juvenile Justice Centre
- Woodlands JJC will be hosting a series of discussion forums with groups of young people looking at children’s rights and how Woodland can best support them. Team Leaders at Woodlands will also be organising interactive activities that focus on children’s rights.
Youth Justice Agency
- YJA will be tweeting about the rights-based training that their Youth Justice Services staff received from Children’s Law Centre and UNICEF. They will be sharing key messages on 20th November about how their models of practice reflect the best interests of their young people.