From Rights Holders to Rights Defenders
To mark the 30th anniversary of the UNCRC, NICCY welcomed over 1,500 children and young people (supported by over 400 parents/ guardians/ carers/ teachers & youth workers) to take part in a journey from being rights holders to children’s rights defenders in an interactive experience at W5.
On arrival, groups received an info pack containing rights challenge maps for each participant in their group.
On each floor, there were a number of activities where participants could learn more about their Rights as contained in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). We asked that everyone completed at least one activity on each floor and they were awarded a challenge sticker by one of our event team.
Each level had different challenges for participants to complete, including workshops on:
- Right to health, facilitated by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
- Children and Young People’s thoughts on mental health with the Elephant in the Room Project
- Exploration of the Children’s Rights poster exhibition by children and young people across Northern Ireland.
- Children’s rights dramas were delivered by members of the NICCY Youth Panel.
- A Speaker’s Corner was open for any participant to share their views on a children’s rights issue.
- An Education Zone was hosted by staff from NICCY and the Northern Ireland Assembly Education Service.
- In the NICCY Zone, children and young people were asked to complete the NICCY Challenge to tell the Commissioner what she should be doing to promote and protect children’s rights over the next 3 years.
- Children and young people used pledge cards to tell us how they plan to take action to promote and protect children’s rights and become child rights defenders.
- A range of other opportunities to learn about rights and share opinions on specific children’s rights issues were available throughout the different levels.