Kathleen McNamee, a 15-year-old transition year student gives her opinion on the children’s referendum as per today's article in the Irish Times. She wrote this article during her time as a youth researcher at the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway.
On Friday, 20th July, the publication by Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. of the report of the Task Force on the Child and Family Support Agency marked a much under-reported watershed moment for children in Ireland.
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Ireland’s two UNESCO Chair holders came together today to launch a joint Commentary on the proposed referendum on the rights of the child in Ireland. The 16-page document, ‘Children’s Rights and the Family’, forms a major part of the work of the Children and Youth Programme, an independent academic collaboration between Professor Alan Smith at the University of Ulster and Professor Pat Dolan from NUI Galway.
The conferring of the Foundation Certificate Programme in Youth Leadership and Community Action took place in NUI Galway on October 22nd 2011. In the academic year 2010/2011, 125 students from across Ireland, between 16 and 18 years of age, successfully completed the programme and 114 young people attended the conferring ceremony.
Ireland’s two UNESCO Chair holders came together on October 24th to launch an innovative and exciting programme dedicated to improving the rights and well being of children and young people across Ireland.
“Young voices from around the world will tell us our future, but the world must listen”, according to Professor Pat Dolan, Director of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre and Chair in Children, Youth and Civic Engagement at NUI, Galway. Professor Dolan and colleagues attended the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum held in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 17 to 20 October 2011.
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. named the 10-person Task Force on Friday, 23rd September to advise the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on the necessary transition programme in establishing a dedicated Child & Family Support Agency. Among the main responsibilities of the Agency are to advise the Government on the appropriate service responsibilities of such an agency and their delivery.