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Schools Online Workshops: Be Seen & Heard! 7 Feb - 17 Mar 2023

Join us for a unique online visual art workshop that will enable your class to boldly express themselves, creating vibrant imagery that will ensure their views are both seen and heard!

In this workshop, students will learn about and discuss their rights as children. They will share issues they feel most strongly about and find ways to creatively express themselves through imagery, slogans and font, enabling them to design their own posters, flags and placards about the things that are important to them!

To get the most from the workshop, we encourage teachers to share the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with their class in advance of the workshop. The Office of the Ombudsman for Children has a range of materials available on their website here which can be useful to help you explore children's rights with your class.

Requirements for Participation

For safety reasons, a teacher must be present in the room throughout the workshop and be available to assist the children as needed.

  • A computer/laptop with internet access
  • A digital whiteboard (or alternatively a white wall or screen and projector).
  • Speakers
  • To ensure a smooth and successful workshop, The Ark staff will also need to arrange an advance preparation phone call with the class teacher.

Online platform: The workshop will be delivered using the Zoom video call software. This will be a private Zoom session which will only be accessed by the teacher whose class is booked into the workshop, the artists and The Ark's staff. The session will be recorded for the safety and security of all participants, however this recording will not be shared publicly and will be deleted within 30 days.

Free Rally Activity Pack

Make use of our free Right Here Right Now! Rally Activity Pack to really extend your students' engagement. The activities in the pack will help them to think about their rights, and how they can express what's most important to them through banners and flags, chants and songs. Simply complete our request form here and a pack will be sent to you in early February.

Rally Rally Rally! Rights Rights Rights!

Once your class has chosen the issues most important to them, made their banners and composed their chants, there are a number of ways you can make sure their voices are heard.

Consider joining us in Meeting House Square on Friday 24 February for the Right Here Right Now Rally, when hundreds of children will congregate to make speeches, sing songs and rally for their rights. Full details are available here.

If you can't make it to Dublin, why not host your own local rally at home, in school or in your area to make sure that children get to tell everyone about what's important to them?

See more details on how to host your own Rally here!