The Ark Children’s Council 2016/17 are made up of young people from Dublin City. They have been together since February 2016 and will finish their time on the council in May 2017.
To find our very first council members, we reached out to various school projects looking for any young people who might be interested in being part of the project. In this first year, the offer was one of inclusion firstly (our young people have access to the entire 2016/17 programme for free) but also an opportunity for us to really begin a meaningful conversation with a group of young people about our work and their responses to it.
Our group are united by the fact that they’re all in 5th class but they range in age from 10-12. They are interested in art, theatre, dance and music- with some having had some access to these interests before while others unfortunately have not.
- Rowan Moore, Ella Gannon & Eve May Woods, City Quay NS
- Saoirse Cannon, St Bridget's NS, Haddington Road.
- Naoise Byrne, Abbie Cassidy & Shauna Thompson, St Patrick's Girls NS, Ringsend.
- Grace Hickey & Kelly Ogan, Rutland NS.
- Ollie West, St Mary's NS, Haddington Road.
- Lee Geoghegan, Kian McCluskey, St Patrick's Boys NS, Ringsend.
- Adam Falegan, St Laurence O'Toole's Boys CBS
Highlights from the council of 2016/17 include; performing in the Children’s Soapbox accompanied by Cór na nÓg, a trip to the O’Reilly to see Chotto Desh with a post-show, impromptu mini dance workshop with Akram Kahn’s dancers, creating their own documentary film called ‘It’s a Right’ with Macalla Productions about children’s rights, meeting the Minister for Education Richard Bruton presenting this film to him and a crowd of educators, artists and children’s rights advocates, and a month as the Children’s Jury with the Dublin Film Festival.
Check out our blog posts for updates on The Council's activities throughout the year.
The Ark Children's Council activity is supported by: