It's Your Right: Navan Educate Together National School

Apr 30, 2014, 09:08 AM

In Educate Together schools all around the country, learning about the rights of the child is part of the curriculum, and students there begin to learn about their rights from age 5. Louise Denvir paid a visit to one such school, Navan Educate Together, to talk to some of the students and teachers about children's rights.

Photo: Wendy and Abiidat talking to Louise Denvir about children's rights. Photo by Barry MacNeill

Below is the text transcript of Louise's visit to Navan Educate Together

(Sounds of children playing and talking in the yard. A school bell rings.)

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background. )

Wonu; Every child has the right to a home and a place to be loved and to be cared for.

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background. )

Sorcha; They need to have their rights met, they need to have a proper lifestyle, they need somebody to care for them.

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background.)

Wendy; We all have the right to belong to a country.

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background.)

Christian; I think that the right to express yourself is important because you need to show who you are.

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background.)

Abiidat; We all have the right to rest from work and relax.

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background.)

Anastasia; The right to friendship is to play with people, share, not be mean, and to not hurt people’s feelings

(Sounds of Children playing.)

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background.)

Louise Denvir; It’s a special day in Navan Educate Together National School as later on senior infants and first class will get ready for a performance they’ve been working on for a few weeks now. But, to prepare for something like this, it takes a lot of hard work and commitment.

(Sounds of Children playing.)

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background.)

Eva Boyle; We’re an Educate Together School and learning about Human Rights and the rights of children is an integral part of our Learn Together Programme here.

(Sounds of Children Playing in background.)

Eva Boyle; I’m Eva Boyle and I’m the principal at Navan Educate Together National School.

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background.)

Wendy; Well we’re playing outside here and I’m Wendy,

Abiidat; I’m Abiidat and we play together and

Wendy; Yeah, it’s kind of fun really.

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background.)

Eva Boyle; (laughs) They would be very particular about the right to play! (laughs) Especially on rainy days, you’ll learn all about the right to play.

(Sounds of children playing outside.)

George; My name is George, I’m in first class. I’m 7 years old. There’s one more right that is important to me and it’s ‘friendship’ and my favourite friend in this school is Wendy.

Wendy; He’s a good person.

George; She’s a good friend.

Louise Denvir; And if somebody took away the right for you to be friends, how would you feel?

George; I would feel very very sad.

Wendy; Yeah, if someone said to me, don’t be friends with George, I wouldn’t listen to them.

(Sounds of children playing continue in the background.)

Louise Denvir; And what do you think children need?

Wonu; Children need a home, children need to have a voice and to express themselves, children need to see their friends. Children need to go to school and children needs to go to doctors when they’re sick.

Timi; Education, because education gets you a good way in life. My name’s Timi and I’m 12. Education is not only something that you need to know, it’s something that you have to know because education gets you to where Obama is nowadays and Bill Gates, all these famous people.

Louise Denvir; And with your education, where do y...