NPC Education Conference 2018 - Seen & Heard 'The Child's Voice, Making a Difference'

Written on 22/05/2018
Michelle Davern

Saturday 16 June 2018 - National College of Ireland - 10.30am-4pm

Our Keynote Speaker was Tako Rietveld from the Netherlands with his presentation 'Making the voice of young people heard'. 

Tako Rietveld is the world’s first and only 'Youth Correspondent'. 
Children look at the world from a different perspective than adults. They have their own unique thoughts, views and opinions. With Tako’s help, we can learn from the children and act on it. He will take us on his journey into the world of young people. With powerful examples he will show young people are more than just happy creatures that like to play. 'Children inspire, surprise, make you think and make you smile. Adults teach children all about life. Children teach adults what life is all about. 

As a former reporter for the Dutch NOS 'Jeugdjournaal' Tako has travelled all over the world reporting for children about the various situations in the world. Tako set-up the ‘De Kindercorrespondent’ platform so that the stories and the opinions of children can be heard. According to Tako children are too rarely heard in the news. He won’t stop until the voice of every child is being heard.

Other speakers included:

  • The Minister for Education and Skills, Mr. Richard Bruton T.D.
  • Paul Gilligan CEO of St. Patrick's Mental Health Services
  • Dr. Carmel Corrigan, Head of Participation and Rights Education in the Ombudsman for Children’s Office. 

Also on the day:
Children from a Partnership Schools Ireland (PSI) school shared some of their own experiences and goals achieved in the past year. Through video and voice they shared how such partnerships have given them a real voice in choosing and achieving their school goals and how they feel about their own participation in such partnerships.

Partnership Schools Ireland (PSI) is a joint initiative by the National Parents Council (NPC) and the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) supported by the Department of Education and Skills. It offers training and support to utilise an evidence-based model based on the six volunteering types of involvement. The partnership approach seeks to encourage children, school staff, parents and members of the local community to work in partnership together, for the benefit of the children in school, to achieve academic and other goals in a yearly action plan in their schools. 

The Fred O'Connell NPC Innovation Award was awarded on the day; for information on the winners and other entrants please click here