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Student Councils

Effective student councils in second-level schools, is also cited in Towards 2016, as a key innovative Government measure. The OMCYA is collaborating with the Department of Education and Science in overseeing the running of the student council support service, set up in September 2007.  This support service was the main recommendation of the final report of the Student Council Working Group (2003-2005), which was established, chaired and managed by the OMCYA. Eleven second-level students, aged between 13 and 17 years, were members of this Government Working Group, which in 2003 marked a milestone in public policy-making.

In the course of its work, the Student Council Working Group has achieved the following:

 

 

Civic Social and Political Education (CSPE) teaching/learning resource entitled Giving Young People a Voice; Student Councils in Schools

The OMCYA collaborated with the Curriculum Development Unit in funding the development of a Civic Social and Political Education (CSPE) teaching/learning resource entitled Giving Young People a Voice; Student Councils in Schools (2007). The resource is the basis for the work of the student council support service and is gradually being introduced into schools by the coordinator of that service. It promotes the rights of children and young people to a voice in matters that affect their lives under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the National Children’s Strategy. It also incorporates information about Dáil na nÓg and Comhairle na Óg and their potential links with student councils. The establishment or improvement of student councils is the main focus of the resource.

Link to Studentcouncil.ie website.

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