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Human Rights Commission Engages with Fermanagh Schools

30 Oct 2023

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has provided human rights workshops to schools in Enniskillen.

The NIHRC provided an interactive presentation to the Year 10 GCSE LLW group at St Michael’s College. It focused on exploring what human rights we all have and how rights engage with sport, business and climate change.

This was followed by a workshop for Year 13 students at Mount Lourdes Grammar School. The Health and Social Care pupils looked at the importance of the Human Rights Act and human rights treaties such as the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that promote quality care, human rights and dignity.

Chief Commissioner Alyson Kilpatrick said:

“We really enjoyed providing these workshops to schools in Fermanagh. The NIHRC is committed to ensuring that our young people understand their human rights, as well as our role in promoting and protecting the rights of all. I would like to thank the schools for inviting us and the students for their enthusiasm and willingness to engage with our team and explore human rights. We wish them all the best with their studies.”

Leonora Dundas, teacher at St Michael’s College commented:

“The talk by NIHRC was truly eye-opening for our Year 10 GCSE LLW students. It provided them with a valuable understanding of human rights and the important work carried out by the commission. Our students gained a newfound appreciation for the significance of protecting and advocating for human rights in Northern Ireland. It was an incredibly beneficial experience for them.”

Pauline McGurren, Head of Health and Social Care at Mount Lourdes Grammar School added:

“Thank you for leading an inspiring, thought-provoking workshop. Students enjoyed the opportunity to discuss issues and ask questions on human rights which will support them in their studies.”


  • The NI Human Rights Commission is a statutory public body established in 1999 to promote and protect human rights. In accordance with the Paris Principles the Commission reviews the adequacy and effectiveness of measures undertaken by the UK Government to promote and protect human rights, specifically within Northern Ireland.
  • If you are interested in having the Commission speak to your post-primary students, please contact
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