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Loreto students learn about impact of climate change and human rights

25 Jan 2021

Loreto students learn about impact of climate change and human rights

The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) has given a virtual presentation to Year 14 pupils at Loreto Grammar School.

The NIHRC spoke to students about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal around climate action, and highlighted a recent NIHRC video on climate and human rights, featuring Belfast-based poet Niamh McNally.

Year 14 learned that the NIHRC was created to help protect and promote the rights of everyone in Northern Ireland. Pupils also explored that although many freedoms have been restricted during the COVID-19 pandemic, vital human rights laws and protections remain in place.

The NIHRC provides presentations to schools as part of its education, promotion and awareness-raising function.

Head of Post 16 at Loreto Grammar School, SarahJane Fahy commented:

“Year 14 students at Loreto Grammar School, Omagh had the privilege of enjoying an assembly from the Commission. Through this highly engaging ‘live’ presentation the pupils gained an understanding of their own human rights and the role of the NIHRC in Northern Ireland. Year 14 pupils were especially interested in how the global issue of climate change has an impact on our human rights. This presentation was thought provoking and stimulating, inspiring Year 14 pupils to think of how they can contribute to society and uphold human rights.”

Chief Commissioner, Les Allamby, said:

“We would like to thank staff and pupils at Loreto Grammar School for allowing us to speak to them about our work and role in Northern Ireland, as well as hold a lively discussion about climate change and human rights. It is an important part of the Commission’s work to engage with young people who are considering human rights issues as part of their studies. I would like to wish them well with the rest of their studies.”

ENDS

Further information:

For further information please contact Claire Martin on: (028) 9024 3987 or by email on Claire.martin@nihrc.org

Notes to Editors

1. The NIHRC video on climate and human rights ‘It Seems’ can be viewed here.

2. 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 (NI).

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