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Kids helping kids
Address and contact details
Anne Marie Foran
25-26 Great Strand Street
Tel.: +353 1 878 3000
Fax: +353 1 878 6655
URL: www.unicef.ie or
Kids helping kids website
Local and regional newspapers serve as media partners.
In 2002, these partners included Athlone Topic, The
Bray People, Clare County Express, Dundalk Democrat,
Fingal Independent, Limerick Leader, Longford News, The Northern
Standard, Roscommon Herald, Southern Star, Tuam Herald, and Western People Ltd.
Launched in 2000, Kids Helping Kids is designed
to offer an opportunity for Irish children to make
a difference in the lives of other children living in difficult
circumstances. Beginning each year at Halloween (late October), UNICEF
Ireland provides information, online and printed materials, and suggested
activities to teachers and students about an issue impacting children
globally. It also encourages kids and their teachers to initiate educational fund-raising activities.
Aims and objectives
Information provided on the Kids Helping Kids
page on the UNICEF
Ireland site is the basis for this
programme. Information is divided into two sections,
each of which is designed to be appropriate for the age and skill level
of either primary school or secondary school students. Additional suggestions
for action projects, as well as links to information resources, are
also provided. The Kids Helping Kids pack may also be obtained
in printed format (see contact information above).
On the basis of the guidance provided on this site, each year
students, teachers and parents organise initiatives
such as fashion shows, plays, raffles, bake sales
and dance-a-thons in their schools and communities. In the
2002 project, funds were raised for child victims of the war in
Sierra Leone. In 2001, Kids Helping Kids focused on
ensuring children's universal right to health care and on raising funds to help UNICEF protect
in Zambia from malaria. In its first year, Irish students
were encouraged to raise funds for and awareness of
UNICEF's emergency educational support, known as 'School-in-a-box'
kits (portable classrooms that can be adapted to re-establish
schools quickly for child refugees and victims of war or disaster).
Each year, partnering newspapers agree to make an effort to publish submissions
from schools about their action projects and to raise awareness of the issue of child victims of war.
Involvement of children
Since its creation in 2000, hundreds of students
and schools nationwide have participated in Kids Helping Kids.
Students, teachers and parents have organised creative initiatives
such as fashion shows, plays, raffles, bake sales and dance-a-thons
in their schools and communities. Thousands of euros have been
raised to benefit worthy initiatives.
This year Kids Helping Kids has a great, new educational resource-tool for
teachers and the classroom. A 10-minute video is available which features information
on the background and history of UNICEF with a closer look at the issue of
polio vaccination worldwide. Great footage from Samantha Mumba's recent trip
to Zambia with UNICEF is also included.
General public in Ireland, with a focus on youth participation
and media involvement
Children worldwide - each year has a specific campagin topic.
This year Kids Helping Kids will focus its fundraising
program on UNICEF Ireland's latest campaign, "The Race to
Reach the Last Child - Help UNICEF Ireland make Polio history by
With just 2 years and only 7 countries to go before
the intended global eradication of Polio, UNICEF Ireland has decided
its 2003 volunteer fundraising campaigns - kids, volunteers and
businesses - on the issue of Polio. This will be an extensive,
targeted nationwide campaign, offering the Irish public a real
opportunity to be a positive part of history.
Strengths of project
Kids helping kids involves young people in a number
of ways. They can use their creativity to develop (media) strategies
for fundraising and are then also directly involved in the fundraising
process. The overarching character of the project, i.e. the interaction
of children, adults and the media, has let the project become a
In fulfilling the mandate of the United Nations
Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF Ireland is pleased
to offer classroom
resources, UNICEF publications and research assistance to both
teachers and students pertaining to children's rights and the state
of the world's children. A minimal fee may apply to some requests
for postage and printing costs. To inquire about information services,
please contact UNICEF's Information Officer in Ireland, Kay
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