Calling all children - we want to hear from you!
It's been a year since schools closed for the first time so the Ombudsman for Children wants to hear from children and young people to say what school means to them. 
 
School is not just about learning, it’s about friends, it’s about sport, it’s about being part of a different community. At school you are not someone’s son or daughter, you are yourself.
 
The #MoreThanSchool campaign will run online from Monday March 15th until Monday 12th April. 
 
How to get involved:
The Ombudsman for Children are asking students returning to school to send them a picture, video, a photo, a comment, a reel – anything that shows what going back to school means to them. Paint, draw or snap - get creative!
 
Students are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild but here are a few ideas to get the juices flowing:
 - My favourite thing about school
 - How school has changed during the pandemic
 - My Covid-19 School Hero
 - Homeschool Reality
 
The Ombudsman for Children’s Office Youth Advisory Panel will select four runners up and an overall winner of #MoreThanSchool. The lucky winner will receive an i-pad while the runners up will get a pair of air-pods. 
 
They want to hear from children from all ages and from all parts of the country. Children with a physical, sensory or intellectual disability are encouraged to get in touch with the Office to take part. 
 
To take part email communications@oco.ie or Whatsapp 087 1029039. 
 
Don’t forget to keep an eye out on the Ombudsman for Children’s social media channels, where we will be sharing some of the entries! 
 
#MoreThanSchool 
 
Terms and Conditions:
When an entry is received, we will make contact to get permission from the young person and parents/guardians before sharing online or on our social accounts. 
If we don’t get permission, we will not be able to use the entry and we will have to delete it from our records. 
If information is received that suggests a child is in danger or at risk, we will follow up and report.
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