On Wednesday 30th April the Diana Award team are heading to Facebook’s Headquarters in Dublin for our first ever Anti-Bullying Ambassadors Schools Showcase Event in Ireland. This event will highlight some of the best peer-led anti-bullying practice taking place in schools across the Republic and Northern Ireland. Many of these young people have experienced bullying themselves and are now actively tackling bullying both online and offline with outstanding results.
The prestigious Diana Award will be awarded to 43 Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from the following schools in Ireland and Northern Ireland:
Loreto College, Dublin
St Andrews College, Dublin
Round Tower Integrated Primary School, Antrim
New-Bridge Integrated College, County Down
Belfast Model Girls School, Belfast
The awards will be presented by special guests including Hollywood actor Will Poulter, singer/songwriter Jordan O’Keefe, Westlife Star Brian Mcfadden, teenage band Fresh Ré, Entrprenuer and Broadcaster Caroline Downey and Ministers.
The Diana Award was set up as a lasting legacy to Princess Diana’s belief that young people have the power the change the world for the better. Her sons The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry support this prestigious award.
Will Poulter is an Anti-Bullying Ambassador for the Diana Award. Will says, “I’m so proud to be supporting the amazing work of all the Irish Diana Anti-Bullying Ambassadors and particularly delighted to be presenting the first Diana Award in Ireland. I know from my own experiences that bullying can be incredibly damaging and it’s important that young people come together to end its harmful effects.”
Tessy Ojo, CEO, Diana Award says: “We are incredibly proud to be celebrating, for the first time, the work that young people in Ireland are doing to make their communities safer and delighted to be partnering with Facebook. Like Princess Diana, we believe that young people are key to changing their communities. The perception that bullying both online and offline is part of growing up is wrong and the Diana Award understands that early intervention is critical in the prevention of bullying behavior. This is why we are delighted that the Diana Anti-bullying Ambassadors Programme places children at the heart of this preventative work.”
Sonia Flynn, Managing Director, Facebook Ireland, says: “The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme is a great initiative. We’re pleased to be part of it and to welcome young people from all over Ireland to Facebook Dublin today. Bullying isn’t acceptable online or offline. We believe in a culture where people feel empowered to report it when they see it and to stand up for each other. The students and teachers here today are leading the way when it comes to tackling bullying in their schools and communities and we hope that, through the Anti-Bullying Ambassadors programme, their work will inspire more young people, parents and educators to combat bullying.”
We can't wait to see watch the videos that we have produced with the schools and to share their anti-bullying work with the other schools and our special guests. Check our website out next week for a full report of the event and see lots of pictures!