Rights as students

As students you spend a large portion of your life in the school environment.

YouthConnect and the ISSU believe it is hugely important that you know what rights you have and we are dedicated to informing you of those rights both at school and at work.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child provides for some of your basic rights.  These rights should always be observed, whether you are at work or in school.

You have the right to...

  • Form your own opinion and express your views freely on all matters affecting you
  • Freedom of expression and the right to seek and receive information in all forms
  • Freedom of thought, conscience and religion
  • Freedom of association and assembly

Why not get involved in your school student council?  Visit the Irish Second-level Students' Union to see what can happen when you get involved in these issues and what changes you can make.


Students from Mercy Secondary School, Ballymahon, Co. Longford

"I expect to get a Summer job next Summer and James gave me useful information about my rights as a worker"  Daniel

"I enjoyed the talk by James.  He is informative and humerous.  I learned loads about employee rights." William

"The information James gave us is useful to me for when I am looking for a job this year."  Darragh

Students from Beneavin De La Salle College, Finglas, Co. Dublin

"When David O'Driscoll came to visit out class, I thought it was very helpful as I am currently looking for work during the Christmas Season and it's very important to know my rights as a worker but also my responsibilities. He came at the right time!"

Daryl Hyland

"I enjoyed the guest speaker because I am 16 and he encouraged me to think about my rights as a worker"

Alex McCabe



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