World Children's Day 2021

Barnardos Highlights Children’s Hopes for the Future this World Children’s Day

Posted on Friday 19 November 2021 in Press Releases, Events

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Barnardos Highlights Children’s Hopes for the Future this World Children’s Day  




To celebrate World Children’s Day 2021 Barnardos teamed up with some of the young people in their services to find out all about their hopes and dreams for the future. Barnardos works with over 18,000 children and families in communities across Ireland, providing services to ensure they can look towards a brighter future in a country where every child can reach their full potential. For information about Barnardos services go to   Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos CEO said: “World Children’s Day is a highlight for us every year as it gives children all over the world a voice, and a platform to share their thoughts, hopes and dreams. This year we asked the children in our services what they wanted to be when they grow up and their responses were wonderful.  

 “I want to be a pilot, so I can bring people to nice places.” 

Alfie, 6 

“I want to be my dad, he’s the best daddy in the world!” 

Michael, 5 


Suzanne Connolly, continued: “The last 18 months have been challenging for us all and has the made the future feel uncertain. Children and young people however, are looking ahead with excitement and confidence about what the future might hold, and what they might grow up to be. It is our job as the adults in their lives to nurture that and create a better future, for every child.” 


The Covid-19 pandemic has shown how inequality affects the rights of every child. From climate change, education and mental health, to ending racism and discrimination, children and young people are raising their voices on the issues that matter to their generation and calling for adults to create a better future. For more information on how you can support Barnardos go to  




Notes to editors  

World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children's Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children's welfare. #worldchildrensday 



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About Barnardos 

Barnardos helps transform children’s lives through their services; by supporting parents; and by challenging society where it fails children. Barnardos works in over 40 projects across the country and was established in Ireland in 1962.