Experience an emergency tent on Culture Night

We are very excited to be participating in Culture Night this year.

Our team has decided to take a UNICEF Emergency Tent from the field to Trinity College in Dublin, where we will be offering #EmergencyLessons.

Explore what life is like for children living in emergencies by taking part in our “Emergency Lesson”. Discover the extraordinary lengths children go to, to continue learning. Find out why education is so important to them and see for yourself how difficult – but necessary – it is to learn in times of conflict or natural disaster.

We’ll be showing photos and videos from the aftermath of Nepal’s earthquake in 2015, as shot by exciting young photo artist Matthieu Chardon, @matthieufilms on Instagram. Matthieu’s work beautifully captures the resilience of Nepalese children, who are still dealing with the trauma of losing loved ones, their homes, and crucial parts of their communities – such as their schools. This innovative exhibition will be opened on the night be some very special guests!

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UNICEF’s Alan Murphy guides a family through the virtual reality experience at Casement Aerodrome, August 2016

Take a trip to Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, using our virtual reality headsets. Zaatari is home to 130,000 Syrians fleeing violence and war. You’ll be shown around the camp by 12-year-old resident Sidra, who will take you through her daily life; eating, sleeping, learning and playing in the vast desert city of tents.

Talk to our staff about the work we do, or take the time to write a note to one of the children we met in Nepal on a recent field trip with TV presenter Laura Whitmore and teen actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (16) of Sing St fame.

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Queuing for the UNICEF Emergency Tent at Casement Aerodrome, August 2016

Join our #EmergencyLessons at Trinity College Dublin on September 16th, 5pm-10pm.

Details on the exact location of our pitch and more information about the night itself will be available in September.

In the meantime, follow us on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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#EmergencyLessons Campaign Ambassador Laura Whitmore dancing with the girl from an anti-trafficking group in the slums of Kathmandu, June 2016

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#EmergencyLessons Campaign Ambassador Ferdia Walsh-Peelo plays his guitar for students in Gelu village in the earthquake-devastated region of Ramechhap, Nepal, June 2016

Millions of children around the world are out of school because of conflict, natural disaster or disease. For more on our #EmergencyLessons campaign, visit www.emergencylessons.ie