Six Limerick primary schools have been named regional finalists in the prestigious annual Our World Irish Aid Awards.
Pupils and their teachers from Crecora National School; Carrickerry National School, Athea; Castleconnell National School; Meenkilly National School, Abbeyfeale; Mid West School for the Deaf, Rosbrien; and St. Brigid’s National School, Singland, Limerick City will showcase their projects alongside those from nine other schools across the region at the regional final event taking place in Limerick on Wednesday 16th May 2018.
Congratulating the teacher and pupils at all six schools on making it to the Limerick regional final, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D., said that the standard of project entries this year had been exceptionally high.
“My warmest congratulations go to the teachers and pupils at each of the six Limerick primary schools on being named regional finalists,” he said.
“Hundreds of primary school pupils across Ireland took part in the Awards, learning how they, as global citizens, can make a tangible difference to the lives of others in developing countries and the transforming role of education. In particular, they have explored life in Mozambique and how the Irish people, through Irish Aid, have been supporting Mozambican children benefit from primary school education. This is hugely important in terms of developing our national understanding of Ireland’s role in contributing to the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development”. Mr. Cannon explained.
Now in their 13th year, the Our World Irish Aid Awards help primary school pupils learn about the lives of children and their families in developing countries, and how Ireland and 192 other countries are working together to create a safer and fairer world and a better future for all the world’s children through the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.
This year primary schools across the country have been exploring the theme of ‘Transforming our World’ which was designed to help pupils relate to all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through the creation of projects about the challenges facing children in developing countries and the role played by Ireland, through the Government’s programme for overseas development, Irish Aid.
Each entry was assessed on its creativity, understanding of the theme and its impact. All 15 schools chosen to participate in the Limerick regional final, which is one of four regional finals, will be presented with an ‘Our World Irish Aid Award’ plaque, and three schools will be selected to compete alongside nine other schools in the Our World Irish Aid national final in Dublin Castle on Wednesday 20th June 2018, at which the overall winner will be presented with an ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards’ trophy. There will also be additional special awards for the Teacher of the Year and Best Newcomer School.
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