Our World Irish Aid Awards 2016

Irish Aid Our World Awards

Pic: Clare Keogh

Imagine One World, One Future with the Our World Irish Aid Awards!

This year’s theme of One World, One Future encourages children to depict how they think how the world could be in 2030.

Irish Aid is the government’s overseas aid programme. These awards aim to teach primary school pupils from 3rd to 6th class about the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development and the lives of children in developing countries, for them to then create projects reflecting the hardships faced by these poorer communities.

Minister for Development, Trade Promotion and North South Cooperation, Seán Sherlock TD is encouraging primary schools in the South Dublin area to take part: “The Our World Irish Aid Awards give pupils from all over South Dublin a great opportunity to gain insight into the lives of children in the developing world and convey their understanding through projects which are both creative and educational.

“This year pupils will learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which were agreed upon in September 2015. The Goals are aimed at eradicating poverty, addressing environmental degradation and climate change, and building a more peaceful, fair and sustainable world.

“The Global Goals offer an ambitious framework to tackle the most pressing social, economic and environmental problems facing the world today. It is so important that pupils in Ireland today learn about these Goals which are so vital for the creation of a better world and a better future for all.

“I encourage all South Dublin schools to get involved in this great programme.”

Regional awards ceremonies will take place in May, when plaques will be presented to the projects with the greatest creativity, understanding of the theme and impact. The top 12 projects will go forward to the national final in June, with the overall winner receiving the Our World Irish Aid Awards trophy. There will also be recognition for one teacher’s outstanding contribution with the first Our World Irish Aid Awards Teacher of the Year Award!

Entries close on March 11. You can download an entry form from the Our World Irish Aid Awards website, which can be sent back by email to ourworld@realnation.ie, or by post to Our World Irish Aid Awards, c/o Real Nation, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.

By Aimée Mac Leod