The Our World Awards seek to enable pupils to learn about the lives of children and their families in developing countries and how Ireland, through Irish Aid, and 192 other countries in the United Nations are working together to create a safer and fairer world, and a better future for all the world’s children. Pupils as global citizens can play their part by taking part in the Awards and engaging with these issues.
This year’s theme, For People and Planet, invites pupils to learn about the Global Goals and how Irish Aid is working hard to create a better world and a better future for children living in poverty.
All countries of the United Nations, including Ireland, are now working together to create a better world and a better future for us all by 2030, through the Global Goals for Sustainable Development which build on the achievements of the previous UN Millennium Development Goals.
We provide teachers with curriculum related lesson plans and information on the website. We send out free pupils’ magazines and free teachers’ packs to all participating schools. Advice and support is available throughout the duration of the programme by phone and online.
Following regional finals in Dublin, Limerick, Cork and Sligo, the top 12 schools are invited to the Our World Irish Aid Awards National Final in Dublin Castle as a reward for their hard work. The National Final is a fantastic day out where pupils and their teachers showcase their projects, take part in games and activities, meet the Minister of State, and each school receives a prestigious Our World Irish Aid Awards trophy. The overall winners of 2016 were Kilcoe N.S., Co Cork. It could be you in 2017!
Taking part in the Our World Irish Aid Awards has been a fantastic experience for my 5th & 6th classes. The children have gained great insight into the problems faced by people in the developing world and the ability they have to lift themselves out of poverty if given the opportunity. The project encompassed all areas of the primary school curriculum. The children themselves would regard the Our World Irish Aid Awards as one of the highlights of their primary school experience!
It is a superb project, really well run from start to finish. If we’re just sowing a small little seed of interest in these children, they are our future. We should really encourage everybody to take part in the Irish Aid project.