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Our World Irish Aid Awards 2023/2024!

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs with responsibility for International Development and Diaspora, Seán Fleming, T.D., invites 3rd-6th class pupils across the country to enter the Our World Irish Aid Awards. The Awards can help pupils to learn all about the Sustainable Development Goals and how we can play our part in making the world a better place for all of us.

WHO WE ARE and What We Do

The Our World Irish Aid Awards gives you the chance to learn more about the developing world and to speak out for a better future for all the world’s people.

The theme of this year’s Awards is ‘Food for Life’. Using our ‘Food for Life’ pupil’s magazine and accompanying lesson plans, you can work on a creative piece showcasing what you learned or what inspired you. You can use writing, artwork, music or film and submit your work for a chance to feature in our Global Goal Getters online multi-media magazines, by kids, for kids.

We also want you to share your ideas and information with your friends and family at school and at home! Everyone in the world, including you, has an important role to play in fighting global poverty and creating a better world. Taking part in the Awards is a good place to start. Are you and your class up to the challenge?



The aim of the awards

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.

The theme for
2023 - 2024

This year’s theme, Food for Life, invites pupils to learn about the Global Goals and how Irish
Aid, the government’s international development cooperation programme, is working hard to
make sure every human being is included and treated fairly and equally so that we can all
build a better world for our families.

The Global Goal Getters Magazine

The Global Goal Getters, an online magazine series by kids, for kids, is a child-centred, child-created magazine that allows pupils the opportunity to share their learning, insight, creativity and most importantly, their VOICE.

After reading our Food for Life pupil’s magazine and completing the accompanying lesson plans, encourage your pupils to work on a creative piece based on what they’ve learned and discovered. Take a look at the wonderful work featured in the previous Global Goal Getters series and embark on a journey of Global Citizenship and help bring us one step closer to implementing the Global Goals for Sustainable Development across Ireland!

Submit your class’s entries for a chance to feature in one of the 2024 Global Goal Getters magazine issues. Find out more details in our Taking Part section.

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.

Clean Water & Sanitation

Global goal 1

Affordable and Clean Energy

Global goal 2

Decent Work and Economic Growth

Global goal 3

Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Global goal 4

Reduced Inequalities

Global goal 5

Sustainable Cities and Communities

Global goal 6

Responsible Consumption and Production

Global goal 7

Climate Action

Global goal 8

Life Below Water

Global goal 9

Life on Land

Global goal 10

Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Global goal 11

Partnerships for the Goals

Global goal 12

No Poverty

Global goal 13

Zero Hunger

Global goal 14

Good Health and well-being

Global goal 15

Quality Education

Global goal 16

Gender Equality

Global goal 17



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Introducing FOOD FOR LIFE!

The theme for this year’s Our World Irish Aid Awards is Food For Life. We would like to invite pupil’s of 3rd – 6th class to learn about the Global Goals and the work of Irish Aid through the curriculum linked Global Citizenship Education material available to download from our website.   Sign up to […]

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What our
entrants say

The thing I like best about the Our World Irish Aid Awards is that it can be a completely child-led initiative. As the project can be in any format and on any area related to the theme, you can really hand the reins over to the children and allow them to research, brainstorm, make decisions and direct the project themselves. I am constantly surprised and impressed by the depth of thought that it stimulates in pupils and levels of global citizenship which it allows them to develop. They also enjoy it so much and I think it’s an experience that will stay with them long after they leave primary school.

Cecelia Gavigan

Balbriggan Educate Together National School

I cannot recommend participation in the Our World Awards highly enough. The resources supplied by Irish Aid were the perfect spring board into the world of sustainable global development. The project encompassed all areas of the curriculum and the scope of the project meant that it was child centred at each stage, allowing for a wonderful sense of ownership at the end of the work. The enthusiasm of the participating children, parents and indeed the wider school community which the project created was astounding. A body of work that encourages children to explore the idea that their generation may very well end poverty and be the last generation to address climate change deserves the attention which participation in the Our World Awards facilitates.

Anne-Marie O’Sullivan,

St. Mary’s Convent Primary School, Nenagh