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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 ‘Wellbeing for People and Planet’. Using our Wellbeing for People and Planet 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?

National Final Ceremony 2021

Congratulations to all our Global Goal Getters! Check out the National Final Ceremony below, to see excellent student work, hear interesting guest speakers and find out who our Award Winners are! 

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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 2021-2022

This year’s theme, Wellbeing for People and Planet, invites pupils to learn about the Global Goals and how Irish Aid, the government’s overseas development cooperation programme, is working hard to improve the lives and wellbeing of people in developing countries.

The Global Goal Getters Magazine

Last year we launched the Global Goal Getters, an online magazine series by kids, for kids. This child-centred, child-created magazine allows pupils the opportunity to share their learning, insight, creativity and most importantly, their VOICE.
After reading our Wellbeing for People and Planet 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 2021 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 2022 Global Goal Getters magazine issues. Find out more details in our Taking Part section.

The Global Goals
for Sustainable Development

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.

The Journey of the Awards





National Finals

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