The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, TD, joined pupils at Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, today to launch the 2017 Our World Irish Aid Awards. Students from left are Ava Doherty, Kevin Condron, Adam Chambers and  Ilinca Costan.    The Awards invite pupils across Ireland to create projects about the challenges facing children in developing countries and the role played by Ireland, through Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development, in the global effort to fight poverty.  Schools are provided with online and print curriculum linked teaching and learning materials, and pupils communicate their ideas and understanding of the issues in writing, song, film, artwork or any medium they choose. Photo Clive Wasson.

The Our World Irish Aid Awards has got off to a great start with the help of the wonderful pupils and their teachers at Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Letterkenny, Donegal. Having achieved the School of Development Distinction Award in 2016, Scoil Naomh Fiachra was very enthusiastic about getting involved in the Our World Awards again this year, and especially liked the new theme: “For People and Planet”. The 2017 Awards were launched by the Minister for the Diaspora and International Development Joe McHugh, TD, who was eager to meet the pupils and hear about their views on the Awards. The Awards which are open to all primary school pupils from 3rd to 6th class, help children to learn about the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development and Ireland’s contribution through the work of Irish Aid.