Congratulations to pupils from Ennis Educate Together NS who have been shortlisted from a total of 17,000 primary school students nationwide for an Our World Irish Aid Award!
Eleven primary schools from Dublin, Louth, Kilkenny, Monaghan, Kildare, Donegal, Westmeath and Clare have earned a coveted place on the shortlist for the annual primary schools initiative, which aims to promote awareness and understanding of global development issues and Irish Aid’s work in partnership with developing countries. All in all 1,200 projects from 700 schools took part in the competition, so this is a major achievement for Ennis Educate Together NS.
For their project, entitled “Education is the Key”, pupils at Ennis Educate Together N.S. produced project and a short DVD, inviting the world into their classroom.
The Our World Irish Aid Awards is an annual primary schools programme, now in its sixth year, which encourages pupils across Ireland to consider the lives of children in developing countries. With the help of their teachers, the students explore the day to day challenges faced by children of their own age in other countries. They then create projects on their findings, using a huge variety of mixed media, from art, drama and essays to poetry, film and music. The theme of this year’s Awards is ‘A Better Future for All the World’s Children’. The programme is run by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs. The core aim of the Our World Irish Aid Awards is to broaden the knowledge and understanding among young people of the Millennium Development Goals, as well as the work of Irish Aid in partnership with developing countries.
The entire school community at Ennis Educate Together NS is now eagerly awaiting the Our World Irish Aid Awards ceremony, which will be held on Thursday, February 17th at Dublin Castle. Popular RTE TV presenter Rob Ross will act as master of ceremonies. One outstanding entry will receive the Our World Irish Aid Award, with runner up projects receiving Highly Commended prizes.