Success for Limerick primary schools at Our World Irish Aid Awards 2017

Our World Irish Aid Awards 2017

Regional Finalists from Christ the King National School, Caherdavin are from left: Scott Clifford Carney, Tony Williams and Bradley Aherne at the regional final of the Our World Irish Aid Awards 2017 at the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.

Primary school pupils from Christ the King National School, Caherdavin have made it to the national final of the Our World Irish Aid Awards 2017.  They, along with pupils and teachers from 11 other primary schools across Ireland, will travel to Dublin Castle on Tuesday 13th June 2017 to showcase their projects as they compete for the overall ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards’ trophy.  Additionally, Crecora National School was presented with a Special Distinction Award at today’s regional final of Our World Irish Aid Awards 2017.

Our World Irish Aid Awards 2017

Pictured are Vanessa Sheridan, Irish Aid and Okeremute Okeregha. Front from left: Oisin O’Byrne, Ruth Griffin and Con Kirby from Crecora National School. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.

Both schools attended today’s event at the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick which saw 15 primary schools from the region compete for three of 12 places at the national final, Best Regional Newcomer, and Special Distinction Awards.  As well as exhibiting their work and taking part in a number of activities, pupils and teachers heard from special speaker Okeremute Okeregha who shared her own first-hand experience of the developing world.

Congratulating the teachers and pupils at Christ the King National School and Crecora National School, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh T.D. said that this year’s Award entries had shown exceptional creativity and understanding of the Awards’ theme ‘For People and Planet’.

“I would like to congratulate the teachers and pupils at Christ the King National School and Crecora National School on their success at today’s regional final.

“This year more than 1,300 primary schools across the country participated in the Awards, exploring the interdependence between people and the natural world, and how the well-being of people, wildlife and the environment is interconnected.  They have also been learning about the lives of children and their families in Irish Aid’s eight partner countries through the use of online teaching and learning materials.

Our World Irish Aid Awards 2017

Regional Finalists from Christ the King National School, Caherdavin are from left: Scott Clifford Carney, Tony Williams and Bradley Aherne at the regional final of the 2017 Our World Irish Aid Awards at the Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick. Photo: Sean Curtin True Media.

“The Our World Irish Aid Awards help children to develop an understanding around issues that affect us all and highlight our responsibility to help support those most vulnerable in our world, as well as bringing the U.N. Global Goals for Sustainable Development into the classroom in a way that helps  our younger citizens to understand and contribute towards meeting them.”

Now in their 12th year, the Our World Irish Aid Awards help primary school pupils learn about the lives of children and their families in developing countries, and how Ireland and 192 other countries are working together to create a safer and fairer world and a better future for all the world’s children through the U.N. Global Goals for Sustainable Development.

Each entry was assessed on its creativity, understanding of the theme and its impact.  All 15 schools present at today’s regional final were presented with an ‘Our World Irish Aid Award’ plaque.  The schools that go on to compete in the national final will contend not just for the overall Our World Irish Aid Awards trophy, but also the titles of Teacher of the Year and Best Newcomer School.

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