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Our World Irish Aid Awards - Shortlist Announced

Education, News/feature, Ireland, 2011

The shortlist for the sixth “Our World Irish Aid Awards” has just been announced. 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.

More than 17,000 children from 700 primary schools across Ireland participated in this year’s awards. The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power T.D., will present the awards at the February ceremony. Commenting on the short list he said:

"I would like to congratulate the eleven schools which have been chosen as finalists in this year’s Awards. I am delighted that the Our World Irish Aid Awards have gone from strength to strength each year. A record-breaking 700 primary schools are taking part this year and the entries are of an exceptionally high standard. They demonstrate the huge interest Irish children have in learning about the lives of people in developing countries and in exploring how we can promote a more just and equal world.”

Projects by the following schools have been shortlisted and pupils and teachers will attend the Awards ceremony in Dublin Castle on Thursday February 17th, 2011. 

School:                        St.Mary’s B.N.S, Drogheda, Louth.

Project:                        Our World, Our Future

School:                        St.Coleman’s N.S, Kilkenny.

Project:                        Exploring the Millennium Development Goals

School:                        St. Ciarans N.S, Clonsilla, Dublin 15.

Project:                        How Does Your Banana Make A Difference

School:                        St. Mary’s B.N.S, Monaghan.

Project:                        Health is Wealth

School:                        Ballybay Central School, Monaghan.

Project:                        How the Millennium Development Goals Are Working in Malawi to Give The Children There A Better    Future.

School:                        Kildangan N.S, Kildangan, Kildare.

Project                         Children are the Future, Children are the Present, We can Change the World.

School:                        Scoil Cholmchille S.N.S, Ballybrack, Dublin.

Project:                        Education is the Light

School:                        Educate Together N.S, Ennis, Clare.

Project:                        Education is the Key

School:                        Convent Primary School, Moate, Westmeath

Project:                        A Better Future for All the World’s Children

School:                        St.Eunan’s N.S, Raphoe, Donegal

Project:                        Our Actions Have an Impact on the People in Malawi

School:                        Clonburris N.S, Clondalkin, Dublin

Project:                        A Bright Future is in Our Hands.

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.

Irish Aid is the Government’s programme of overseas development assistance. The Our World Irish Aid Awards ceremony 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.

The Our World Irish Aid Awards programme is supported by media partner, The Irish Examiner.

17 January 2011