Offaly Schools accept award for Our World Irish Aid Awards project

Damian Moran

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Damian Moran

World Irish Aid Awards Regional Final at the Lime Tree Theatre Limerick on May 22nd, Pictured Scoil Shinchill  being presented with their plaque by Fiona o'Dwyer, Irish Aid
Scoil Shinchill and Scoil Mhuire Clonegowan accepted their awards at Our World Irish Aid Awards regional final in Limerick on Wedneday May 22.

Scoil Shinchill and Scoil Mhuire Clonegowan accepted their awards at Our World Irish Aid Awards regional final in Limerick on Wedneday May 22.

The regional final of the ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards’ took place at the Lime Tree Theatre on Wednesday May 22nd 2013.

Over six hundred schools across Ireland registered for the Our World Irish Aid Awards this year and fifteen schools in the Limerick, Tipperary, Galway, Offaly, Laois, Clare and surrounding areas were shortlisted for the regional finals. Their projects were exhibited at the event and each school was presented with a special plaque by Irish Aid in recognition of their achievements.

Munster Rugby player, Marcus Horan attended the presentation and gave a short speech to congratulate the schools. He described,

“This is a great initiative for young people to be involved with. It it important that children realise at a young age that knowledge is power and education gives people a voice. It’s in our nature as Irish people to help others and it’s important that this is learnt at a young age. To see the efforts put in by these young Irish people is great and shows they are already trying to make the world a better place”

The theme for this year’s awards is Education for all the World’s Children. This is the United Nations 2nd Millennium Development Goal, which seeks to ensure that by 2015, children all over the world are able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

Minister Costello, who launched the Our World Irish Aid Awards in January, spoke of the schools who took part this year and their achievements,

“The Our World Irish Aid Awards have an important role to play in fostering an understanding amongst schoolchildren of the part which they have to play in making the world a fairer place as well as the work Ireland does in developing countries across the planet.

“In the sheer range and diversity of the many different entries which we have received this year, it’s easy to see the way in which so many schoolchildren have taken this to heart and have engaged in an imaginative and inventive manner with this year’s theme, Education for all the World’s Children.”

The Our World Irish Aid Awards encourage primary school children to learn more about the lives of children in the developing world and use their knowledge to create projects in a variety of media; from art, drama and essays to poetry, film and music. The competition is designed to foster a greater understanding of the Millennium Development Goals and Irish Aid’s work in developing countries.

Three schools going forward from the regional final to the Awards Ceremony which will take place in June at Croke Park in Dublin.