Offaly school receives GOAL Humanitarian Award

The school received the award for their participation in development education and fundraising activities organised by GOAL last year

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Offaly school receives GOAL Humanitarian Award

Students from the school who took part in GOAL Development Education and fundraising activities with GOAL at Scoil Muire last year

A school in Birr has received a special humanitarian award from one of the country’s leading aid agencies.

Scoil Mhuire, Dunkerrin, Birr, were one of a number of select schools from around the country to receive the 2017 GOAL Humanitarian School Award.

The primary and post-primary schools received the award from GOAL as a result of their participation in development education and fundraising activities organised by GOAL last year.

“GOAL established the ‘GOAL Humanitarian School Award’ in 2016 to inspire humanitarianism in primary and secondary schools across the country,” explained GOAL’s Development Education Coordinator, Louise Merrigan. “We did so with the objective of recognising the efforts of students and teachers to learn more about the realities of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and to take action for a better world.”

All schools received a special certificate confirming their award, and their name has been added to GOAL’s ‘Humanitarian Schools Roll of Honour’ on the GOAL website.

School principal, Simone Mitchell, said her students – and the school in general - was delighted to receive the award.

“Our students really benefitted from an educational visit from GOAL and were inspired to further investigate global citizenship and children’s human rights as a result,” she said. “They thoroughly enjoyed raising money for those less fortunate by taking part in GOAL Jersey Day, knowing the difference that the money would make after our educational visit from GOAL brought the topic to life.

“This award recognises the important work we do in the school to promote global citizenship.

Primary and post-primary school that are interested in a development education visit from GOAL should contact schools@goal.ie.