Our Lady of Mercy Girl’s National School, Cahir, was recently presented with an award in honour of being chosen as a national finalist in the ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards 2014’, while St. Ciaran’s National School from Hartstown, Dublin took home the overall award.
The national finals took place in Dublin Castle where the top 12 schools nationwide, chosen from hundreds of entries, had gathered to showcase their projects. The Tipperary school put a great deal of work into their project which included research on poverty and hunger which was compiled into a magazine and a re-working of the song ‘Imagine’ which was presented to other classes. The ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards’ have been running since 2005 in an effort to increase primary pupils’ awareness and understanding of global development issues, in particular the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s) and the work of Irish Aid, and to help them explore the links between their lives and the lives of children in developing countries.Speaking at the finals, RTE journalist and presenter Keelin Shanley praised the students for their efforts: “The variety of topics and depth of research on show today, and throughout this awards programme, are testament to the drive and empathy of Irish students. For more information please visit http://ourworldirishaidawards.ie or follow us on twitter @Irish_Aid