Wednesday 23 January 2019

Balbriggan ETNS Irish Aid project impresses

Balbriggan Educate Together National School is among eight Dublin primary schools who have been named as regional finalists in the prestigious annual Our World Irish Aid Awards.

The school will showcase its project alongside those from seven other schools across the region at the regional final event taking place in Dublin on Tuesday, May 15.

The Balbriggan effort is being co-ordinated by teacher, Cecelia Gavigan who has guided seven fifth class pupils from the school in putting together a project named 'Raising Awareness and Taking Action on the Global Goals.'

The project is a comprehensive piece of work focusing on issues like plastic waste, 'fast fashion' and action on climate change.

The group created posters, business cards and undertook peer teaching in school as well as created a video to show their local community. The also emailed TDs, MEPs and Fingal County Council on these issues and created a press release to local news websites and posts for their own school website.

Congratulating the teacher and pupils at the eight Dublin schools on making it to the Dublin regional final, Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D., said that the standard of project entries this year had been exceptionally high.'My warmest congratulations go to the teachers and pupils at all eight Dublin primary schools on being named regional finalists,' he said.

The Minister of State added: 'Hundreds of primary school pupils across Ireland took part in the Awards, learning how they, as global citizens, can make a tangible difference to the lives of others in developing countries and the transforming role of education.

'In particular, they have explored life in Mozambique and how the Irish people, through Irish Aid, have been supporting Mozambican children benefit from primary school education. This is hugely important in terms of developing our national understanding of Ireland's role in contributing to the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development.'

He concluded: ' The standard of entries this year was exceptionally high and, having met to choose the regional finalists, the judges now have a difficult task.'

Fingal Independent