Clondalkin National School Winners of the Irish Aid Our World Global Schools’ Award 2008
At a very special gathering in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, today, the Minister of State for Overseas Development, Michael Kitt T.D. announced Clonburris National School, Clondalkin, Dublin as the overall winners of the Irish Aid Our World Global Schools’ Award 2008.
Ten primary schools from across Ireland were honoured at the Awards
Ceremony for their projects, which this year focused on the theme
of poverty in developing countries. The winning entry from
Clonburris National School, entitled ‘The Good, The Bad and The
Ugly’, was researched and created by three eleven year-old pupils
from the Clondalkin school – Israel Olanipekun and Lonre Sosan both
from Nigeria and Shamil Ataev, from Chechnya. Their colourful, one
hundred-page project, focused on child labour in the gold mines of
Burkina Faso in West Africa. Speaking at the Awards, Minister of
State Kitt said:
“I am delighted with the level of school participation in the Irish Aid Our World Global Schools' Award this year. We received over 1500 projects from schools around Ireland.
It is heartening to see the level of interest young people have in learning about, and from, the lives of children like themselves in the developing world. I hope that the pupils and teachers participation in the Irish Aid Our World Global Schools’ Awards programme will encourage a life long interest in development issues."
The Awards were hosted by popular RTE ‘Den TV’ presenter, Robert Ross. Over one hundred teachers and pupils attended the ceremony and lunch in Farmleigh House, where more than twenty projects were on display. The ceremony came to close with music from African guitarist and singer Niwel Tsumbu.
Note to editors:
Now in its third year, the Irish Aid Our World Global Schools’ Awards programme offers an engaging and creative way for younger people to gain an insight and understanding into issues in developing countries. Open to pupils in 3rd through 6th classes in the Republic and in 4th through 7th form in Northern Ireland, this year saw over 1,500 projects submitted. The enthusiasm and dedication of the schools and individual teachers involved is at the very core of the programme. The work they undertake with their pupils fosters a greater understanding of global issues.
The Irish Aid Our World Global Schools’ Awards programme stems from the eight Millennium Developmental Goals, which were agreed in September 2000 by Ireland and 188 other countries in the United Nations.
Awards were presented as follows:
Irish Aid Our World Global Schools’ Award 2007
School Clonburris NS, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
Project The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Junior Category Awards
School St Manchan's NS, Convent Hill, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
Project Ghana and Fair Trade
School St Manchan’s NS, Convent Hill, Mohill, Co.
School Le Cheile NS, Mornington Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Project Advert – A day in the life of Elma
School St Patrick’s Boys National School, Lombard
Project Operation School
School Castleknock NS, Main St, Castleknock, Dublin
Project Powerful Poverty
Senior Category Awards
School Scoil Naomh Brid, Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan
Project Our World
School St Josephs NS, Chapel Hill, Macroom, Co. Cork
School St. Rynagh’s NS, Main St, Banagher, Co.
Project Realise & React
School Scoil Barra, Inishmore, Ballincollig, Co. Cork
School Waterford Educate Together NS, Morrissons Ave, Tycor, Waterford
Project A Chance, A Hope
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