OUR WORLD IRISH AID AWARDS WATERFORD SCHOOL WINS NATIONAL AWARD
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OUR WORLD IRISH AID AWARDS
WATERFORD SCHOOL WINS NATIONAL AWARD
The Minister of State for Overseas Development, Mr Peter Power, T.D., today presented the fifth annual Our World Irish Aid Awards in Dublin Castle. Crehana National School in Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Waterford won the overall Our World Irish Aid Award for their project entitled Hunger in Our World. Crehana was one of the eleven finalists attending the awards ceremony.
Speaking at the Awards, Minister Peter Power said:
"I would like to congratulate the boys and girls of Crehana National School and their teachers on their well deserved award. The entries received this year from schools all over Ireland were extremely creative and well presented. They demonstrate the high level of commitment among pupils and teachers to working with developing countries and to making a difference in the fight against global poverty and hunger. The theme of this year’s competition ‘Hunger in our World’ helps to highlight the unacceptable reality that the number of people going hungry in the world is now over one billion."
The Awards encourage primary school students across Ireland to explore the lives of children in developing countries and learn more about the Millennium Development Goals. Irish Aid, in the Department of Foreign Affairs, is the Government’s programme of assistance to developing countries. In all, over 600 primary schools participated in the competition which is open to students across the island of Ireland.
Over two hundred primary school pupils and teachers attended the awards day at Dublin Castle, which was introduced by RTE young people’s presenter Rob Ross.
The overall winner of the Our World Irish Aid Award was:
Crehana National School, Carrick-on-Suir, Co.Waterford
Also honoured with Highly Commended prizes at this year’s Awards were:
School: Castleblaney N.S., Monaghan
Project Title: A Divided World
School: Nazareth House, Derry
Project Title: Our World, Our Fault, Our Problem
School: Knockerra N.S., Clare
Project Title: Stop Hunger in a World of Plenty
School: Scoil Eoin Pól, Donegal
Project Title: Hunger: There is a Cure
School: Clonburris N.S., Dublin
Project Title: Hunger – A Fact of Life/A Fact of Death
School: Vicarstown N.S., Cork
Project Title: Malawi on the Mend
School: St. Joseph’s Boys N.S,, Limerick
Project Title: The World is in Our Hands
School: St. Anthony’s Boys N.S., Wicklow
Project Title: One World Newspaper
School: St. Mary’s Boys N.S., Louth
Project Title: Hunger in Our World
School: St. Mary’s Boys N.S, Monaghan
Project Title: Hunger: Fair World = Fairtrade
The Our World Irish Aid Awards programme is supported by The Irish Times, as media partner.
Notes for Editors
Pupils of 3rd and 4th class in Crehana NS showed how tackling chronic hunger and food insecurity are critical to the achievement of all the Millennium Development Goals. Their project also highlighted the fact that everyone has a role to play in fighting hunger, whether through fairtrade, taking care of the environment or becoming aware and active on this issue. The judges described it as an extremely impressive project which showed a well-developed understanding of these global issues which connect our lives to the lives of people all over the world.
For further information, please contact Fionnuala Quinlan, press officer, Irish Aid, the Department of Foreign Affairs on 01-4082653 or 087-9099975.
For further media information on the Our World Irish Aid Awards please contact Aileen/Mary-Kate at Entertainment Architects on 01 2194662
26 January 2010Top