Local schools in Our World Irish Aid awards

Three local schools have been named as regional finalists in the Our World Irish Aid Awards 2014.

Three local schools have been named as regional finalists in the Our World Irish Aid Awards 2014.

Burnchurch National School, St Senan’s Boy’s National School and Kilkenny School Project are among the 60 schools from all over Ireland to have been selected from hundreds of entries. Their projects will be showcased at regional finals taking place in Sligo, Dublin, Limerick and Cork.

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 and the work of Irish Aid, and to help them explore the links between their lives and the lives of children in developing countries.

The Kilkenny entries included project books focusing on the Millennium Development Goals and video projects looking at the differences between their lives and the lives of children in developing countries. As part of the awards remit the students have also been educating others by presenting to their schools and their wider local community.

Representatives from the schools will be invited to accept a plaque for their school to show excellence in global awareness. The 12 chosen schools from the regional finals will go forward to the national finals to be held in Dublin Castle on Tuesday, June 17.

Each school at the national finals will get a special trophy in recognition of their work and the winning school will take home the Our World Irish Aid Awards overall winners’ trophy.