Dublin’s primary school pupils asked for input on creating a more inclusive society

by Rachel Cunningham
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Minister of State with responsibility for disability, Anne Rabbitte, has invited Dublin’s primary school pupils help to make Dublin a more inclusive society. 

She joined pupils from Catherine McAuley National School, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin to mark the launch of this year’s Someone Like Me primary schools art competition. 

Organised by the National Disability Authority, the competition has seen more than 9,000 primary school pupils submit projects over the last six years, all of which were inspired by their learning about inclusivity and diversity through the medium of art. 

Commenting on the launch, Minister Rabbitte said: “Approximately 6 per cent of children aged between 0 and 14 years have a disability. This means that, on average, every primary school class in Ireland will have at least one or two students with a disability. 

“Ensuring their acceptance and inclusion from an early age is important for children with disabilities if they are to reach their full potential. Initiatives that increase awareness about disability for all children, such as this competition, are important steps in developing a more inclusive society.” 

The Someone Like Me art competition junior and senior lesson plans have been delivered to every primary school in Ireland. It offers a range of prizes up to the value of €1,250 and is open to all primary school pupils from junior infants to sixth class. 

Entries can come in all shapes and sizes and can be anything from a poster or collage to a papier-mâché or mixed media sculpture, a poem or song to a multi-media presentation. 

The final deadline for entries is Friday, November 18.

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