Drumcondra school makes final of ‘Our World Irish Aid’ Awards at Dublin Castle

by Rose Barrett
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Fifth-Class pupils from Grace Park Educate Together National School (ETNS) have been chosen to represent Dublin at the 2024 final of the Our World Irish Aid Awards next week.

The school which is based in Drumcondra, Dublin 9 will join nine other national finalists across Ireland at a ceremony in Dublin Castle on Thursday, June 13.

Grace Park ETNS is one of just ten schools in Ireland to be in the running for one of seven prestigious Our World Irish Aid Awards comprising the Changemakers Award, Gaeilge Award, Performance Award, Food for Life Award, Countries in Focus Award, Teacher of the Year and the coveted School of the Year Award.  Each of the ten schools will also have their work featured in a special printed edition of the Global Goal Getters annual which will be distributed nationwide. 

The project submitted by fifth-class pupils at Grace Park comprises a series of videos of pupils reading poems they wrote about this year’s theme Food for Life. Congratulating Grace Park ETNS on making it to the national final, Minister of State for International Development and Diaspora, Sean Fleming said: “Each of the projects submitted by the ten finalists demonstrate an impressive level of insight and understanding of what are complex global issues that have a devastating impact on the most vulnerable in our world.

“I really look forward to meeting the pupils from Grace Park Educate Together National School and their teacher at the national final on June 13th.  I know that there is a great sense of excitement around the opportunity to gather together to celebrate each other’s success.

“I am also looking forward to personally thanking our primary school teachers for their continued commitment, not just to participating in the Awards, but also to nurturing an ethos of global citizenship amongst our young people, which is essential if we are all to play an individual and collective part in making the world a better place for all.”

Now in their 19th year, the Our World Irish Aid Awards have seen tens of thousands of primary school pupils across Ireland learn about Irish Aid and its work to help improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable citizens.  This year’s theme was Food for All. 

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