‘Leave No One Behind’ – launch of the Our World Irish Aid Awards 2019

Announcing the official launch of the 2019 Our World Irish Aid Awards for primary schools across the island of Ireland.

“There are 7.6 billion people in the world; 617 million young people who do not have basic mathematical, reading and writing skills; 57 million primary school aged children are not able to go to school.  You quickly see why it is essential that Ireland continues to play a proactive role in overseas development and meeting the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development.”

“This year’s Our World Irish Aid Awards focuses on the theme of ‘Leave No One Behind’ which recognises that each and every person counts and deserves a fair opportunity regardless of who they are and where they live.  The Awards will give pupils from across the island of Ireland a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the lives of children in developing countries and understand that, while we may live thousands of miles away from our Irish Aid partner countries, the way we live our lives makes a difference to theirs.

“This is an imaginative and creative way of introducing our young people to the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development which aim to eradicate poverty, climate change, and build a more peaceful, fair and sustainable world by 2030, not least because we all have a role to play in creating a better world and better future for all, leaving no one behind.

Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon speaking at the launch of primary education awards programme, January 14, 2019

This award theme ‘Leave No One Behind,’ invites teachers and pupils to learn about the Global Goals and the work of Irish Aid in partner countries.

The 2019 Our World Irish Aid Awards interactive online resources are for primary schools across the island of Ireland.

Schools are supported with:

  • Child-friendly resources, like the very popular 12-page pupil’s magazine and digital games
  • Curriculum-linked teaching materials to help teachers deliver across the primary curriculum areas
  • An easy to use website with further information and project ideas

For more details take a look at the 2019 education materials annotation in the resources library and supporting initiative which was launched last Monday by Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon.