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Irish Aid is the Irish Government’s overseas development cooperation programme to fight world hunger and poverty on behalf of all the people of Ireland. Ireland’s development cooperation programme works together in partnership with governments, international agencies, non-governmental organisations and communities to protect the environment, grow more food, create jobs, build schools and hospitals etc., so that poor and vulnerable people can improve their lives, protect themselves from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases and build a better future for their children. 

The Our World Irish Aid Awards gives you the chance to learn more about the developing world and to speak out for a better future for all the world’s people.

The theme of this year’s Awards is ‘Partnership for the Goals’. We want you to think and learn about children in developing countries and how these countries are working together, in partnership, to create a better future for all children, everywhere, through the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Using our Partnership for the Goals magazine and accompanying lesson plan, you can work on a creative piece showcasing what you learned or what inspired you. You can use writing, artwork, music or film and submit your work for a chance to feature in our Global Goal Getters online multi-media magazine, by kids, for kids. 

We also want you to share your ideas and information with your friends and family at school and at home! Everyone in the world, including you, has an important role to play in fighting global poverty and creating a better world. Taking part in the Awards is a good place to start. Are you and your class up to the challenge?

193 countries of the United Nations, including Ireland, are working together to create a better world and a better future for all by 2030, through the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which were agreed in September 2015, with Ireland taking a leading role in negotiations. These Goals, which build on the achievements of the previous UN Millennium Development Goals, seek to bring about a better future for children everywhere and for future generations.

The 17 Global Goals are as follows (simplified wording):

1. End poverty
2. End hunger
3. Make sure everyone can live healthy lives
4. Make sure everyone gets a good education
5. Make sure that women and girls get the same chances as men and boys
6. Make sure that everyone has access to clean water and proper toilets
7. Make sure that everyone has enough heat, light and power without damaging the environment
8. Help countries to develop and provide good jobs in a way that benefits everyone
9. Build schools, hospitals and roads, and promote creative businesses and industries, that make the people’s lives better
10. Make sure that everyone is treated fairly and that countries treat each other fairly
11. Make cities environmentally friendly and safe communities where people can live well
12. Make sure we only buy or use what we need so that we do not use up the Earth’s scarce resources
13. Act now to fight climate change
14. Look after the life in our oceans and seas
15. Look after forests, animals and the earth itself
16. Work for peace and justice inside and between countries
17. Countries will work together as partners to achieve the Global Goals and make the world a better place for everyone


  • The theme this year is ‘Partnership for the Goals’ 


Yes! The lesson plans on the Awards website have been written to provide pupils with learning opportunities directly related to the primary curriculum, including:

Curriculum Areas Republic of Ireland: Languages, Social, Personal & Health Education, Arts Education, Social, Environmental & Scientific Education, Religious/Ethical Education, Literacy & Numeracy.

Areas of Learning Northern Ireland: Language & Literacy, Mathematics & Numeracy, Personal Development & Mutual Understanding, The Arts, The World Around Us, Religious Education.

Yes. You can either call our dedicated hotline number on 01 522 4834 and one of our team will be more than happy to help you. Or, you can send in your query via email to ourworld@realnation.ie

Curriculum Areas Republic of Ireland: Languages, Social, Personal & Health Education, Arts Education, Social, Environmental & Scientific Education, Religious/Ethical Education, Literacy & Numeracy.

Areas of Learning Northern Ireland: Language & Literacy, Mathematics & Numeracy, Personal Development & Mutual Understanding, The Arts, The World Around Us, Religious Education.

  • Taking part will help pupils learn about wider world issues and will provide them with learning opportunities directly related to the primary curriculum. Through the teaching and learning support materials, pupils are provided with current information on developing countries, encouraged to develop their own ideas and use a range of analytical and communication skills to develop their entry.

  • In addition, pupils will have fun using their creativity to present their projects in a wide range of media (music, art, writing, new media, etc.) and enjoy sharing what they have learnt in our online Global Goal Getters magazine.


  • Taking part is easy: Your school will receive a teacher’s pack and free pupils’ magazines by mail. You can also access our pupils magazine and  lesson plans linked to this year’s theme ‘Partnership for the Goals’ on the teacher’s page of this website. 

  • Most teachers explore the issues through using at least some of the activities and information in the pupils’ magazine and in the lesson plans. You can then discuss with your pupils what topic or topics to focus on, and how to present their knowledge and ideas as a creative piece for the Global Goal Getters magazine.  Pupils can work on their project in pairs, in small groups, as a whole class or as a school.


  • Deadline for receipt of submissions for our Global Goal Getters February issue is: Friday, 4th December. 

  • If you miss the December deadline don’t worry! Submissions are ongoing for our March and May Global Goal Getters issues. 

  • Send in your entries, along with a completed entry form to:
    Our World Irish Aid Awards, Real Nation, 24 Arran Quay, Dublin 7.


Or you can email your entry to: ourworld@realnation.ie

  • The creative piece can take any number of forms and, because the Global Goal Getters is an online magazine, we can accept multi-media pieces like video clips and recordings. 

  • Your pupils can take on a number of ways to showcase their learning: writing an article, poem, song, rap; creating drawings, paintings, infographics; video clips of drama performances or advertisements; photographs of their 3D artwork, murals and more!  All ideas are welcome!

  • It is important to make sure that you fill out your Entry Form and that you accept the terms and conditions. If pupils complete any large pieces of work like 3D models or large posters/artwork – please just photograph it and send us high resolution images.

  • Don’t forget to label everything you send as clearly as possible with the school name and roll number!


The classroom resources and At Home Learning activities provided on this website provide step-by-step lesson plans for teachers, with supporting worksheets and background information, which are adequate for participation in the Awards.


However, the following publications and websites also have a wonderful range of ideas, resources and materials presented in teacher-friendly and child-friendly interactive style:

  • One World, Our World Storybook for 10-12 year olds on 5 of Irish Aid’s partner countries. Available free from Irish Aid [PDF]
  • Concern’s Development Education primary-school resources 
  • Development and Intercultural Education Matters! – A practical guide from the primary classroom is a DVD created by the DICE Project and INTO learning exploring good practice for development and intercultural education. Contact info@dice.ie to request a copy.
  • Me, You, Everyone (2006) Amnesty International Irish Section.
  • Oxfam UK has excellent materials, free to download on: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/education/resources
  • It is also worth checking out: www.developmenteducation.ie for additional primary classroom resources.