Minister launches Irish aid awards

OVERSEAS Development Minister Peter Power yesterday launched the fifth annual Our World Irish Aid Awards for primary school children.

The awards encourage pupils to create projects which explore the challenges faced by young people in developing countries.

Launching this year’s awards, at the Salesian Primary School in Fernbank, Limerick, Mr Power said: “I would encourage teachers and pupils across Ireland to take up the challenge of learning more about people living in the developing world. This award scheme is an engaging and interactive way of raising awareness of the many development challenges facing our fellow citizens around the world.”

Last year more than 15,000 pupils from over 550 primary schools submitted projects.

The theme of this year’s competition is “Hunger in our World” which relates to the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goal One: to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

The closing date for this year’s awards is Friday, December 4.

A shortlist of schools will be announced in January 2010.

The Our World Irish Aid Awards ceremony will be held in February 2010.

One outstanding entry will receive the “Our World Irish Aid Award”, and a further 10 to 15 entries will get the “Our World Irish Aid Award – Highly Commended” prize.


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