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Bringing global issues into your classroom as part of the primary school curriculum is easier than you might think. Irish Aid can offer you resources, ideas and information to help pupils understand the links between their lives and those of people in developing countries. We can help you to bring global development and human rights issues into your teaching for Social Environmental and Scientific Education (SESE), Social Personal and Health Education (SPHE) and for cross-curricular work.

Pupils from Crecora National School are celebrating making it to the national final of the prestigious 2018 Our World Irish Aid Awards.

Our World Irish Aid Awards

The annual Our World Awards programme help teachers and pupils from 3rd to 6th classes to bring the world into the classroom!

Teaching and learning materials are provided on an annual theme to give teachers and their classes all the support they need to explore global themes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Pupils are invited to express their own ideas and understanding in a project in any medium. The top 60 projects receive regional awards in Sligo, Dublin, Cork and Limerick with the top 12 schools attending the national finals in Dublin

For more information or to download lesson plans and videos: or contact: Our World Awards Project Officer, Real Nation: 01-5224800

Primary Summer workshops at the Irish Aid Centre

Bring your class to free primary school workshops in the Irish Aid Centre at 3 Clonmel Street, off Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. Pupils take part in music based culture workshops on east Africa, and learn about the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the work of Irish Aid. 

Workshops are free of charge and last for 90 minutes. Booking is necessary so just Contact us, or give us a call at 01-4082823.

Irish Aid resources for teachers

Food and Farming in Ethiopia

A classroom pack for 5th and 6th class Geography, looking at the problems faced by poor farming communities in Tigray, northern Ethiopia, and how communities were supported to develop more sustainable livelihoods and cope with climate change. Pack contains information, photocopiable worksheets, a teacher's book and 12 colour photos

One World Our World storybook

This free illustrated pupil's storybook uses child-to-child information, stores and interesting facts to help pupils from third to sixth classes learn about Irish Aid's partner countries.

Download a free copy 

Initial teacher education

DICE (Development and Intercultural Education) is a programme that helps student teachers to teach about global development issues and to encourage equal respect for one's own and other cultures both locally and globally. Irish Aid supports DICE in all five colleges of education.

Why not find out more about the DICE programme in your college:

Mary Immaculate College

St Patrick's College of Education

Marino Institute of Education

Froebel College of Education   

Church of Ireland College of Education