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Minister launches the Our World Irish Aid Awards at the Children’s Ark in Limerick

Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power TD, today launched the Our World Irish Aid Awards for primary school children in Limerick.

The awards scheme encourages children to create multimedia projects which explore the challenges facing communities in the developing world. They are designed to promote awareness and understanding of global development issues and Irish Aid’s work in developing countries.

Launching the awards at The Children’s Ark in the Midwest Regional Hospital, Limerick, where he was joined by pupils from The Children’s Ark and Limerick Educate Together National School, Minister Power said:

“These awards encourage pupils to use their imagination and creativity, while learning about important global development issues such as hunger and childhood disease.

“More than 15,000 children from 600 primary schools participated in last year’s awards and their projects included art, drama, essays, poetry, film and music. By taking part, pupils can learn more about children less fortunate than themselves and how Ireland works with developing countries in a spirit of partnership.

“Next Monday, with Minister Micheál Martin, I will be attending the Millennium Development Goal summit at the United Nations in New York, where the international community will review our progress towards tackling hunger and poverty in the developing world.

“This is a key milestone in the global effort to make the world a more equal place for all. The Our World Awards are focused on the Millennium Development Goals and encourage children to learn more about the lives of their peers in the developing world, the challenges they face and the potential solutions. I would encourage teachers and pupils across Ireland to take part. ”

The Awards are open to pupils in 3rd to 6th classes within the Republic of Ireland, and years 4 through 7 in Northern Ireland.

The closing date for receipt of entries is 3 December, 2010, and a shortlist of schools will be announced in January 2011. An exciting awards ceremony will take place in Dublin in February. One outstanding entry will receive the ‘Our World Irish Aid Award’, with 10 to 15 entries receiving the ‘Our World Irish Aid Award - Highly Commended’ trophies.

Schools should log on to https://www.irishaid.ie/teaching-and-learning/our-world-irish-aid-awards/ for details, information packs and registration forms for the Our World Irish Aid Awards. Alternatively, please contact Real Events on 01 522 4834/ ourworld@realevents.ie

The Irish Examiner is the media partner for the Our World Irish Aid Awards. A special Our World Awards supplement will appear in The Irish Examiner on November 10, 2010.

For further information or to request an interview with Minister Power, please contact Fionnuala Quinlan, Press Officer, Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs.
Photos of the launch will be circulated by Picsure today

Note to the editors

Irish Aid is the Government’s programme for overseas development. It is an integral part of the Department of Foreign Affairs.

At the core of the Our World Irish Aid Awards are the eight Millennium Development Goals, which were agreed in September 2000 by the United Nations. The theme of this year’s Awards is “A Better Future for All the World’s Children”, and young people will be invited to create projects based on any or all of the eight Goals, which are to:

  • Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  • Achieve universal primary education
  • Promote gender equality and empower women
  • Reduce child mortality
  • Improve maternal health
  • Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Ensure environmental sustainability
  • Develop a global partnership for development