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Post Primary

Irish Aid provides quality Global Citizenship Education at Post Primary level through a range of programmes and supports. These programmes are suitable for students in all year groups.  The Irish Aid Centre provides free workshops for students both online and in person. Two of our strategic partners work with educators and students in the post primary sector. WorldWise Global Schools and Ubuntu support students, teachers and school leaders to provide Global Citizenship Education in the classroom. 

World Wise Global Schools

Irish Aid Logo WorldWise Global Schools

The WorldWise Global Schools programme is Irish Aid's Global Citizenship Education programme for post-primary schools. Teachers and students are supported in integrating a global justice dimension in their teaching and learning through curricular and extracurricular activities. The programme provides a comprehensive range of supports and interventions for schools which includes grant funding, training, events, resources and personalised support from the dedicated WorldWise team.

World Wise Global Schools school leadership symposium November 2022                        World Wise Global Schools school leadership symposium November 2022

Visit the World Wise Global Schools website to find out more.

Ubuntu

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The Ubuntu Network supports the integration of Global Citizenship Education into post-primary initial teacher education in Ireland. It is made up of faculty and management from higher education institutions, school placement tutors and co-operating teachers, educators from NGOs, and organisations and individuals that work to support GCE. Its members work together to place GCE at the heart of education. Ubuntu members have created elective courses in GCE in their higher education institutions, provided workshops and facilitated guest speakers. Its members have also authored chapters for an upcoming book, funded by Irish Aid, on climate change education.

Members of the Ubuntu Network Members of the Ubuntu Network at the Strategic Plan launch in June 2022                                       

School workshops

School workshops are provided in the Irish Aid Centre, 3 Clonmel Street, off Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. In these interactive workshops our experienced facilitators explore global issues such as food and hunger, sustainable development, the SDGs and the role of aid.

Kill O’ The Grange N.S. Deansgrange, Blackrock, Co. Dublin playing the Sustainable Development Goals game in the Irish Aid Centre.‌

The workshops last for 90 minutes and are suitable for Junior Cycle, Transition Year and Senior Cycle students. Teachers are provided with pre-visit and follow on resources.

Online Workshops

Delivered by our Irish Aid Centre Facilitators, our live, interactive workshops will teach students about the work of Irish Aid in general and about our programme in Zambia in particular. Our workshops are suitable for all year groups, especially students in Transition Year, CSPE, Junior Cycle Geography, Leaving Certificate Economics, Politics & Society and Leaving Certificate Geography (Optional Unit 6: Global interdependence). Contact the irishaidcentre@dfa.ie for further information or to make a booking.

Pre-recorded versions of Irish Aid Centre workshops, are also available to download.

This 4-minute animation provides a brief snapshot of Irish Aid's work in 130 countries all over the world. Irish Aid is helping to create a better world by focusing on four key priority areas: reducing humanitarian need, gender equality, climate action and strengthening governance.

Additional resources on the Irish Aid programme

Ireland and Zambia – Making a Difference Together

Learn about how Ireland is working with partners in Zambia to make a difference in people’s lives. What do you know about Zambia? Watch this short video (8 mins) where Michael tells you about his homeland.

Now that you have had an introduction to Zambia, watch this video (8.49 mins) in which you will learn about how Ireland is working with partners in Zambia to make a difference in people’s lives. Watch the video, talk together about the programme and do the worksheets together. Use the follow-up exercises (links below) to reinforce the information learned. This lesson is suitable for Transition Year and for Junior Cycle CSPE and geography.

Download or view transition year, CSPE and Junior Cycle Geography lesson plans here:

  1. Ireland Zambia Transition Year Lesson Plan
  2. Ireland Zambia CSPE Lesson Plan
  3. Ireland Zambia Junior Geography Lesson Plan

Download or view work sheets here: Worksheet 1Worksheet 2Worksheet 3

Science for Development Award

Irish Aid, in partnership with Self Help Africa, sponsors the 'Science for Development' Award at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. The award was established to encourage teachers and students to develop ideas, using appropriate scientific technology, that may address challenges and prove useful at local community level in the Global South. The winners of the award receive a perpetual trophy and a €7,000 bursary for the students and their teacher to travel on a fact-finding/field testing visit to a country in Africa, in association with Self Help Africa. Past winners have travelled to Malawi, Kenya and Uganda.

Winners of Irish Aid’s BT Young Scientist award field test their project in rural Malawi.

Winners of the Science for Development Award 2023 Will Carkner (left), and Vedh Kannan (right) from Sutton Park School, Dublin pictured with Minister Sean Fleming (center) at the Science for Development showcase 2023. Winners of the Science for Development Award 2023 Will Carkner (left), and Vedh Kannan (right) from Sutton Park School, Dublin pictured with Minister Sean Fleming (center) at the Science for Development showcase 2023. 

Read about previous winners of the Science for Development Award here.

For information on the Science for Development Award visit Self Help Africa or the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition website.