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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 helps teachers and pupils from 3rd-6th class to bring the world into the classroom!

The Our World Awards seek to enable pupils to learn about the lives of children and their families in developing countries and how Ireland, through Irish Aid, and 192 other countries in the United Nations are working together to create a safer and fairer world, and a better future for all.

This year, the Awards programme is taking a new and exciting direction! We know that teachers and pupils are faced with unique circumstances this year, and so it is our goal to make participation and engagement with the Awards as simple and rewarding as possible. Schools can submit the work they have done on the awards theme, the Global Goals or Irish Aid for publication in the Global Goal Getters online magazine by kids, for kids.

For more information or to access lesson plans visit or contact: Our World Irish Aid Awards Real Nation 24 Arran Quay Dublin 7, D07 W620

Tel: 01 522 4834 | Fax: 01 522 4809

Email: | Facebook: @ourworldirishaidawards

Primary-school workshops at the Irish Aid Centre

Activities, games and music to explore the links between our lives and the lives of people in other parts of the world.

Pupils engage with stories from around the world and learn how Ireland is supporting communities across the world and taking action on the Global Goals to improve the lives of all people, everywhere, now and in the future.

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, stories 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

The DICE (Development and Intercultural Education) Project operates in four Initial Teacher Education colleges- St. Patricks College, Froebel College, Mary Immaculate College and Marino Institution of Education. The project aims to enable trainee primary school teachers to have an understanding of development education and intercultural education so that they are equipped to teach these topics effectively in their classrooms and throughout their careers.

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