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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.

Primary school students holding a Millenium Development Goal-related jigsaw puzzle

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!

Current 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 such as fairtrade, human rights, sustainable development. 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 new sustainable development Goals, as well as the work of Irish Aid. 

Workshops are free of charge and last for 90 minutes. Booking is essential; to book contact us or at 01-4082823.

Multimedia workshop ‘Khulungira’ at the Irish Aid Centre

Bring the world to your classroom by taking part in primary school workshops in the Irish Aid Centre at 3 Clonmel Street, off Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.

Pupils from third to sixth class can learn about food and farming in Africa by exploring the life of a girl in a village in Malawi and the challenges for her and her community, through a multimedia exhibition and workshop. Workshops are free of charge and last for 90 minutes. Please note that booking is essential, use our booking form to register your school.

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 commumities 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.

Our World Our Future teaching pack

This teaching pack was published in 2009, for fifth and sixth class Geography contains lesson plans, worksheets, information and colour photos and can help you to explore human rights, the environment, the Millennium Development Goals and the role of aid with your pupils. Please note that some references are out of date, specifically the MDGs, now overtaken by the Sustainable Development Goals, but teachers still find useful materials in this pack.

Download a free copy of the Irish Aid Our World Our Future. (PDF, 4.3mb)

Student teachers

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:

Other useful resources

Find other useful teaching resources on global issues at