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Here you’ll find everything you need to know to support Sightsavers from the classroom, including information on Junior Painter and resources for lesson planning.

Junior Painter

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To get involved in Junior Painter, or if you have any questions, email us on [email protected] or call 01 663 7666.

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Open to primary school children across Ireland, Sightsavers’ Junior Painter Awards aim to inspire children to express their artistic talent and develop an appreciation of the importance and value of sight. The contest provides a great opportunity to learn about people living with blindness and sight problems in developing countries.

Each year, Sightsavers asks children to create a painting that enables them to both explore the sense of sight and to consider the world around them.

We want as many children as possible, from junior infants through to 6th class, to take part in the competition, and our theme is designed to include people of every capacity. We encourage teachers to use our curriculum-linked lesson plan to provide an age-appropriate, deeper understanding of the work represented by the theme.

In developing countries, 90 per cent of children who are blind do not attend school. At Sightsavers, we believe that everyone should have the right to learn, earn and be happy. We are framing the future as an inclusive world, where children living with disabilities get to go to school, no matter where they live.

In 2017, our returning judge Padraig Naughton, Director of Arts and Disability Ireland, was joined by Emmy award-winning costume designer Joan Bergin, and Laureate na nÓg PJ Lynch. We are grateful to our judges for giving their time to choose our 15 regional and three national winners.

Entry packs are posted to schools in the first two weeks of September, and include an attractive gatefold poster with full details of rules, how to enter, where to send your paintings, prize details and tips from our judges.

The Junior Painter Awards could not happen without our competition sponsors. We say a big thank you to The Irish Times, which awards cash prizes to schools of the national winners, and to ReCreate Ireland for their inspiring and valuable ‘creative toolkits’, memberships and workshops.

Good luck and happy painting!

Your lesson plan

We’ve put together everything you need to plan your lesson. Download the plan and photo pack resource to use in the classroom. There are more stories if you need them.

Don’t forget, you can also project the map of where we work onto your whiteboard.

Secondary-level lesson plans: Seeing our world

Use this activity-packed lesson plan for your second-level classes.

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Primary-level lesson plans: Open your eyes

Use this activity-packed lesson plan for primary-level classes. Leagan Gaeilge.

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Muslima struggles to read a book.

Download the photo pack for Open your eyes

You’ll need this photo pack of the Jesse resource for the lesson plan above. Leagan Gaeilge.

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Kachiemeri school children in class.

More stories

Take a look in our gallery for more sight-saving stories to use in your lessons.

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