Sightsavers Ireland has launched a new schools engagement programme with even more to offer your school. We can now arrange school visits to run our workshop, which aims to engage students about disability inclusion, the Sustainable Development Goals and our work in low and middle income countries.
If you’d like to organise a workshop visit for your school or class or receive copies of our workbook, please contact [email protected]. Resources are also available in braille on request.
We also offer a selection of downloadable lesson plans aimed at children in different age groups. You can download copies of these below.
Following the press briefing on 12 March, which detailed Ireland’s containment phase, we are disappointed to announce that our Junior Painter of the Year awards are cancelled until further notice.
Following government advice that there should be no mass gatherings and the closure of schools and higher education institutions until 30 March, we will endeavour to reschedule the awards at a later date. This is obviously disappointing for everyone involved in the competition, however, we are sure that you understand the necessity to cancel the event as we await further advice.
Thank you for your understanding and patience. Any questions regarding this please do not hesitate to contact Jeni Flynn on [email protected] or phone at +353 127 00028.
Entry packs are posted to schools in the first two weeks of September, and include full details of rules, how to enter, where to send your paintings, prize details and tips from our judges. We encourage teachers to use our curriculum-linked lesson plan to provide an age-appropriate, deeper understanding of the theme.
The 12 regional winners from across Ireland will then be chosen by our judges: Arts and Disability Ireland director Padraig Naughton, singer and composer Emilie Conway, and art collector Dave O’Shea, owner of the Chimera Gallery in Co. Westmeath. The awards ceremony will take place in the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare, in the spring.
Good luck and happy painting!