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

Lesline, who uses a wheelchair, with her classmates at her inclusive school in Cameroon.

Workshops and lesson plans

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.

Lesson plans to download

Zambo makes a V for Victory sign with his fingers at school in Cameroon.

Sightsavers workbook for schools

Put Us in the Picture: Our workbook features learning activities based on disability inclusion.
Download the workbook and our colouring in poster. Finished the workbook? Test your knowledge here

Secondary-level lesson plans

Seeing Our World: This CSPE and transition-year learning resource explores blindness and human rights around the globe, featuring learning exercises and practical projects.
Download in English

Primary-level lesson plans

Open Your Eyes: A resource for early years and primary students, including interactive exercises and activities.
Download in English
Leagan Gaeilge
Download photo pack for this lesson plan
Pacáiste grianghraf: leagan Gaeilge

Dr Paul Nyaluke.

More stories about our work

Our gallery features plenty more sight-saving stories to use in your lessons, including case studies from our beneficiaries, our staff and our local volunteers in the countries where we work. Each story illustrates how our work is helping to restore sight and change lives.
Browse our stories

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Junior Painter Awards

Junior Painter of the Year Awards event cancelled

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.

Sightsavers’ annual Junior Painter Awards are open to primary school children across Ireland, encouraging them to consider and promote equality for people with disabilities in developing countries through art.

Prizes are awarded to the schools of the national winners, and students can win memberships to workshops and creative toolboxes from ReCreate Ireland. The competition is funded by Irish Aid.

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.

This year, we’re asking students to use the Sustainable Development Goals as inspiration for their art. The closing date for entries is January 31 2020. Download an entry form here.

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!

How to enter

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

Download an entry form
Recreate Ireland logo.

See the most recent Junior Painter award winners

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