Help as a school

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 is currently unable to offer in-person workshops, but we have developed an exciting virtual workshop that can be completed in class or as homework.

The Put Us in the Picture schools website aims to engage children aged seven to 13 on issues of development, disability inclusion and the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as exploring how Irish people own and participate in Ireland’s international development programme through Irish Aid.

Students watch animated movies and play interactive games, and are rewarded with badges to mark their achievements. Upon completion, each student receives a downloadable certificate naming them a ‘Disability Inclusion Champion’.

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We also offer a selection of downloadable lesson plans aimed at children in different age groups. You can download copies of these below.

An illustration from the Put Us in the Picture website, featuring a woman with blonde hair wearing glasses next t a colourful wheel of fortune.
The website features colourful illustrations.
Irish Aid Logo.

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

Teacher at the front of a classroom teaching sign language to children seated at desks

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

10-year-old Zill from Pakistan smiles in his classroom while wearing his new glasses.

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

A man with a bandage over his right eye smiles for a photo with his young grandson.

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

Visit our Put Us in the Picture schools website

Junior Painter Awards

Sightsavers’ annual Junior Painter Awards is 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.

Entry packs 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 competition theme for 2022 is ‘Include me as I am’: we’ve asked students to use the Sustainable Development Goals as inspiration for their art.

Entries for 2022 have now closed: winners from across Ireland are now being chosen by our judges.

Aid Match logo Sightsavers’ Junior Painter competition is funded by Irish Aid.
Read more about our work with Irish Aid

How to enter

Entries for the 2022 competition have now closed.

To find out more or learn how to enter next year’s competition, call 01 663 7666 or email us on [email protected].

Want to find out more about helping as a school?

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