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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 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’.

Start the adventure today at www.putusinthepicture.ie

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

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

Want to find out more about helping as a school?

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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. The competition is funded by Irish Aid.

Entry packs will 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 for 2021 will use the theme “Together, Apart” and we are asking students to use the Sustainable Development Goals as inspiration for their art. The closing date for entries will be in April 2021.

The winners from across Ireland will then be chosen by our judges: Arts and Disability Ireland director Padraig Naughton, and singer and composer Emilie Conway. Government guidelines allowing, the awards ceremony will take place in the Riverbank Arts Centre in Newbridge, Co Kildare, in early summer.

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
Irish Aid Logo.
Recreate Ireland logo.

See the most recent Junior Painter award winners

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