Scoil Niocláis Naofa, Dunlavin, started their work on Global Citizenship in May 2019. When starting the theme, the committee decided to focus on Ethical Consumption and Production, Global Citizenship, Sustainable Development, Interdependence, Trade and Fair Trade, Climate Change and Social Justice and Inequality.
Class work and projects were photographed, monitored, and shared around the school, as well as during meetings class representatives were encouraged to share about the work going on in their own classes. During their Action Day children participated in food tasting, games, art lessons and dances from around the world.
The older children watched videos about Global Goals, climate change and the World’s Largest Lesson. While younger classes read stories from around the world. All classes contributed to an international display in the hall and viewed it in a gallery walk that day.
In addition, children took part in a ‘landmarks of the world’ art competition, using recycled materials and worked in groups to add to a ‘Ways to improve our world’ jigsaw. The day did not end there either, a whole school clean-up was initiated, lessons on how to say hello in different languages took place, a chalk mural by the whole school was commissioned, and graphs were made to convey favourite international dishes. The day ended with a flag display of all countries represented in the school, and an opportunity to learn about those countries.
After years of hard work by the entire school it was no surprise that surveys showed an increase knowledge on all topics increase from poor to excellent!