In advance of Walk to School Week 2019 and to celebrate the launch of the new Global Citizenship Travel theme, Green-Schools Travel, together with the Irish Film Institute, are hosting screenings of the beautifully observed documentary, On the Way to School. The film illustrates the lives of four young people in very different parts of the world making their daily journey to school. Across mountains, idyllic landscapes and rough terrains, the children make their way, filled with determination and united in a belief that school is a place worth making an effort to reach.

To launch the series of screenings, which will be showing in three counties across Ireland, Green-Schools Travel hosted a special event in Dublin’s Irish Film Institute on Wednesday April 16. Classes from Global Citizenship Travel Schools, St. Clare’s Primary School and Gaelscoil Lios Na nÓg, and Travel school, Central Model Senior School in Dublin City participated in a global travel activity, which quizzed their knowledge of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable travel.

After the screening, the audience participated in a Q&A to discuss the stark differences observed of the journeys made by the subjects in the film compared to typical journeys made by school children in Ireland.

Public screenings of the documentary will run in May during Walk to School Week 2019 in Dublin, Galway and Cork.


Green-Schools Travel Officer Tiarnan Mc Cusker and Caitriona Cunningham, together with Film Fleadh Galway, will join Merlin Woods Primary School for a public screening on May 17th in the Town Hall Theatre, Galway. Tickets are available for this FREE screening, but booking is essential. Visit the Junior Film Fleadh website to find out more.


On May 14, Morning Star National School, together with Cork Film Festival, will join Green-Schools for a screening in The Gate Cinema, Cork City. Tickets are available for this screening at €5.50 per pupil, teachers go free! Booking in advance is essential.


On May 14 the IFI Dublin will have a public screening of the documentary as part of its Schools programme. More information is available on their website. 

National Walk to School Week 2019 is from May 13 to 17/ National WOW Day is on Wednesday May 15