Primary education programmes

Primary education programmes

Looking for fun and interesting development education activities for your class?

We offer four innovative and engaging programmes for both teachers and students along with personalised school visits for your class. Each programme has been carefully designed to inform students of global issues happening in the world today whilst linking to the current primary school curriculum. They are perfect projects to undertake throughout the school year and are a great way for students to naturally develop their skills and talents through fun and interactive activities.

Primary Debates

Want to introduce your students to some of the most important issues facing the world today? Help them acquire the skills needed to formulate an argument, deliver a speech, stand up for their point of view and challenge an opponent’s opinion? Look no further than the Concern Primary Debates!

Schools can enter a team of six students – with three students speaking and the other three acting as subs and researchers. All the motions will be based on development education topics such as climate change, hunger and even issues here in Ireland. We can help support teams with tips on how to research and debate with tailored school workshops.

Engaging young people with social justice issues is empowering for the teacher and the learner and brings a real sense of energy to the classroom and to the school environment.

Sorcha Mellon - Primary School Teacher
St Xaviers SNS (right) debates winners and St Kevin’s Girls School (left) are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.
St Xaviers SNS (right) debates winners and St Kevin’s Girls School (left) are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall / Concern Worldwide.
Concern primary Debates winners St Francis Xavier SNS debate while runners up St Kevins Girls School prepare. Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.
Concern primary Debates winners St Francis Xavier SNS debate while runners up St Kevins Girls School prepare. Photo: Claire Marshall / Concern Worldwide.

Interested in the Concern Primary Debates?

Hunger Heroes

The Hunger Heroes programme consists of a series of lesson plans, case studies and classroom activities that have been uniquely tailored for senior primary school students (3rd to 6th class pupils) around the theme of Hunger.

The activities have been designed so that multi-class teachers and teachers of junior primary students will also be able to find activities suitable for their class. There will be a cross-curricular approach in the pack with activity suggestions covering everything from literacy and numeracy to drama and art. Use our Teacher’s Packs to learn more about Hunger, Nutrition, and Development and then take action by organising your very own Hunger Hero fundraiser!

Hunger Heroes was a fantastic way to engage my students in the complex links between food waste and climate change through fun lesson plans and activities!

Primary School teacher
Nathan, David, Craig, Stephen and Jacob from Scoil na Mainistreach in Co. Kildare stepped up to become hunger heroes for Concern. Photo: Jason Clarke / Concern Worldwide.
Nathan, David, Craig, Stephen and Jacob from Scoil na Mainistreach in Co. Kildare became hunger heroes. Photo: Jason Clarke / Concern Worldwide.
Primary school students and hunger heroes. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Primary school students and hunger heroes. Photo: Concern Worldwide.

Interested in becoming a Hunger Hero? 

Solar Buddies

Solar buddies is a project-based competition where students learn about life without regular access to electricity, as well as how solar power is changing the lives of rural communities across the world.

Participating schools will receive an educational workshop and two handheld solar-powered lights to experiment with and to learn about life with limited electricity. Students will then reflect on their experiences through a creative piece of work (i.e. poem, song, painting, etc.) and submit it to Concern for review. The winning team will then get the chance to exchange letters with one of our partner schools halfway around the world!  

The whole experience was positive, the children were actively learning and their sense of social justice improved significantly!

Annmarie O’Gara - Teacher at St Colmcilles Community School
Students from St Colmcilles Senior School taking part in Solar Buddies. Photo: Claire Marshall / Concern Worldwide.
Students from St Colmcilles Senior School taking part in Solar Buddies. Photo: Claire Marshall / Concern Worldwide.
Students from St Colmcilles Senior School taking part in the Solar Buddies programme. Photo: Claire Marshall / Concern Worldwide.
Students from St Colmcilles Senior School taking part in the Solar Buddies programme. Photo: Claire Marshall / Concern Worldwide.

Interested in taking part in Solar Buddies?

Agents of Change

Our Agents of Change event is a fantastic opportunity for primary and secondary students to speak about or present their journey into activism while meeting like-minded students. Young activists attending Agents of Change will also have the opportunity to meet with Concern staff and discuss their action projects. In 2019, our Agents of Change event took place in Croke Park on Friday 29 March.

I really enjoyed the day and was lovely to meet so many people my age that feel as I do on global issues…that and TY academy were one of the highlights of this school year!

Student from St Louis High School, Rathmines
Maryfield College students at Agents of Change. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Maryfield College students at Agents of Change. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Students taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.
Students taking part in Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber/ Concern Worldwide.

Interested in taking part in Agents of Change?

School workshops and talks

Looking for a talk or workshop in your school? Concern’s dedicated school officers are happy to visit and facilitate an interactive talk or workshop on a range of global issues.

The pupils were totally engaged and the class teacher got brilliant feedback and ideas for future debating exercises. Thank you also for the useful resources which you left with us!

Carol Ní Chuimín - Principal of Scoil Eoin, Innishannon
Pupils from secondary schools across Ireland, take part in a gender equality workshop in Dublin. Photo Concern Worldwide.
Secondary schools taking part in a gender equality workshop in Dublin. Photo: Concern Worldwide.
Pupils from secondary schools across Ireland, take part in a gender equality workshop in Dublin. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.
Pupils from secondary schools across Ireland take part in a gender equality workshop in Dublin. Photo: Gavin Douglas / Concern Worldwide.

Interested in a Concern workshop or talk?

Teacher training

Concern offers teacher training sessions at both I.T.E. and C.P.D. levels. Our trained Development Education experts can train staff departments or provide a whole school introduction to development education.

I really appreciate all the help and guidance and am just blown away by your level of commitment and passion for what you do.

Elaine - Teacher at Old Bawn Community School
Jessica Maguire, Project Us Coordinator runs and Project Us world café focusing on Climate Action. Pictured at Concern’s annual Agents of Change event in Croke Park. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
Jessica Maguire, Project Us Coordinator runs a Project Us world café focusing on Climate Action. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
Concern Debates Leaflet and wristband. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.
Concern Debates Leaflet and wristband. Photo: Ruth Medjber / Concern Worldwide.

Interested in receiving Teacher training?

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