St Kevin’s Girls School are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.St Kevin’s Girls School are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.St Kevin’s Girls School are the runners up in the Dublin Concern Primary Debates Final Photo: Claire Marshall/ Concern Worldwide.

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.

This year the primary debates are going online!

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.

Primary Debates 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.

We encourage teachers to complete a Hunger Heroes action project or fundraiser with their class in order to deepen awareness and understanding and to become Hunger Heroes!

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

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Interested in becoming a Hunger Hero? 

School workshops and talks

We offer free development education workshops and talks for 4th to 6th class in primary schools on a range of challenges facing the communities which Concern work in around the world. The themes that we cover include hunger, water, gender equality, refugees and climate change. In an hour long workshops, students will consider why these problems exist in the world today, how they impact on people’s lives and reflect on how they can take action on this issue.

This year, all of our workshops are moving online! We will work with individual schools and the context that you are working in to provide workshops on a platform of your choice and in a way that works best for your students.

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.
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 a Concern workshop or talk?

Agents of Change

Agents of Change is our annual end-of-year student event which celebrates primary and secondary students taking local action on global issues! In the past, these have included awareness campaigns about conflicts in the world, practical action on food waste in schools and communities, fundraising actions and speaking out about injustices. This event gives students the opportunity to showcase their projects and meet like-minded peers from around the country.

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?

Teacher training: Project Us

Project Us is Concern’s movement for change in Ireland. It is a space (online and off) for communities to gather together to discuss the global and local issues that matter most to us.

For teachers, we are organising World Café’s online to explore how issues at the local level connect to the Sustainable Development Goals. These are beneficial to teachers of any subject and of any age group to reflect on issues which may come up in Global Citizenship Education, how to tackle inequalities both locally and globally, as well as a chance to boost your knowledge and understanding of issues such as hunger, gender equality and climate change.

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.

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