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Geology Walk at Portmuck

Saturday 1st July
Port Muck
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Go Wild with the Rangers

Saturday 1st July
Carrick–a–Rede
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Car Bazaar

Saturday 1st July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

Rubbish Art

Saturday 1st July
Murlough NNR
Normal Admission, Members Free

Summer Music Sessions in the Drying Green

Sunday 2nd July
Castle Coole
Normal Admission, Members Free

Lazy Sundays

Sunday 2nd July
The Argory, Moy
Normal Admission, Members Free

Foster Green Hospital, South Belfast – Laurel Clearance

Sunday 2nd July
Foster Green Hospital, South Belfast
Free

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Butterfly Safari

Saturday 8th July
Portstewart Strand
Adult £2, Child £1, Member Adult £2, Child £1

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Pirates Picnic

Wednesday 12th July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

Teddy Bears Picnic

Wednesday 12th July
Mount Stewart
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Go Wild with the Rangers

Friday 14th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Geology Walk at Bloody Bridge

Saturday 15th July
Bloody Bridge
No Charge, Donations Welcome

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Bug Detectives

Wednesday 19th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

We Want to Hear From You

Thursday 20th July
Castle Archdale
Free

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A Stroll in the Summer Garden

Saturday 22nd July
Mount Stewart
Adult £10, Child £5

Pop up Camping

Saturday 22nd July
Florence Court
Two person tent £30

Summer Music Series

Sunday 23rd July
Castle Ward
Normal Admission, Members Free

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Wildlife Trackers

Wednesday 26th July
Mount Stewart
£7.50 per participant

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Woodland Craft Skills Day

Friday 28th July
Cushendun
No Charge, Donations Welcome

Have a go at: Bushcraft Fire

Saturday 29th July
Strangford Lough
Adult Free, Child £3

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Our World Irish Aid Awards 2017 20 January 2017

Our World Irish Aid Awards

Minister McHugh launches 2017 Our World Irish Aid Awards for primary schools

Awards seek to help children in Ireland understand global development issues and Ireland’s role in fighting poverty worldwide

The Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Joe McHugh, TD, joined pupils at Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, this week to launch the 2017 Our World Irish Aid Awards.

The Awards invite pupils across the island of Ireland to create projects about the challenges facing children in developing countries and the role played by Ireland, through Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development, in the global effort to fight poverty. Schools are provided with online and print curriculum linked teaching and learning materials, and pupils communicate their ideas and understanding of the issues in writing, song, film, artwork or any medium they choose.

The ‘For People and Planet’ theme of the 2017 Awards helps pupils to understand the interdependence between people and the natural world, and how the wellbeing of people, wildlife and the environment is interconnected. Pupils will learn about the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development, agreed by 193 countries including Ireland, to address the root causes of poverty and protect the planet, and how they as global citizens can play their part.

Speaking at the launch, Minister McHugh said:

“The Our World Irish Aid Awards give pupils from across the island of Ireland a great opportunity to gain insight into the lives of children in developing countries, and convey their understanding through projects which are both creative and educational.

“Pupils will learn about the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which are aimed at eradicating poverty, addressing environmental degradation and climate change, and building a more peaceful, fair and sustainable world by the year 2030. It is so important that young people learn about these Goals which are vital for the creation of a better world and a better future for all.

“I encourage schools to get involved in the 2017 Irish Aid Our World Awards and look forward to seeing their projects later this year.”

The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, TD, has stated that:

“The Our World Irish Aid Awards is an exciting educational initiative which brings current global issues into the primary classroom, in a child friendly way. Taking part can support teachers’ delivery of the curriculum across a range of subject areas, and allows pupils to communicate their own knowledge and ideas in many creative and innovative ways.”

All entries are assessed on their creativity, understanding of the theme and their impact. Sixty projects that illustrate strengths across these three areas will receive an ‘Our World Irish Aid Award’ plaque at regional awards ceremonies in May, and 12 top entries will win a place at the final awards ceremony in June, where the overall winner will be presented with an ‘Our World Irish Aid Awards’ trophy. There will be additional special awards for Teacher of the Year and Best Newcomer School.

Over 1,000 primary schools throughout Ireland participated in the Our World Irish Aid Awards in 2016. Registration for the programme is now open and the deadline for entries is Friday, 24 March 2017.

For more information on how to take part in the Our World Irish Aid Awards 2017 and the Global Goals for Sustainable Development please visit http://ourworldirishaidawards.ie/

 

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