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The 17 Global Goals

We are delighted to launch the Changemakers Award 2020. Creative, curriculum-linked lesson plans and audio-visuals will help primary school teachers to explore Global Citizenship with their 1st -6th class students and take action for a sustainable and fair world, from September this year.

Materials will support teachers and children to make the connection between their recent experience of the Covid-19 health crisis and the interconnectedness of the world. It will also support them in taking action to contribute to the UN Global Goals.

All materials will be implementable with the COVID-19 classroom restrictions.

Register your interest below and be the first to receive support materials.

People around the world are currently living through a global health crisis. Future generations face additional major challenges including climate change, poverty and global injustice in the decades to come. This can all be very overwhelming for children.

We have to ensure that children are resilient and active actors in the shaping of their future. It is heartening that this generation of incredibly conscientious and active young people and educators are taking so many actions to bring about a fair and sustainable world.

With the GOAL Changemakers Award we are inviting children to learn about the 17 UN Global Goals. These Goals have been agreed by UN world leaders and have the power to end poverty, fight inequality, stop climate change and protect our oceans, flora and fauna by 2030. The UN\'s call to \'Leave-No-One-Behind\' on the planet is now more relevant than ever. Join us and take part in these fun, interactive lessons where children work creatively as Global Citizens.

Changemaker Participants

Recognising that the situation in schools next year is unpredictable, we would like to make our Changemakers programme as accessible and easy to use as possible.

Different levels of engagement are possible, and you can choose from one of the following ways to participate:

  1. Watch our short Changemakers video (launching over the summer) with your class and do a simple follow on action.


2. Engage in our Changemakers lessons (socially-distant friendly and launching over the summer) and do a simple follow on action.

Every class who takes part will receive a beautiful World Map for their classroom and a certificate of recognition for taking part in the Changemakers journey.


Changemakers 2019 Winners


Our Lady Queen of the Apostles N.S. 3rd Class


Change is in Our Hands!

Our Lady Queen of the Apostles N.S. 3rd class set out on their changemaker journey by studying the words and work of global changemakers to learn about global issues and get inspiration on how to effect change. They identified two major issues in their school community that they wanted to act on: food waste and over- packaging. They decided to campaign for less food waste in their school and lobbied their school food suppliers for reusable utensils and biodegradable wrapping.

Watch their inspiring campaign songs and see their art work here!


St. Patrick\'s Loreto Primary School 3rd Class


Working Together to Make the World Better by 2030

St. Patrick\'s 3rd class decided to focus on raising awareness about two things - responsible consumption and production around Christmas and the Global Goals. To reduce waste around Christmas they piloted sustainable DIY wrapping paper decorated with pictures of the Global Goals. They made Christmas cards and bauble shaped notes with information on the Global Goals to put in Christmas presents ensuring that people would learn about the Global Goals on opening gifts. The class decorated a donation box with the Global Goals to collect toys for a local children\'s charity.

See their project and listen to their song here:

Castleplunkett NS

Castleplunkett N.S.
3rd and 4th class


A Sign Campaign Against Fossil Fuels

The 3rd and 4th classes at Castleplunkett N.S. noticed a local problem that is contributing to global issues - the over reliance of their community on fossil fuels. The classes felt empowered to be part of the solution and developed a public engagement campaign to highlight the negative effects of fossil fuels and to encourage the use of alternative sources of energy. They created colourful, rain-proof and thought-provoking posters and displayed them around the village. After one month the class helped to remove the posters to ensure their campaign did not cause any litter.

Have a look at their picture book here:


All you need to do at this stage is inform us that you are interested in taking part in this year’s award by filling out the form below or emailing us at Our team will then get in contact with you regarding the most up to date e-resource and to brief you further on how best we can support you in your changemakers journey! It is important to note that the GOAL Changemakers Award is open to groups that fall within the 1st – 6th class category.
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Teachers Resources

Award Resources

The updated Award resource for September 2020 is currently under review. All materials will be implementable with the COVID-19 classroom restrictions. Please register your interest to be the first to receive the updated materials by email.

Additional Resources

Additional resources that can help you introduce your class to the Global Goals:

Other Useful Resources

2019 Changemaker Project Ideas


Burrow N.S: 3rd Class
Save Our World

The Burrow N.S. 3rd class students have been very busy changemakers! They have set up a Picker Pals programme to clean their yard of rubbish, set up a Gardening Club where they have grown and ate their own food, campaigned to increase recycling in school and visited to see what was involved in the local campaign to ''Save Baltray Park!''


Donabate Portrane E.T.N.S: 5th class
Education in Cambodia

DPET N.S. are working hard to raise awareness about the education system in Cambodia. They believe that everyone has a right to quality education and unfortunately, education in Cambodia is trailing behind. Therefore, DPET N.S. have partnered with an organisation in Cambodia to engage in skill sharing and exchange with Cambodian teachers. This is done in an effort to educate the local Irish community about Cambodia and to raise awareness about the Global Goals.


Kildare Place School: 4th class
How to Create Sustainable Cities and Communities

The 4th class students in Kildare Place are fascinated by politics. They wanted to learn about democracy and how they can contribute to and provide sustainable communities for everyone. They ran a mock election and went on a trip to the Dáil. The most common issue that came up during their mock election was climate change. The class felt inspired to set up a Green Schools Committee as a result and are now working towards their first Green Flag - Litter and Waste!


St. Mary\'s N.S: 3rd/4th Class
Stop and Wash

The 3rd and 4th class students in St. Mary's N.S. were noticing a lot of absences in school, they surveyed every class and compiled the data into a bar chart to show how many people were absent as a result of colds and tummy bugs. They knew that they were very fortunate to have running water in school and they might reduce the incidence of illness if people washed their hands properly. They designed posters for the bathrooms to demonstrate how to wash your hands properly and took it upon themselves to conduct workshops with younger classes to teach them how to wash their hands properly.


St. Matthew\'s N.S: 6th Class
Shape the Future!

The 6th class pupils wanted to use their creativity to develop new products and/or innovate existing products to promote sustainability and improve the world. They were particularly concerned that everyone, no matter where they live, should have access to clean water. One of their pupils won an award for his innovative design for a drinking cup that would filter impurities out of dirty water. The whole class are now much more conscious of their own water consumption.


St. Molaga\'s S.N.S: 6th Class
The Golden Lunchbox

The 6th class students in St. Molaga's wanted to reduce the amount of plastic packaging that is used in lunches in their school. They came up with the idea of a \'Golden Lunchbox\' award to complement their \'Golden Bottle\', \'Golden Bike\' and \'Golden Boot\' awards. The class created a trophy by spray painting a lunchbox gold and mounting it on a wooden plaque. The trophy is awarded weekly to the class with the most plastic-free lunches.