GOAL’s Global Citizenship Team, in partnership with National Museum of Ireland, has delivered education workshops for over 500 primary school children   - GOAL Global Skip to content

GOAL’s Global Citizenship Team, in partnership with National Museum of Ireland, has delivered education workshops for over 500 primary school children  


June 13, 2024 • 3 min read

Changemakers Workshops explore how global justice issues interlink with children’s daily lives, challenge stereotypes and encourage critical thinking.

GOAL’s Global Citizenship programme, kindly supported by Irish Aid, partners with primary schools across Ireland, helps students and educators understand, and critically reflect on our interconnected world, and how our younger citizens can act in pursuit of a fairer, more equal, and sustainable world for all. In 2023, over 4,600 primary school children took part in GOAL’s Global Citizenship workshops across 14 counties.

Since 27th May, GOAL has partnered with the National Museum of Ireland to deliver Museum Changemakers workshops to 550 primary school children, from different schools across Dublin, Kildare, and Wicklow in the ‘we make our own histories’ exhibition in the museum in Collins Barracks, Benburb St, D7

This contemporary art exhibition is the culmination of a three-year residency that saw artist, Anthony Haughey, engage with more than 500 people across Ireland to create a series of artworks inspired by the Museum’s collections, which explore how we understand and embrace emerging cultural identities.

Speaking about the Changemakers workshop which took place in the National Museum of Ireland yesterday, Darragh Wynne, GOAL’s Global Citizenship Education Manager said,

“At our workshop yesterday with 5th class from Dalkey School Project, we will be exploring how the children can be Changemakers. We discuss the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) before learning about historical Irish changemakers including Roger Casement, Kathleen Clarke, Jim Larkin, and Hannah Sheehy-Skeffington. At GOAL, our work in schools usually focuses on connecting the local to the global. Working with the Museum has helped us to show children how the past, present and future are also connected and draw inspiration from historical changemakers who have had a significant impact at home and overseas”

In support of GOAL’s Changemakers workshops in the National Museum of Ireland, Minister for International Development and Diaspora, Sean Fleming T.D., said,

“Irish Aid is delighted to support GOAL and the National Museum of Ireland in this exciting new project. Raising awareness and understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals, and encouraging the Irish public to act, individually and collectively, to help build a fairer and more sustainable future for all is a key aim of Irish Aid. We hope this project enables primary school students and their teachers to be inspired by Irish Changemakers, creatively explore local and global justice issues, and imagine solutions for a better world for all.”

Niamh Keating, Education and Outreach Officer at the National Museum of Ireland, said,

“The National Museum of Ireland is delighted to work in partnership with GOAL on developing and delivering the Museum Changemakers workshops, inspired by the Museum’s artist in residence Anthony Haughey’s exhibition, ‘we make our own histories’. In these workshops, primary school students learn about prominent Irish historical changemakers and are encouraged to explore the power of objects and Museums to inspire activism and empower the next generation to drive positive change for the future.”


For media enquiries and interviews please contact:

Jane Curtin, Head of Comms, GOAL

E: jcurtin@goal.ie  T: +353 87 938 0779

For more information about GOAL’s Global Citizenship Education programme, please visit: https://www.goalglobal.org/schools/

For more information about GOAL’s Museum Changemakers workshops, please visit: https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Engage-And-Learn/Schools-Educational-Visits/Primary/GOAL-Museum-Changemakers

For more information on the ‘we make our own histories’ exhibition, please visit: https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Exhibitions/we-make-our-own-histories

For more information on Irish Aid, please visit here: https://www.ireland.ie/en/irish-aid/