Development Education

Our development education programmes aim to increase awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. 

Poetry Ireland works with a number of partners to deliver development education programmes in primary and post-primary schools, helping students explore global issues through a variety of creative writing projects.   

Irish Aid's WorldWise Global Schools Programme 2019/20

This year students in 16 post-primary schools throughout Ireland explored global issues in a special development education project co-ordinated by Poetry Ireland Writers in Schools and funded by Irish Aid’s WorldWise Global Schools.

The programme funded writers to work with schools over a six-week residency, during which time they delivered weekly creative writing workshops. The students were given a chance to engage imaginatively with the issues, and work creatively in a range of genres, including poetry, prose, art, film, song and improvisation. Our hope is that the participants will benefit from an increased knowledge and understanding of global justice issues, becoming engaged and active global citizens.

The writers involved in this year’s Irish Aid's WorldWise Global Schools Programme were Seamus Cashman, Oisín McGann, Martina Murphy, Pete Mullineaux, Kevin McDermott, Tina Pisco, Nell Regan, John W. Sexton and Debbie Thomas. Workshops took place in Carlow, Clare, Cork, Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Longford, Monaghan, Tipperary.


Poetry Ireland and Irish Aid WorldWise Global Schools Creative Writing Lesson Plans

Download development education creative writing lesson plans for post-primary schools. The plans explore global issues and are by Writers in Schools facilitators Nessa O'MahonyOisín McGann, Paula Leyden, Peter Salisbury, Pete MullineauxDebbie Thomas and Seamus Cashman

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Ár mBaile Coiteann


Poetry Ireland, Creative Engagement and WorldWise Global Schools funded the ‘Ár mBaile Coiteann’ project in Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne in Dingle. The project aimed to highlight the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by engaging students in a project through the medium of poetry and etching. Over the course of two months, twenty-seven students worked with poet Bríd Ní Mhoráin and Printmaker Niall Naessens to create poems and etchings. This short film documents the process.


Trócaire and Poetry Ireland Poetry Competition

Open to established poets, emerging poets and primary and post primary students, this competition is held annually in March, to coincide with Trócaire’s Lenten campaign. 

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