The pupils of the 5th and 6th classes in the girls national school, under the guidance of the Green Schools Co-ordinator Úna Meehan, were narrowly beaten (by half a point!) into second place in the Water Explorers Program. The Water Explorer Program is a fun interactive educational resource program, aimed at National School children to learn about water issues and to act on them. http://www.globalactionplan.ie/education/water-explorer/
RaptorLIFE played an important role in this achievement, inspiring the children during the LIFE project's visit to the school, telling them all about life in the river and giving the pupils a nature detective project to complete. This helped them achieve their program actions. http://www.waterexplorer.ie/mission-control/convent-pr?only_ours=true&article=18190
The runners-up were entered into WAF (Water Air Food) Awards, for their Youth Award. They did themselves proud and won this Global award. http://wafaward.org/beijing-2016/ http://wafaward.org/youth-award/
The Award will be presented in Beijing, the school has produced a video to show at the ceremony. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YG3LZSWock
LIFE in conjunction with Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Duhallow Angling Centre of Excellence, will bring the girls down to the river in spring to further educate them on life in the river and to cast a rod. Creating awareness amongst school children is part of RaptorLIFE's educational action. This success story highlights the impact creating awareness and education can play. Well done girls!