RETIRED Munster legend Marcus Horan told an expectant audience “knowledge is power and education gives people a voice”.
The Clonlara prop was speaking at the regional final of the ‘Our World’ Irish Aid Awards in the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College last week.
In keeping with Irish Aid’s remit, the theme for the awards tied in with the United Nations’ 2nd Millennium Development Goal, Education for all the World’s Children.
Over six hundred schools across Ireland registered for the awards this year, with 15 selected from Limerick, Tipperary, Galway, Offaly, Laois, Clare to attend the event in the Lime Tree, at which students from schools had to exhibit projects that fitted in with the theme.
Four schools from Limerick - Scoil Chaitriona, Cappamore, Crecora National School, Monagea National School and Nicker National School - were selected to represent their region at the event.
Munster and Ireland hero Horan told the crowd: “This is a great initiative for young people to be involved with.”
“It it important that children realise at a young age that knowledge is power and education gives people a voice.
“It is in our nature as Irish people to help others and it is important that this is learnt at a young age. To see the efforts put in by these young Irish people is great and shows they are already trying to make the world a better place,” he added.
The initiative aimed to educate primary school children about the lives of children in the developing world and use their knowledge to create projects in a variety of media - art, drama and essays to music, film and poetry.
“The projects were very creative and diverse and reflected the overall theme incredibly well,” said a spokesperson for the awards.
All of the schools selected for the regional final were awarded a plaque for their efforts.
Three schools from the region - Crecora, Scoil Chaitriona, Cappamore and St Senan’s National School in Kilrush - were selected to go forward to the national final, which will take place in Croke Park in Dublin on June 18.