Design for Change collaboration

St Columbas - Honesty project

North Mon - Boot Swap

Ballinagree NS - Village footpaths

2023 BFGTOEU/Design for Change Awards

As part of BFGTOEU, you can also register for a Design for Change project to put into effect active citizenship. It is aimed at getting children to think about local issues or barriers that they would like changed. On foot of identifying local issues, children design socially conscious projects which are helpful at the local level while also connecting with  the European level. The collaboration between BFGTOEU and Design For Change empowers children to see what active citizenship means in practice, at their local level but also how it resonates at the European level. 

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In 2022/2023, we had three schools, all in county Cork, who cleverly combined their socially active project with their engagement with European Union issues:

- 4th, 5th and 6th class in Ballinagree NS - Campaign for Village Footpaths

- 5th class from North Monastery - Boot Swap

- 5th class from St Columbas GNS - The Honesty project

On 19 June 2023, we will have a celebration of those incredible projects in UCC. The students will come and present their work. They will have the opportunity to engage with a panel of various stakeholders with whom they will interact regarding feasibility, sustainability, cost, accountability, etc. 

We are delighted to be joined for this ceremony by MEP Grace O'Sullivan, Cllr Kieran McCarthy, Fiona Gomez YSI, and Dr Philip Murphy who will ask and answer questions to and from the children. 


MEP Grace O'Sullivan and Cllr Kieran McCarthy


We have a great village play park but we can't get there without the car because the road has no footpaths.

Aine, 6th class, Ballinagree NS

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We will help the planet by recycling and reusing the boots

Zachery, 5th class, North Mon

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