youth for decent work awards 2014
The inaugural Youth for Decent Work Awards run by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions' Youth Connect Programme wound up last Thursday 27th March, and went out with a loud bang, (or more accurately to the screaming and cheering of 380 secondary school students). The award ceremony was held in the iconic Savoy Cinema on Dublin's O'Connell Street and was hosted by the wonderful actor/presenter Aaron Heffernan, star of hit TV show 'Love/Hate'. A full house of students, teachers and guests were treated to a wonderful spectacle which included screening of the nominated videos in each of the five award categories; the announcement and presentation of prizes and awards to each of the category winners, culminating in the announcement of 'Best Overall Video', winners of the fabulous five day team trip to New York.
Colaiste Chiaráin, Croom, Co. Limerick was the judge's favorite with their video 'Something to Fight For'. Team members Eoin Hayes, Tiernan O'Rourke, Adam Hannan, Bryan Lynch, Christina Enright, and Aoife Lannon will be heading to New York for 5 days with their teacher Conor Power to learn about the influence of Irish immigrants on American Politics and the American Labour Movement during which the team will make a video journal of their experiences. This trip will be co-hosted by the Irish Embassy and National US Trade Unions based in New York and Washington D.C. A similar competition is also being run in schools in New York State and it is intended that the winning teams will host their counterparts in their home country
The winning teams in the five award categories won a full day workshop in a related field. Bandon Grammar School won 'Best Screenplay' and a one-day screen writing workshop from Fighting Words. Maynooth Post Primary won 'Best Interpretation' and a 'Make a movie in a day' workshop from Young Irish Filmmakers. Loreto C.S Milford won 'Best Edit/Animation' and a one-day stop motion animation workshop from Paper Panther Productions. Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare won 'Most Original/Creative' and a one-day film making workshop from the award winning Digital Film School. Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, also won their category 'Best Acting' and a one day acting workshop from the renowned Gaiety School of Acting.
The 20 teams that were nominated are only one part of a story that began last autumn and grew to encompass schools from all over the country with 47 teams and over 350 students participating in the competition. The 47 videos that were submitted were highly creative and varied in their approach to the topic of Decent Work and highlighted many important learning outcomes concerning the 1913 Lockout and the relevance of the Decent Work campaign then and now.
Likewise the Youth for Decent Work Awards are only one part of a story that begins in the classrooms with our Youth Connect Champions who bring the story of the 1913 Lockout, its impact, and the struggle for Decent Work to life for young people across Ireland.
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