Published 20.09.2022
by Kids’ Own

Global Goals Week

Global Goals Week

This year, Global Goals Week aims to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals. Kids’ Own is committed to working with children and young people on projects that explore the Global Goals meaningfully through professional arts practice. We recognise the crucial role that children can have in shaping their own futures and as equal and active citizens in our society.  Read more about some of our recent projects that have interacted with and explored the Sustainable Development Goals in different ways below: 

Sustainable Development Goal 1: Climate Action

Green Futures Project

Throughout the summer of 2022, the Green Futures project provided an opportunity for two groups of children and young people in County Sligo to work collaboratively with our Associate Artist Sarah Ellen Lundy, while exploring important themes and ideas that connect to Climate Action in the Cranmore Co-op Community Garden. The young participants in the project explored a range of topics and ideas through both practical explorations of their environment, as well more conceptual ideas about the human and animal world through drawing, observation, dialogue and research. This project was funded by Creative Sligo.

Read more about the Green Futures Project here.


Green Futures Project
Green futures project bee
Green futures project

Climate Action

Climate Action Project

In 2021, our Climate Action project started with a series of workshops with 2nd–6th Class children at Carns NS, Moneygold, Co. Sligo. The project aimed to explore how children can actively and creatively engage with themes of climate action through a positive arts-based learning approach. Writer Jo Holmwood and associate artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward worked with a group of children through dialogue and creative activity. There was a particular focus on water as a central element representing the interconnectedness of global and climate change issues. Dr Connie Nell spoke with some of the children who participated in the project and shared her thoughts in the report, available at the link below.

Read more about the Climate Action project here.

If you would like a free copy of our Climate Action resource, send an email to [email protected], and we will post copies to your school or organisation.


Climate Action Poster

Sustainable Development Goal 2: End Poverty

Over the past number of years, Kids’ Own has received funding from the Department of Social Protection to mark the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty, held annually on the 17th of October. Through creative workshops, we have supported different groups of children and young people in the Sligo area to explore this difficult topic in a meaningful way.

UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty

To mark the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty in 2020, Kids’ Own developed a new creative online project to connect young people on this really important issue in our society. The creative sessions were facilitated by artist Vanya Lambrecht Ward and writer Mary Branley, who worked alongside the group of young people from Foróige CRIB project and Sligo Comhairle na nÓg. The group focused on writing letters to our community and other leaders, and developed origami-style letters and envelopes. You can see the folded letter and envelope template the group created at the link below! 

Click here for more information about the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020 project.

UN Poverty day 2020

Sustainable Development Goal 3: Gender Equality

Gender Equality Project

In 2019, Kids’ Own associate artist Sharon Kelly, writer Alice Lyons and artist Éanna Mac Cana, worked alongside a group of students from St. Louise’s College in west Belfast and their teacher Mairead Robb. The project took the 100-year anniversary of women achieving the right to vote as its starting point and, through creative means, explored what it is like to be a girl today and thought about equality now and in the future.Through different creative forms, the group explored issues of identity, pressures felt by girls, social media, and youth culture. 

Watch the Gender Equality video here.