Challenge To Change 2010

This year’s Challenge to Change Seminar took place in the Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny on Thursday 13th May.

Challenge to Change is a Development Education project for young people in Presentation Schools, organised by Sr. Margaret Mary Healy PBVM and Liam Kilbride, and funded by the Presentation Sisters and Irish Aid.

The vision of Challenge to Change is driven by the Presentation charism and ethos which embraces working with the marginalised and excluded in our world.











It seeks to raise awareness of, and to bring about greater understanding of, global inequality. Challenge for Change engages young people in exploring ways in which their actions locally can affect, for the better, issues of justice, human rights and sustainability throughout the world.

This year the CEIST schools participating were:

  • Presentation Secondary School, Mitchelstown: Going Green is the next Big Thing.
  • Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount: Promoting a Human Rights Friendly School.
  • Presentation Secondary School, Ballingarry: A Green Fairy Tale Soon to be a Reality.
  • Presentation secondary School Thurles: Where is Santa’s Workshop.
  • St. Joseph’s College, Lucan: No Place to Call Home.

These schools presented their projects together with projects from 21 other Presentation Primary schools and Community Schools.

The day was very full as each group of students gave a brief overview of their project, showcased their work and attended the following workshops.

  1. Debating Aid - Bertrand Borj (80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World)
  2. Self-Help Africa - Patsy Toland (also examined aid and its implications)
  3. Drumming - Eamon Cagney (The Spirit of the Drum)
  4. Indian Culture - Sr. Alba Rodrigues (Presentation Sr.)
  5. Fair Play for Girls and Boys around the World - Lucy Whittle and Dorothy from Waterford One World Centre.

The essence of Challenge to Change is embraced in the fact that this is not a competition in which there are winners and losers.











By virtue of their participation each group has brought an awareness to their school and local community of some aspect of justice; each team has contributed to raising social consciousness and to improving our world and receives a Certificate of Participation in the Challenge to Change Development Education Project.

Congratulations to all those students who took part; and to their teachers without whose commitment, guidance and encouragement the projects could not be undertaken. 

Sincere thanks to Sr. Margaret Mary PBVM and to Liam Kilbride for their hard work and dedication in harnessing the enthusiasm of so many young people and for bringing it all together in such a dynamic way.

The beauty of Challenge to Change is that Our World is the winner!