YSI Showcase at Citywest Hotel

The Young Social Innovators Showcase took place at the Citywest hotel on Wednesday the 8th of May. The YSI competition was about raising awareness about problems in society in Ireland. In our case, we talked about equality and diversity in education. Out of about 500 projects that took part in the qualifiers, only 60 got to the final round and we were proud to be among the finalists. St. Aidan’s was also special because we were the only school to have junior students in our group.

We left the school to go to the hotel in two buses. When we arrived we first had to get on with our business and present our project to the judges and other school. After the presentations we were given free time to do whatever we wanted to inside the Citywest hotel area. There were all kind of activities available for us like archery, mini golf, climbing wall, silent disco, zumba, sumo suits, bouncing castles, exhibitions, a tweet centre and much more.

After all that we were to meet the rest of the group at the award ceremony which was, in my opinion, the best part of the whole day. There were all kind of singers, dancers, drummers, DJs and performers. The atmosphere in the room was electric as about 2000 students from all over Ireland danced on the chairs which was really fun!

Overall, the day was a great experience and even if we didn't win any big prizes, everybody had fun and because of our initiative we were able to raise an awful lot of awareness about equality in education and the booklets we created are a very powerful factor in making school accessible for every student that wants to get an education.

Thank you so much to Ms. Tierney and Ms. McDonald who helped and guided the YSI project throughout the year. It was a brilliant experience!

Article by Mihai Plostenau (5th Year, St. Brigids)

Photos thanks to Luke Akinwande and Ms. Abbey

Here is the 'Equality in Education' leaflet that we made