Minister Ossian Smyth and SIRO CEO John Keaney along with the team from Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, SIRO and Biodiversity in Schools at the Pollinator Project 2023 launch.
We here are Biodiversity in Schools are delighted to launch our Pollinator Project 2023 with the generous sponsorship of SIRO. The Pollinator Project is Ireland's largest and longest running pollinator education programme for schools.
The initiative works with schools across Ireland to train young people as pollinator ambassadors and assist in delivering bee-positive actions across the school grounds such as meadow creation and bulb planting.
For 2023, we're delighted to reach even more schools by partnering with SIRO, Ireland’s 100% fibre broadband network, connecting communities across Ireland. Thanks to their support we can offer free pollinator kits and workshops to reach over 3,500 primary school children.
The project was officially launched by Minister of State for Communications and the Circular Economy, Ossian Smyth TD at Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua, Ballyogan, Dublin. The launch was also attended by SIRO CEO John Keaney, Principal of Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua Ruth Mhic Adaim, class teacher Róisín Nic Aonghusa and pupils from the school.
Minister Ossian Smyth commented:
“Young people will be our leaders in restoring nature in Ireland. This project means that students from 100 schools nationwide will work with experts and their teachers and communities to make their schools more pollinator-friendly, planting native species and contributing to a better, more biodiverse future for us all. Well done to SIRO for supporting this important work.”
SIRO CEO John Keaney noted:
“Our hope from this project is to foster young biodiversity champions in communities across Ireland encouraging them to protect and preserve our native habitats and biodiversity. Our sponsorship of this school pollinator project makes a small contribution to this task. We are pleased to be able to contribute to the valuable work which Biodiversity in Schools have been undertaking in this area for the last ten years."
Mark Nolan, Director of Biodiversity in Schools, commented:
“We are pleased to have SIRO onboard as a sponsor for the pollinator project. Increasing young people’s awareness of the important contribution biodiversity makes to our health and wellbeing is critical. It’s also important for Irish companies to be aware of the biodiversity crisis we are experiencing, and to help by joining us to tackle this issue together. This initiative provides the resources needed to empower pupils with the knowledge and skills on how to help save and nurture our environment.”
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