ILLUMINATE HERSTORY FOR SCHOOLS

  Grace Gifford, revolutionary, cartoonist & wife of Joseph Mary Plunkett. Art by Séan Branigan of Storyboard Workshop for the Herstory Education Programme.  

Grace Gifford, revolutionary, cartoonist & wife of Joseph Mary Plunkett. Art by Séan Branigan of Storyboard Workshop for the Herstory Education Programme. 

From Monday 8th January 2018, the first day of the new school term, the #IlluminateHerstory theme is ‘Voices of the Future’. Students across the island of Ireland are invited to complete special workshops, illuminating classrooms with their heroines and visions for a ‘World of Equals’ throughout the month of January. 

The workshops will be circulated by Teacher's Unions and are also are available to download below. 

Primary school students (Junior Cycle) will learn about lost ancient heroines - Gormlaith, Cessair and Queen Lann - and celebrate the heroines in their family. For Senior Cycle, a special suffrage centenary workshop will teach students about Hannah Sheehy-Skeffington, Anna Haslam, and Winnfred Carney; with activities including a DIY Election.

Secondary school students will explore women’s history since the start of the Suffrage Movement. Through a process of appreciative enquiry, they will rescript the narrative at pivotal moments to imagine what Ireland would be like today, if for example, the 1916 leaders weren't executed and they formed the first Dáil based on their 'Ireland of Equals' vision, the first country in the world to promise equal rights to men, women and children. In Northern Ireland, students will explore the pivotal role of women in the Peace Process, creating art and poetry in celebration of these remarkable heroines. 

The objectives of the workshops are to give young generations authentic female role models and to empower them to take an active role in creating their country's future, to realise their responsibility and influence as citizens and the positive power of collective synarchy at pivotal moments in history, especially in the context of the current global political climate. 

The workshops are available to download in PDF format below - simply click on the links:

1. PRIMARY SCHOOL WORKSHOP A

(For Junior & Senior Infants in the Republic of Ireland, and  P1-P2 in Northern Ireland)

2. PRIMARY SCHOOL WORKSHOP B

(For 1st & 2nd Class in the Republic of Ireland and P3 in Northern Ireland)

3. PRIMARY SCHOOL WORKSHOP C

(For 3rd - 6th Class in the Republic of Ireland and P4 - P7 in Northern Ireland)

4. SECONDARY SCHOOL WORKSHOP FOR NORTHERN IRELAND

(For Northern Ireland:  Key Stage 3, GCSE & A-Level)

5. SECONDARY SCHOOL WORKSHOP FOR THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

(For Republic of Ireland: 1st Year - 6th Year) The workshop will help students with the Social History section of the Junior Certificate paper, particularly for the Women in History Section. At Leaving Certificate level, the workshop will help students become independent learners and will spark interest for the Special Topic.

GIVING STUDENTS THE BIG STAGE

Throughout the month of January, we invite teachers and students to complete the workshop and illuminate their classrooms with heroines and visions for an ‘Ireland of Equals.’ Students can celebrate their heroines and share their visions in any creative formats including poetry, short story, essay, fine art, poster design, illustrated timeline, etc. Teachers can take photographs of the student’s work and share on social media, tagging @HerstoryIreland with the hastag #IlluminateHerstory. The Herstory Team will re-tweet on our platforms, giving students the stage to spread their visions with the world. Alternatively you can send students’ creations to the Herstory email address: illuminateherstory@gmail.com

THE HERSTORY EDUCATION PROGRAMME

Our big focus for 2018 is the wonderful Herstory Education Programme, featuring a new game-changing teen magazine, website, books, workshops, summer camps, talks and more. None of these vital educational projects will happen without funding.

Make a donation today and gift the Daughters of Ireland and future generations with authentic role models.