Congratulations to Matthew Yacob from 6th Class in St. Teresa’s National School Co. Longford for being awarded the Overall National Winner of the Someone Like Me Art Competition 2021-2022. Matthew’s amazing piece shows a number of individuals with varying abilities. There are so many things people with disabilities can do and they can make their abilities stronger than their disabilities.
Matthew mentions his brother Jacob who is living with autism. He does not let his autism stop him doing anything. He likes singing and can play the guitar. Matthew wants to portray the message that ‘the only disability in life is a bad attitude’ and we could not agree more. Well done Matthew!
Well done to 4th and 5th Class Pupils of St. Oliver Plunkett National School, Dublin on receiving the judge’s Highly Commended Award for the 2021-2022 Someone Like Me Art Competition. Their amazing booklet explores aspects of each of these pupils’ individual experiences with dyslexia. They want to portray the good and the bad experiences as well as the obstacles they strive to overcome. Congratulations to Ella, Billy, Jessica, Tom, Callum, Jack, Heidi, Rachel, Kyle on this achievement!
On September 21st 2021, the Someone Like Me Art Competition was launched by Minister Anne Rabbitte. The Minister was joined by two pupils of Loreto College, Junior School, St. Stephen’s Green.
The Minister encouraged all primary school pupils across Ireland to learn about inclusivity and diversity through the medium of art.
The Minister stated that: “One in seven people in Ireland has a disability and research shows that persons with disabilities report more social isolation and less participation in social activities than those without a disability.
“Covid-19 gave us all an insight into what it is like to feel socially isolated. Positive attitudes support persons with disabilities to take part in society and so it is vital that we place ‘ability’ under the spotlight as a way of fostering positive attitudes amongst all our young people to enable everyone to feel a valued member of society.
“In what is an Olympic year, we only have to look to our Olympians and Paralympians to see how, as a nation, we have celebrated each athlete’s ability, rejoicing in their incredible collective success. Similarities exist between all people and ability unites us not just in sport but in day-to-day life.”
Come and register for this amazing art competition which will teach your pupils all about inclusivity and diversity in society!
The National Disability Authority is delighted to announce the launch of the sixth year of “Someone Like Me”, the art competition for primary schools.
This fantastic competition aims to promote disability awareness among primary school children and give them a greater understanding of what unites children of differing abilities. Someone Like Me enables children to learn about and discuss these topics and creatively express what they’ve learned through art.
All primary pupils from Junior infants – 6th Class can enter.
We would be delighted to receive entries created by individuals, a class, or even a combined effort from your whole school.
Share your entries online with #SomeoneLikeMe
We want to make sure that you and your pupils are recognised for your hard work, please attach the entry form found below to your entry along with a brief description explaining the ideas and motivation behind your pupils’ piece (junior word count: up to 100 words, senior word count: up to 200 words)
Simply post your entries to the address below:
Someone Like Me, c/o Real Nation, 24 Arran Quay, Dublin 7, D07 W620
If any art piece is too large or too heavy to send, we will happily accept photos of it instead which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: There is no limit to the number of entries your school can submit!
Deadline for the Receipt of Entries is: Friday, 3rd December, 2021
Download the entry form
Early entries are in with a chance of winning some fantastic art supplies from ReCreate!