Kinsale Young Scientist winner gives inspiring speech at International Day of the Girl

Emer Hickey, centre, pictured with members of Irish Girl Guides marking International Day of the Girl in the Irish Film Institute, Dublin

Posted on: 3rd November, 2015

Category: News

Contributor: West Cork People

Above: Emer Hickey, centre, pictured with members of Irish Girl Guides marking International Day of the Girl in the Irish Film Institute, Dublin

Kinsale Young Scientist winner and Irish Girl Guides volunteer, Emer Hickey, joined members of IGG and World Vision celebrating the importance of girls’ education at a special event the two organisations held in the Irish Film Institute, Dublin, to mark International Day of the Girl on October 11.

Following a screening of Girl Rising – a critically-acclaimed film (with narration by Liam Neeson, Cate Blanchett and Meryl Streep) that gives a fascinating insight into the lives of four girls born into poverty in different parts of the globe and the difference that education can make – Emer told audience members how she hoped that her prize-winning research might one day help eradicate famine in developing countries.

The success of Emer and her Kinsale Community School team mates, Ciara Judge and Sophie Healy-Thow, in increasing the germination rate of barley and oats by as much as 50 per cent led to their scooping top prizes in the BT Young Scientist and European Young Scientist competitions in 2013 and the grand prize at the Google Science Fair in California in 2014.

Emer told audience members at the Day of the Girl event that they would never have been able to achieve what they had without the benefit of a good education. Acknowledging that tens of millions of girls in developing countries did not have the same kind of educational opportunities that girls have in Ireland, she said: “Education can help girls in developing countries because it opens new opportunities to girls in areas in which they didn’t previously have access to, such as science. New knowledge can be applied to their daily lives as they help not only themselves but their families too.

“My project was inspired by my gardening and, because of the education system here in Ireland, I was able to further my findings. If girls all over the world had access to education, they too could put their simple ideas to use and who knows what they would discover!”

World Vision Ireland’s CEO, Helen Keogh, said “Extreme poverty often prevents girls from getting an education, leaving them vulnerable to the worst kinds of exploitation. The aim of World Vision’s work is to eradicate poverty so that all girls and boys, regardless of where they are born, have the best opportunity in life.

“Girl Rising captures the dreams and voices of four girls and shows how they have each harnessed an awe-inspiring inner strength, which allows them bravely stand up and be counted while refusing to accept the fate others chose for them.

“World Vision Ireland supports two of the girls in the film – Azmera and Ruksana. Both these girls have overcome obstacles to pursue their right to an education and their stories are told beautifully through the film. Heart-breaking and uplifting at the same time, they leave viewers feeling inspired by their strength and determined to play a part in creating a more equal world.

“Girl Rising is not just a film, but also a movement dedicated to achieving educational equity for girls around the world.”

Latest News Articles:

New tours give a taste of the Lee Valley
More than €30,000 raised for charity as crowds flock to Ford 100 Fest in Ballinascarthy
Opening of new all-inclusive pool places Dunmanway at centre of West Cork for sport and recreation
Bantry Harbour Marina officially opens
West Cork named top food destination
Tourist numbers up in Bantry and Beara this summer
Brookpark Community Enterprise Centre
Global Shares to create 80 new jobs
Ford 100 Fest on Ford family farm to mark 100 years of Ford in Ireland
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival launches delectable programme

Join us on Facebook

Dúchas Clonakilty's first lecture for the Autumn promises to be of huge interest to all: Emerging from the Shadow of Tom Crean – The Parish Centre, Clonakilty, Thursday September 28th 8.30pm.

Lecture by Aileen Crean O’Brien & Bill Sheppard

In May 2016, Kerry man Tom Crean, along with Ernest Shackleton and four other crew members, landed the James Caird lifeboat on the rocky isle of South Georgia. The navigation of that small boat, across 1500 km through icy winds and towering seas, is regarded as the greatest ever feat of navigation. They then trekked across the forbidding and inhospitable mountains and glaciers of South Georgia to seek help for the rest of their crew, who were left behind on Elephant Island after their ship, the Endurance, was crushed by the Antarctic ice.

One hundred years later, Crean’s grandaughter, Aileen Crean O’Brien, set off with her sons and partner to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps. Join Aileen and Bill to hear of their adventures (and misadventures) on the Southern Ocean and the island of South Georgia.
... See MoreSee Less

7th September, 2017  ·  

Caheragh are holding a Modern,Classic & Vintage Run next Sunday 10th September at the Travellers Rest in Aid of The Aisling Tanner Fund. Registration 11am. Run starting @ 12.45. ... See MoreSee Less

4th September, 2017  ·  

Dunmanway Historical Association regrets to announce that the talk on Sile na Gig which was to take place on Thursday, 24th August in Atkins hall @ 8:30pm has been cancelled. ... See MoreSee Less

18th August, 2017  ·  

Jump to: