Grow from Seeds aims to provide high quality learning opportunities tailored to meet the needs of teachers and pupils of primary schools. The Grow from Seeds project offers a programme designed to foster intercultural dialogue in primary schools recognising European Parliament priorities to address anti-social behaviour through social cohesion and inclusion, active citizenship and the empowerment and participation of pupils.

The Grow from Seeds project engages partners from Ireland, Germany and France, and is supported by Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership. The Grow from Seeds partners include: Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland, Kildare Town Educate Together, Plan International Ireland, Gilden Grundschule, La TransplanisphèreEcole Elementaire (Primary School) Les Fougères in Le Raincy.



Aims & Objectives:

  • To address knowledge gaps by using innovative methods to provide both pupils and teachers with new learning opportunities
  • To nurture a creative and artistic response to the ever changing needs, demands, and issues of living in a multicultural society as seen through the experiences of our young children
  • To develop an E-Book on Intercultural Education, addressing the importance of inclusion in primary schools
  • To create a handbook outlining the methodology developed, and provide step-by-step guidance on how to implement the Grow from Seeds programme in primary school classrooms
  • To provide high quality teaching and learning activities to teachers in a 5-day CPD training course for primary school teachers in Ireland under the Department of Education and Skills

For more information about the background and aims of the Grow from Seeds project see our leaflet in English, German and French.


Grow from Seeds Partners

From Ireland

Gaiety School of Acting – The National Theatre School of Ireland (Grow from Seeds Coordinators) is a Not for Profit organisation founded in 1986 by the internationally renowned theatre director Joe Dowling in response to the lack of full time actor training programmes in Ireland at that time. The School is now widely regarded as the country’s premier training facility for actors. Its policy is to train actors for theatre, film and television. Through a committed and dedicated staff, the School has developed and expanded to its current position where over 5000 students are involved in a wide range of courses; from an intensive two year full time actor training programme to a range of courses available to students from overseas. The full time actor-training programme boasts unprecedented graduate success with actors appearing in theatre, film and television nationally and internationally. The Gaiety School of Acting’s Education and Outreach Department delivers specially tailored programmes to meet the creative and social needs of multiple sectors of our community.  Numerous Education and Outreach Projects have been successfully rolled out at local, national and international levels.

Kildare Town Educate Together is a primary school that caters for children from Junior Infants(4 Years old) to 6th Class (12 years old). Educate Together schools are based on the 4 pillars of Child Centredness, Democratically Run, Co-Educational and Multi-Denominational. Educate Together also have a distinct ethos or governing spirit. This has been defined in the following terms: Multi-denominational – all children having equal rights of access to the school, and children of all social, cultural and religious backgrounds being equally respected.

Plan International Ireland – Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan International Ireland, based in Dublin since 2003, focuses its work in four core areas, namely Child Rights, Education, Emergencies and Development Education. Our vision is to ‘strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls’.

From Germany

Gilden Grundschule is a primary school located in Dortmund, Germany. 221 pupils are taught by 16 teachers, two special needs teachers and one social worker. In 2011 the school was certified to be a European Primary School. Most of the pupils (80 % of pupils) are from different 23 countries and their families have a non-European background. For pupils who do not speak German yet the school has opened a special class where the pupils only learn German, while they also go to one of the other classes.

From France

La Transplanisphère is a theater company based in Paris. It was in residence at the Carreau du Temple from November 2013 to July 2015, and now again become autonomous. Since 2008, it develops a project that questions politics through art and theatre. In this context, the company designs and conducts international cooperation supported by the European Commission. Its projects have gradually turned to youth training, an approach that combines theater, intercultural dialogue and international mobility.

Ecole Elémentaire Les Fougères , Le Raincy is a french primary school which hosts around 280 pupils, mainly from the town of Le Raincy.  The school  was created in 1870  and was a private school until after World War II, in 1955. It has remained a public school since then.

Gaiety School of ActingKTET N.SPlan International Ireland

Gilden GrundschuleTransplanispehreElementary School Le Raincy

News & Events


The ‘Intercultural Education in Primary Schools: Innovative Approaches Conference’ was held in Dublin’s Smock Alley Theatre, with contributions from: Joe Little (Recentely retired RTÉ Religious & Social Affairs Correspondent); Dr. Malgosia Machowska-Kosciak (Dublin City University); Dr. Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska, Eric Weitz, Seamus Quinn, and Caroline Coffey (Gaiety School of Acting); Gerry Breslin, Rachel Burke, and Cathy Costello (Kildare Town Educate Together National School); Colm Ó Cuanacháin (Amnesty International Ireland); Anne Dolan (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland); Calvin James Sweeney and Rebecca McLaughlin (SCOOP Foundation); Joan Rafter (St. Patrick’s National School, Drumcondra); and Grow from Seeds Ambassador, Elizabeth Daly (St. John the Baptist School, Belgrove Junior Boys, Clontarf)


The Grow from Seeds Partners had their final Transnational Meeting in Dortmund, Germany.

October – November 2019 | GFS TEACHER TRAINING (FRANCE)

Hosted by Ateliers Médicis, Créteil Education Academy and Transplanisphere, the Grow from Seeds project offered training to 50 french teachers. Click here to read more about this event


Hosted by Kildare Town Educate Together N.S., the Grow from Seeds project will conduct a private Round Table Discussion with members from Barnardos, Dublin City University, Hibernia College, Intercultural Language Service, New Communities Partnership, Maynooth University, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and Yellow Flag.