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.

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News & Events

17 – 21 August 2020 | Online Summer Course for Primary School Teachers

Intercultural Education in Primary Schools

This course is run in accordance with the Department of Education and Skills (Ireland) criteria and is approved for EPV days

This summer, the Gaiety School of Acting is running a comprehensive Grow from Seeds course again this year, which aims to meet the intercultural education needs of (second to sixth class) teachers and pupils in primary schools.

Within this week-long course, you will explore the benefits of Grow from Seeds as a creative and cross-curricular teaching tool, in particular its use within the context of the Drama and SPHE curriculum.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how to use Grow from Seeds as a creative tool to explore feelings, knowledge and ideas, leading to an understanding of intercultural education
  • Explore the benefits of Grow from Seeds as a cross-curricular teaching tool, in particular, its use within the context of the SPHE curriculum (Myself and the wider world) and strand unit “ Developing Citizenship”
  • Learn how Grow from Seeds can involve the wider community in an intercultural approach
  • Acquire a broad range of creative strategies and techniques for use in the classroom
  • Learn how to use creative arts and performing arts with their students to develop practical and precise interventions, gaining particular expertise with how to handle the theme of social inclusion
  • Be able to use acquired knowledge towards the development of aspects of the individual, including creative, emotional, moral, aesthetic and social behaviours
  • Engage in collaborative and reflective practice
  • Become familiar with the six-step-process and evaluation themes outlined in School Self-Evaluation, Guidelines for Primary Schools (2012), and with the overall content of that document
  • Reflect on how you can self-evaluate in relation to the teaching and learning of Grow from Seeds in your classroom with particular reference to the above

Summer Course Feedback 2019:

“One of the best summer courses I have attended in a long time.”

“Loved the ease with which the facilitator shared the activities – in a knowledgeable, fun but focused manner. So much fit into the 5 days, which will be great to introduce to the class.”

“It was practical and easy to follow, while giving clear information on the essential learning goals. We learned activities which any child can be part of, promoting inclusivity and kindness.”

“I think it is one of the best qualities we teach and should be in the classroom.”

Course Details:

Grow from Seeds Online SUmmer Course for Primary School Teachers

Dates: 17th – 21st August 2020

Location: Online (Zoom)

Time: 20 hours

Cost: €70

Book here