Teachers and principals in Kerry are invited to sign up for a free place on the popular litter-picking programme for the 2022/2023 school year.

Launched in 2019, the Picker Pals programme is now in 33% of the schools in Ireland. That’s 30,000 children making the world a better place and having fun doing it. Applications are now being accepted for Picker Pals 2022-23 school year. Picker Pals materials are available in Irish and English versions.In 2022, children across Ireland have already removed litter equivalent to the weight of a blue whale!

Over 880 children in 37 schools in Kerry are already playing their part as Picker Pals. A local teacher said,
“Parents and children are enjoying their adventures, and the feedback is all very positive. The children have become so aware of pollution and climate change. They are delighted that they are part of the change.”
Picker Pals is run by Environmental NGO VOICE (Voice of Irish Concern for the Environment). The programme was created by children’s author Patrick Jackson, who saw the need to teach the next generation about litter prevention at an early age.
The scheme is funded by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications and Kerry County Council. Spaces are limited, so early sign-up is encouraged at www.pickerpalsworld.org.