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The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) is a national platform for organisations and individuals engaged in the provision, promotion and advancement of development education throughout the island of Ireland.
For IDEA, development education is an educational response and process aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the shared development of our world. By engaging people critically in and with our increasingly interdependent world, development education aims to challenge global inequalities, and works towards creating a more just and sustainable future for our planet.
Our members come from different regions of the island of Ireland, they work in different sectors of society and have different views and opinions on how to engage the Irish public in development education. What they all share is the vision that their work will contribute to transforming the social, cultural, economic and political structures of the world and the fabric of our society in order to create a more just and equal future for all. IDEA’s aim is to support this diversity.
Read more about our members in the "Network" section of this website.
IDEA’s vision is of a world based on global justice, solidarity, equality and sustainability. We see development education as an essential process that empowers people to create this world.
IDEA’s mission (overall aim) is to work with our members to promote, support and enhance development education throughout the island of Ireland. We will achieve this by:
* acting as a representative voice of Ireland’s development education sector; and
* encouraging shared learning and improving standards of practice within the development education sector
Our Strategic Aims are:
1: To strengthen the capacity and professional development of the sector
2: To raise awareness of and make the case for development education
3: To create a more enabling policy environment for development education
4: To strengthen IDEA's capacity to work more effectively
Download and read our Strategic Plan 2011- 2014
You can find IDEA Submissions, organisational documents, Annual Reports, Conference Reports and more in the "Learn" section of our website.
IDEA’s work includes:
- Advancing and promoting good practice in development education
- Provision of professional development and training for educators
- Coordination of and support for development education on the island of Ireland
- Developing policy positions and undertaking advocacy to further support our members
- Providing links with development educators at international level
- Organisation of events throughout the island of Ireland.
The Irish Development Education Association has been in existence since September 2004. The Association grew out of calls from the Development Education sector for an umbrella association to represent them nationally. Since its inception, IDEA has been a member-led organisation with members actively engaged in the management and direction of the association.
IDEA has been funded by Irish Aid since 2005.
Director: Frank Geary frank[at]ideaonline.ie
Capacity Building Officer (4 days a week): Susan Gallwey susan[at]ideaonline.ie
Communications and Outreach officer (3 days a week): Siobhan Sleeman siobhan[at]ideaonline.ie
Administrator (3 days a week): Heidi Holden heidi[at]ideaonline.ie
EU Project Coordinator (3.5 days a week):
Elaine Mahon elaine[at]ideaonline.ie
General enquiries can be made to info[at]ideaonline.ie
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