"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
- Nelson Mandela
Development Education enables people to understand the world around them and to act to transform it. It engages people through a process of interaction, reflection and action towards supporting Global Justice.
Development Education works to tackle the root causes of injustice and inequality, globally and locally. The world we live in is unequal, rapidly changing and often unjust. Our everyday lives are affected by global forces. Development Education is about understanding those forces and how to change them to create a more just and sustainable future for everyone.
It is made up of the following:
Values: It aims to bring about positive change, informed by values of equality, diversity, sustainability and human rights and responsibilities.
Knowledge: It explores cultural, environmental, economic, political and social relationships and challenges local and global power inequalities caused by patterns of production, distribution and consumption.
Skills: It equips people to explore multiple perspectives and critically engage with local and global issues, using participative and creative approaches.
Actions: It enables people to make connections between their own lives and global justice issues, and empowers them to make a positive difference in the world.