DE in Ireland
Ireland is recognised at EU and International level as a European leader in Development Education, due to the support structures and the quality of programmes and organisations we have delivering it here.
Development Education is practised by a range of actors, including Development NGOs, community and voluntary organisations, educational institutions and networks, trade unions, educators, researchers and activists. It takes place in formal, non-formal and informal settings, engaging hundreds of thousands of people across all ages and communities throughout the island of Ireland each year.
Diversity is one of the community’s core strengths, and practitioners use a wide variety of tools drawn from education and development practices. Participants increase their awareness and understanding of the interdependent and unequal world we live in, through participatory and creative learning, action and reflection.
Development Educators in Ireland are strongly committed to contributing to knowledge, strengthening values, enhancing skills and promoting action through their work.
Key donors & policy makers for the sector include Irish Aid---Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Department of Education and Skills (DES), and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).
IDEA is the principal non-state coordinating body at national level, and additional coordination is provided by the Development Education Working Group of Dóchas, the Irish Association of Non-Governmental Development Organisations.