Self Help Africa

 Self Help Africa

Organisation Name: Self Help Africa

Description of Work in DE

Gorta Self Help Africa provides a programme of workshops on Sustainable Agriculture, Gender Equality, Climate Change and Ethical Trading. The programme takes place in secondary schools across Ireland. The GSHA team are available to support and encourage teachers and students to incorporate Development Education into their classrooms. Gorta Self Help Africa sponsors the BT Young Scientist special category award for Development. The 2015 winners will travel to Ethiopia in February to conduct further research relating to the Solar Powered Seed Storage device that they designed. GSHA are currently working to complete the MDG book project "Thoughts and Reflections on the Millennium Development Goals" in 2015. The team are working with a number of schools seeking submissions to this series. During 2014 Gorta Self Help Africa engaged in Development Education activities at public events such as Electric Picnic, National Ploughing Championships and at the BT Young Scientist. The Changemakers project in Donegal is an innovative Development Education project. Amongst many other activities, it offers training and awareness workshops for Donegal VEC Tutors & Community Education Tutors on how to integrate Development Education into their teaching. GSHA organises student led workshop facilitation in NUIG and NUIM PGDE awareness programmes which are hosted by the college Education Departments during their Development Education week. Students and teachers travel each year with GSHA on a School Study Visit to one of the countries in Africa that GSHA work in. This visit takes place during Spring half term each year.


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