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E-Circular 14-05-14

Dear Members

Tomorrow 15th May is International Day of the Family – it will be month since 276 girls were kidnapped from their school in Nigeria. The African Women’s Development and Communication Network, FEMNET, has called on hundreds of its members across over 40 African countries to organize and mobilize peaceful demonstrations at Nigerian Embassies around the continent on Thursday. There have already been protests outside the Dublin embassy this week and the hashtag #Bring BackOurGirls is widespread on social media. Read a Nigerian perspective on the incident and find out how to contact the Nigerian embassy here.

Don’t forget to register for our upcoming conference! See attached flyer.


IDEA attended a recent event organized by Léárgas to consult on Erasmus+ the new EU programme to support education, training, sport and youth work across the EU. The new programme will be of interest to IDEA members and we recommend you keep on eye on the Léargas page for updates, information workshops and funding deadlines. Read more about Erasmus+…

IDEA  Events

Monday 26 May from 2:00 – 4:00 pm IDEA’s Community Sector Working Group is holding an open meeting to progress its Strategy for DE in Adult & Community Settings.  The meeting will take place in Eco-Unesco, The Greenhouse, St Andrews St, Dublin 2.  Anyone interested in the integration of DE into Adult & Community Education is welcome to attend.  Attendees do NOT have to be members of IDEA—it is an ‘open’ meeting. IDEA staff will circulate a discussion paper by Thursday 22 May, with specific points highlighted for discussion on the 26 May meeting. Please email Susan@ideaonline.ie to find out more or to register.

27th May 12:00 – 13:00. All about ECIs (European Citizens’ Initiatives) Challenging the Crisis/IDEA Webinar. The European citizens' initiative (ECI) invites citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by presenting legislative proposals to the European Commission. An ECI petition has to be signed by at least one million EU citizens from at least 7 out of 28 member states.  Charlotte Rive of the European Commission will take us through the overall process of doing an ECI, and Jerry Van Den Berge of Right 2 Water will present the example of the successful ECI run by his organisation. IDEA and our European Partners will develop a European Citizens Inititiave - initiated by our network of Challenging the Crisis youth advocates - later this year.

13th June, 9:30am- 4pm. Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin 1. What to Learn NOW for the Future We Want. 2014 IDEA Annual Conference See attached flyer.

Keynote Speaker: Amitabh Behar, co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, and Executive Director of the National Foundation for India. More speakers to be announced.
Presentation of survey findings on young people’s attitudes to global development issues by Challenging the Crisis Young Global Advocates.
Interactive conversations with educators and representatives of Irish and International civil society organizations. Read more…

Members News

·May 23 - 25 Galway African Film Festival. Now in its seventh year, this festival is giving film-goers the opportunity to view [Galway African Film Festival] some of the most thought provoking work from Africa's contemporary cinematic story tellers for free.  Internationally renowned films like 'Mother of George' which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Festival along with the powerful short 'Jonah' are on offer along with the very topical 'Half of a Yellow Sun'. For further details and a full listing of the programme please see the Festival website.

Kerry One World Centre, with support from Irish Aid's WorldWise Global Schools fund, is currently completing its first year of its 'Global Schools Network'  for schools in the southwest. Catch up with the programme in their inaugural newsletter.

16th May: Trócaire have extended the deadline to apply for the vacant position of post-primary education officer to this Friday 16th May. All details may be found here.

Wednesday 21st May, 9.30am - 1pm. Debt and Development Coalition Ireland and Christian Aid Ireland are organizing a Tax Justice learning morning: Tackling Tax as a Justice Issue. This training is designed for people interested in global justice issues who want to deepen their understanding of how global tax rules impact on Southern countries, the actors and institutions involved and where the potential action points for tax justice are. Register with morina@debtireland.org

17th & 18th September 2014, Dublin. LYCS presents ‘Women of the World-Understanding issues affecting women everywhere’ A free 2-day training for women community workers. All prospective applicants must fill in an application form and email to racheldempsey@lycs.ie. Once you have been offered a place, you’ll be asked to send a refundable deposit of €50 to hold your place. Commitment must be made to attend the full days training and to use the work in your own community work. For info or to apply, contact Rachel or Helena at LYCS on 01 823 0860 or racheldempsey@lycs.ie

Confused about Economics? Aren’t we all! Debt and Development Coalition invite you to form a learning circle and sue their free online tool “Econo-wha?” to educate yourself about how the economy works. Econowha? is a free online reading and learning tool for adult learners.It is designed to support us in questioning why things are the way they are, and exploring what we can do to act for a more just global society. Read more…

Comhlámh invite you to ask your MEP candidates to support an Alternative Trade Mandate- an EU trade policy that benefits people and planet.  Read more…

New Books

Education for citizenship in Europe: European policies, national adaptations, and young people's attitudes, by Avril Keating covers a wide range of topics - including the role of education in the European citizenship project; the diffusion of the "European dimension" to national education policies; and the impact of schools on student attitudes towards European citizenship. Read more…
Development Education in Policy and Practice, out now! This is a new collection on development / global education published this week by Palgrave MacMillan.  With contributions from an international cast of authors who are leading practitioners in the sector, this is an invaluable guide to development education practice and the policy environment in which it is delivered. Read more…

EU News

DEEEP / Dare Forum are launching Capacity Development Funding Opportunities to address learning and capacity development needs in the Development sector, specifically on the Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR). There are two funding mechanisms: National Seminars and Capacity Development Projects. For more email Luciana Almeida DEEEP4 Capacity Building Officer Luciana.Almeida@concordeurope.org Deadline 17th May. (Apologies for the short notice!)

Thursday tomorrow is the last day to register for DEEEP’s European Conference "Citizens for Global Education, Education for Global Citizenship". This high-level conference taking place on June 24th-25th in Brussels will be a unique opportunity to contribute to a solid Global Citizenship proposal.  Are you interested to join? Register through the online form, the selection process will start on May 16th and you will be informed of your selection on May 21st.
DEEEP have a new website- check it out!


21st May 2014 2pm- 8pm. Irish Aid Centre, 27 – 31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1.Wezesha cordially invites you to the conference: Diaspora for International Development. The conference will serve as a platform for discussion, action, and resolution on engagement, contribution and the role of the African diaspora for international development. There will be two areas of discussion- Post 2015 Millennium Development Goals and Combating gender based violence and conflict Please RSVP to info@wezeshadada.com  or call Sthandile, 0860656123. For more: www.wezeshadada.com

27 May The Advocacy Initiative is holding its 6th Knowledge Exchange Forum, entitled ‘Visualising Advocacy – Creative Strategies for Social Change’, at the Science Gallery, Dublin 2. The aim of the Forum is to bring together advocates, campaigners and artists to share experience and information, look at how advocacy is visualised in Ireland and to learn from international practice. Berlin based company Tactical Technology Collective will kick off the day with an interactive presentation on how creativity can support progressive social, political and environmental change.

5 June, 2.30-4pm, Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Jim Clarken, Executive Director of Oxfam Ireland, invites DSA members to attend the launch of ‘Life In A Time of Food Price Volatility’ year 2 report. This is a four-year (2012-15)  research collaboration between Oxfam and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) to monitor the impacts of, and responses to, volatile food prices in poor communities in ten developing countries. To reserve a place please email Therese.Gubbins@oxfamireland.org

Interesting Links

The Art of Social Innovation is a 3-day training that took place in Toronto recently. They generously placed all the resources online plus an account of the 3 days. Great idea for anyone running similar learning programmes! http://aositoronto.weebly.com/resources.html



We organise training, seminars & meetings to build capacity in the following areas:


IDEA works to connect its membership and also to connect Development Education to wider audiences.