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E-Circular 17-12-15

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 17 December 2015.

This is the final e-circular from us for this year. Wishing you and yours a lovely Christmas from all the IDEA Team!

This week we have the latest news on the Task Group responses to the GENE report, our submission to the Teaching Council consultation on Cosán and the new IDEA Strategy, along with the latest news from the Challenging the Crisis campaign. We also have details of opportunities, training, and resources from ECO-UNESCO, Development Perspectives, Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Fairtrade Ireland, DSA Ireland, INTRAC, and EIL Intercultural Learning, along with the latest top reads and resources.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Responses to GENE report

IDEA Task Groups met with Irish Aid Development Education Unit staff to respond to the GENE report on 3 and 15 December. The Adult & Community Task Group, Formal Education Task Group and Youth Task Group each met with Irish Aid to communicate responses to the GENE report and to highlight key strategic priorities for the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy. Irish Aid will be developing their strategy on Development Education during the first half of 2016. IDEA will closely follow this process and the Task Groups will continue to engage with Irish Aid to ensure the perspecitve of the sector is reflected.

Teaching Council Submission

The IDEA Formal Education Education Working Group has made a submission to the Teaching Council consultation on Cosan, the Draft Framework for Teachers' Learning. A copy of the submission can be found here .

New IDEA Strategy

IDEA is developing our new strategy for 2016-2018 and we would like to ask members for your input. In early January we will send a draft strategy to all members for consultation. We are inviting members to send comments to us by email or to attend a consultation meeting on 14 January from 2pm-4pm at the IDEA office. Further details to follow.

Latest News from Challenging the Crisis

Guide to Social and Solidarity Economy

Our Guide to Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE) is now available for download. Find out more about SSE here .

Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) Cluster meeting

Challenging the Crisis (CtC) took part in the DEAR cluster meeting in Dublin on 9 &10 December. The CtC partners had the opportunity to exchange ideas, practices and concerns with representatives from other projects funded by the European Commission. Our Young Global Advocates also had the opportunity to take part in the meeting, to present the CtC project and share their experiences.

Member & Partner News

Final Call for Ireland’s Young People to Take ECO-Action!

Now in its 17th year, the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) is an initiative open to young people aged 10-18 years in both Ireland and Northern Ireland to come up with real solutions to a host of local and global environmental issues.Due to popular demand, the registration deadline for the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards has been extended until Tuesday 22nd December 2015. Find out more...

Development Perspectives: Insight 2015 Documentary

Check out this documentary produced by Development Perspectives that follows the journey of Irish and Tanzanian participants through an eight month Development Education programme. Find out more... 

New CGE Strategic Plan 2016-19

The Centre for Global Education has published a new three Strategic Plan that will guide our work from 1 December 2016 to 31 December 2019. The plan is the outcome of an externally facilitated consultation and review process involving staff and Board members led by Community Change. It aims to build on the Centre’s current strengths – training, resources, advocacy and networking – and, at the same time, create new opportunities for awareness raising and action on global issues in civil society. Please feedback on the plan to info@centreforglobaleducation.com. The Strategic Plan is available here.

Kimmage Development Studies Centre Calendar for 2016

Kimmage DSC has launched it's Events and Courses calendar for 2016, providing education and training for development practitioners working in a range of occupations. Find out more...

Other News

Become a Fairtrade Ambassador!

Fairtrade Ireland is looking for people who are interested in becoming Fairtrade Ambassadors – positive spokespersons and community influencers. Fairtrade Ambassadors will be able to contribute to strengthening partnerships between some of the most disadvantaged farmers and workers in the developing world and the people who buy their products. Find out more...

DSA Ireland Education Study Group

The Education Study Group of the Development Studies Association of Ireland is in the process of putting together a programme of events for 2016 and is looking for input for seminar/discussion group topics. The group is open and welcomes new members who wish to join at any time. If you have any suggestion or require more information, please contact the Convenor, Dr. Sean Farren, at: s.farren@ulster.ac.uk by 20 December.

Building Alliances for Education in Sustainable Development

The goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all is as applicable to Ireland as to the Ivory Coast. This morning-only event will take place on Friday 8 January, 2016  Time: 10.00am to 1pm in The Mansion House, Dublin 2 and will focus on how civil society can build alliances to work better and to work together to achieve the targets set Sustainable Development Goal 4 in education. RSVP: eileen@asti.ie

Research assistants needed over holiday period

The International NGO Training and Research Centre (INTRAC) is seeking 2-3 research assistants to help with a systematic review of literature (academic and grey) on topics around civil society sustainability for an average of 10 days between December and January. If interested, please email Rachel Hayman, Head of Research, at: RHayman@intrac.org

Funding News

EIL Seed Fund Micro Grants

The EIL Seed Fund Micro Grant Scheme assists returned volunteers in overcoming the barriers to continuing their engagement here in Ireland by providing successful applicants with funding, guidance and support to implement their own awareness-raising projects. Volunteers can apply to the Seed Fund as individuals or as part of a group by Friday 15 January 2016.  Find out more...

Top Reads & Resources

Volunteer Perspectives

To celebrate International Volunteer Day, Mary Coogan hears the perspectives of just a few of the many volunteers who are giving their time, energy and skills to make a difference in communities in Ireland and around the world.

Stand, 04 December

Interview with Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

Volunteerism brings personal fulfillment and social change

Global Education Magazine, 05 December

The Red Cross have launched their 2015 Photo News Quiz - a great resource for starting discussions among young people.


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.