What We Do

E-Circular 02-04-14

Dear Members,

Most members will have received their Irish Aid grants results and feedback by now. At IDEA we are creating an overview of the Annual Grants from the development education sector’s perspective. This is very useful to identify the overall impact of the Annual Grants round and will enable us to respond and provide feedback. We will be in touch soon with a short questionnaire. In the mean time, please keep us informed, in particular, it would be helpful if you could send us the following info:

  • grants awarded,
  • percentage increase/decrease from the previous year
  • impact this Annual Grants round will have on your work and your organisational plans.  

All information will be anonymous unless you state otherwise. Please email to Frank: frank@ideaonline.ie

IDEA News:

Last week the Irish Coalition for the Global Campaign for Education launched the Global Monitoring Report: Teaching and Learning, Achieving Quality for All. UNESCO Ireland presented the report which can be read here. Many IDEA members were in attendance and involved in the discussion groups. Frank facilitated a discussion on Global Citizenship Education. There is a strong chance that Global Citizenship Education will be included in the post-2015 development goals (read more…). In the coming months IDEA will work with our international partners in DEEEP and the DARE Forum to ensure that the voice of the Irish development education sector is reflected in this process and to promote the inclusion of global citizenship in the post-2015 goals.

Challenging the Crisis: The Irish Young Global Advocates Network has been formed and will meet for their second workshop this Saturday. This group of talented and dynamic young people will making a big stir in the DE landscape over the next few months so keep an eye out for them! Challenging the Crisis Youth Opinion Survey closed on March 31st with a huge number of responses- thank you to all members who shared it. IDEA and our partners are now collating the data and will present the findings soon.
Challenging the Crisis/ IDEA Webinars- Listen back to our webinar “Creatively Engaging Young People in Social Justice Issues” with Barefeet Theatre Company. Read more… And as an exciting follow up to the webinar-

10 artist facilitators will travel from Zambia to Ireland from 25th June - 4th July, in collaboration with NYCI and there will be street and theatre performances in Limerick and Dublin. Email international@barefeettheatre.org and keep an eye on the facebook page to find out what is going on- www.facebook.com/barefeettheatre and @BarefeetTheatre

IDEA Events

Wednesday 9th April, directly after Dóchas DEG’s Research Launch event IDEA and 80:20 will be presenting the draft Guidelines for Producing Development Education Resources. The aim of the Guidelines is to provide advice in a straightforward and usable format for anyone intending to produce a resource as part of their DE work. We will be collecting your feedback on this important document on the day. We will also welcome feedback by email for those who cannot make the event on Wednesday. A draft will be sent to all members on Monday. Venue tbc- Dublin city centre. Email Eimear if you would like to be part of this consultation: Eimear@ideaonline.ie
Thursday 24 April 13:00-14:00,  IDEA and the Debt & Development Coalition Ireland are pleased to present a webinar with Alan Ciblis, Argentinian economist and activist. Alan will give a presentation on Argentina’s experience of debt and this will be followed by a discussion on how we as Development Educators can put our learning about debt into action. This is the second webinar in conjunction with Challenging the Crisis.  Register with Susan Places are limited so registration is essential! Read more...

Thursday 15 May 14:00 – 16:30, IDEA and Ubuntu are hosting a workshop Teaching about Controversial Issues, at NUI Maynooth.  The workshop will be facilitated by Mary Gannon, who has worked with the City of Dublin VEC’s Curriculum Development Unit and with the Equality Authority.  This workshop is aimed primarily at teacher educators but is open to anyone who teaches about challenging issues in Development Education and related contexts.  The workshop is free but you must register before Thursday 8th May with Susan. Read more.,..

Members’ News:

Latin America Week: 7- 12th April. Priceless Lands. Organised by LASC. Events all around Ireland. Including the XV Irish Latin American Film Festival!  Read more…
OPEN CALL to Contribute to Policy and Practice Issue 19. The Development Education Review is seeking contributions on any theme by Mon 7th July. Under this open call for papers, they are accepting submissions for the journal’s Focus, Perspectives,  Viewpoint and Review sections. While the journal will not have a fixed theme, authors must address a clearly defined aspect of development education policy and / or practice. Contact Stephen McCloskey for more stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com
7- 9th April, Dublin. Education International: World Women’s Conference. Education International (EI), the largest global union federation, representing over 30 million teachers and other education workers in 400 organisations in more than 170 countries and territories, is holding its Second World Women’s Conference (WWCII), entitled Women in Trade Unions and in Education: From Words to Actions – On the Move for Equality, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel, Burlington Road, in Dublin from 7-9 April 2014. For more contact Gemma Tuffy, ASTI: gemma@ASTI.IE or +353 1 604 0166
To mark the official launch of its 2014 Teacher Education Programme for Northeast India, Global Schoolroom is holding a very special event at 2pm on Sunday April 27 in The chq Building in the Dublin Docklands.  The afternoon will be a celebration of Indian-Irish culture with music, art and dance. There will be lots of delicious nibbles from the Butler's Pantry and Antoinette's bakery and, of course, tea, from House of Tea Blackrock. Buy tickets. For more contact garret.campbell@globalschoolroom.net


9th April, 10am, - 12noon, Dublin (venue tbc). Engaging the Public in the Global Poverty Debate. Research Launch. The Dóchas Development Education Group (DEG) are launching a piece of recently commissioned research that focused on analysing NGO communication materials from the perspective of Frames and Values. Dóchas commissioned Dr Caroline Murphy to analyse some of their members’ public messaging.  The research examined how Irish development NGOs frame global poverty and international development, and which frames and values are dominating contemporary communications.  To register contact anna@dochas.ie . Please note: This event will be followed by

An update on the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages
A short consultation on the draft Guidelines for Producing Development Education Resources which is currently being produced by 80:20 in collaboration with IDEA and Dóchas. If producing resources is part of your work then make sure you participate in this consultation! See above.

Tuesday 29th of April, 6 -7.30pm, Dublin. Financial Services – Paying their way or having their way? Invitation to a panel discussion on the arguments for and against introducing a tax on financial transactions in Ireland. Jurys Inn Hotel, IFSC, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. Organised by Claiming our Future. Full programme here.


World Wise Schools grants call is open from 18th March- 16th April. . Read more…
Want to go into business? Social Entrepreneur’s Ireland have grants for their 2 programmes available. Read more…
Need some brightening up? Dulux Paint are giving away paint to help bring colour to community projects around the world. Read more…


Community Productions are producing an exciting new TV series called We Love Dublin which will be broadcast on Dublin Community Television (DCTV) and distributed online later this year. The goal of the programme is to show Dublin through the eyes of non-Irish residents who have developed a deep love of Dublin and want to share this passion with a broader community, both locally and overseas. For more see www.welovedublin.tv and https://www.facebook.com/WeLoveDublinTV

EU News

Keep up to date with all EU news via the DEEEP newsletter here!

Interesting Links

The news from the UN on Climate Change- released just before Fool’s Day- subtly pointing to humanity’s folly? http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=47471&Cr=climate+change&Cr1=#.UzqfIKKegTY
Climate Change- how it is affecting the population of Tuvalu, a beautifully shot video: http://www.yourworldview.org.uk/films/443/tuvalu-islands-frontline-climate-change
Ways to take action- in Ireland demand strong climate legislation from our leaders: http://www.trocaire.org/climate
Inspire yourself to get involved! Watch this documentary of beautiful aerial photography from Yann  Arthus-Bertrand about the evolution of our planet. 1.5 hours long. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqxENMKaeCU

Till next time!


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.