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E-Circular 04-06-15

Dear Friends,  

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 04 June 2015. This fortnight, we're looking forward to the IDEA AGM and Annual Conference taking place on 12 June. We also have news about resources and training from the LYCS, a last call to apply to be Ireland's first Youth Ambassador, an invitation to tender from WorldWise Global Schools and an invitation to apply for grant funding from Trócaire. We also have information about a residential seminar for young Entrepreneurs, the latest from the Galway African Film Festival and news of a LEMONOC seminar on improving the quality of learning mobility between the Global North and South.

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IDEA AGM and Annual Conference 2015

Date: 12 June 2015

AGM (IDEA Members Only): 10:00

Annual Conference: 11:00 - 16:00

Venue: Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

Less than two weeks to go to the IDEA AGM and Annual Conference on Universality in Action! Join us to discuss what universality actually means in practice and the essential role for development education in ensuring the Sustainable Development Goals deliver universality in action. This year our keynote speaker is Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women's Lobby. This session will be moderated by Shona Murray, Journalist and Presenter of Newstalk's World in Motion. In the afternoon we'll be holding a conversation cafe to discuss a range of issues affecting development education in the coming years. For those of our members who can't attend the AGM please let us know who you have appointed as your proxy by Friday 5 June. Register now!


Policy and Practice Issue 22: Call for Contributors

The Centre for Global Education is inviting contributions to Issue 22 of its bi-annual, open access, peer-reviewed journal Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review. This issue will be published in March 2016 on the theme ‘New Models of Development in Latin America: Lessons for Development Education’. The theme will explore the sustainable alternatives to capitalism - often rooted in indigenous practice – that have emerged in the continent over the past twenty years. It will consider the lessons that development educators can draw from the new approaches to development adopted by many of the leading economies on the continent. Authors interested in submitting an article should send a 300 word précis to stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com by Friday, 4 September 2015. The submission date for commissioned articles is Friday, 4 December 2015.

The Africa Centre's upcoming conversation group

The Africa Centre are holding a conversation group in Dublin this Saturday 6th June at 3pm. If you're interested in attending, please contact community@africacentre.ie. LYCS Handbook and Training Events The Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS) updated Handbook, Connecting Communities, is now available to download. This handbook provides ready-made workshops for community educators and workers to carry out with groups, to get people thinking on issues such as health, education, inequality and more. They also have a range of trainings and projects coming up this year, including a new global democracy project, some workshops on the issue of water, continuing our work around food issues and our trainings on wealth inequality and women’s issues. Find out more here. If you are interested in attending any workshop, please email deved@lycs.ie or racheldem@lycs.ie to request and application form.

Have what it takes to be Ireland's first UN Youth Ambassador?

The UN Youth Delegate Programme for Ireland, coordinated by the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) with the support of Irish Aid, will see two young people aged 18 to 25 join Ireland’s delegation to the United Nations in New York in September 2015. This is the last chance to apply to be Ireland’s first UN Youth Ambassador – deadline this Friday 5 June. Apply online here or share this with someone you think should apply.

WorldWise Global Schools Final Evaluation - Invitation to Tender

WorldWise Global Schools is inviting interested parties to tender for an end of programme evaluation, which is expected to take place over an 8-month period (August 2015 - March 2016). Click here for detailed Terms of Reference or contact mary.mccarthy@worldwiseschools.ie for more details. Closing date for applications: 22 June 2015.


World Education Forum

The World Education Forum met in Korea on 19-22 May and has produced a draft declaration and “transformative and universal” vision for education between now and 2030. IDEA members may be interested in the shared vision for education that has been articulated by the World Education Forum: “It is inspired by a humanistic vision of education and development based on human rights and dignity, social justice, protection, cultural diversity, and shared responsibility and accountability.” As well as the commitment to quality education and the definition of quality education that includes Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Education, "it also develops the skills, values and attitudes that enable citizens to lead healthy and fulfilled lives, make informed decisions, and respond to local and global challenges through education for sustainable development (ESD) and global citizenship education (GCED).”

Improving the quality of Learning Mobility between the Global North and South

This LEMONOC seminar will focus on analysing mobility for Higher Education Institutions to the Global South. It will involve interactive dialogue, introduction to electronic resources and online self assessment tools. Training will be given on using the tools and resources for good practice in your own organisation. Participation is free. The seminar will take place on 8 June, from 10am - 5.30pm in Kimmage DSC, Whitehall Road, Dublin 12. Register at: https://goo.gl/Zh2MxA. For more information contact tara.mcgrath@umail.ucc.ie.

Galway African Film Festival goes online

The Galway African Film Festival is an annual event that celebrates African Cinema. This year the have introduced a digital component by organising an online Short Film Festival. The Digital Short Film Festival is still available to view and you can vote on your favourite film! The winner of best Short will receive £100 courtesy of the MMBF Trust Fund. They also want to determine if it has increased access to African Cinema so take a moment to fill out the survey on their website. Residential Seminar Open MIC for Young Entrepreneurs Eurobug, International Youth Work Training and Collaboration Limited, is hosting an residential seminar for young Entrepreneurs age 18-30, 1 9-26 July, cost €50. The seminar will focus on Young Entrepreneurs, Youth and Social Enterprises, Youth Entrepreneurship programs and Erasmus+. The aim is to bring together young people, youth/community workers, volunteers, youth activists and social enterprise people together to share their experiences, strengths and hopes with each other. If you have any questions or would like to register please email:eurobuginternational@gmail.com.

Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights

Photographers from around the world are invited to submit photography that encapsulates this theme of ‘Belonging’ for the opportunity to have their work featured in an exhibition hosted by The Irish Centre for Human Rights, the National University of Ireland Galway and The Hunt Museum. This is part of the inaugural Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights taking place July 9-11, 2015. Full details available here.


Mobilising for Justice Grants Scheme

2015 Trócaire is inviting applications for grant funding for development education, campaigning and advocacy projects on global justice issues in the north and south of Ireland under its Mobilising for Justice Grants Scheme 2015. Trócaire's current Organisational Advocacy Campaign is Climate Justice, and applications on this theme are particularly welcome. For further information, please contact either Trish Groves in Maynooth: trish.groves@trocaire.org, or Rosie Murray in Belfast: rosie.murray@trocaire.org. Full details of the scheme, including guidelines and an application form, are available on Trocaire's website. Closing date for applications: 26 June 2015. 


A history of the volunteer: how active citizenship became the big society

David Brindle examines the evolution, from medieval volunteer hospitals to ‘professional’ volunteer support, forever at the mercy of political rebranding

The Guardian, 01 June


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