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E-Circular 08-04-15

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 8 April 2015. This fortnight, we'll be holding the last task group meetings ahead of the GENE review and welcoming the latest Young Global Advocates to join our Challenging the Crisis team. We have opportunities for continuing professional development with Amnesty’s Rights Sparks and Pobal’s Governance Code Training Programme, how to take part in the 2015 Global Day of Citizen Action, and news about Global Schoolroom’s 2015 Spring Lecture and the launch of the INTO's Global Citizenship School initiative. We're also offering two free places on Development Perspectives residential course, The Hero's Journey, to our members.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Irish Aid Strategy Review: Final meetings

As you may already know, Irish Aid has asked the Global Education Network Europe (GENE) to conduct a peer review of development education in Ireland. To ensure the Development Education sector has a strong voice in this process, IDEA has been facilitating three task groups: one on formal education, one on the adult and community education sector and one on the youth sector, with each group considering successes, challenges, opportunities and strategic priorities for development education in their area, before bringing their recommendations to the GENE team. The final meetings will take place next week: - Adult and Community Task Group: Thursday, April 16, 12 noon-2pm - Formal Education Task Group: Friday, April 17, 11am-1pm - Youth Task Group: Friday, April 17, 2-4pm If you are not already a member of a task group and would like to attend one of the meetings, please email IDEA Director Frank Geary (frank@ideaonline.ie ) with your details. The GENE review will take place the week of 27 April. Irish Aid has issued invitations to the plenary session at Farmleigh House on the 29 April.

Challenging the Crisis

We recently recruited some new Young Global Advocates to join our Challenging the Crisis team. This talented pool of young people will be campaigning for a European Year for Social and Solidarity Economy. Our Young Global Advocates will also be delivering their first Social and Solidarity Economy workshop as part of the campaign at the World Wise Global Schools Annual conference on 21 April. We will be in touch soon about the launch of the campaign.

Advocacy Action for DEAR

Our colleagues at DEEP have informed us that there is no Call for Proposals planned at EU level regarding funding for development education and awareness raising (DEAR ) in 2015. The European Commission is however, open to listening to and discussing options. The CONCORD DARE ( Development Awareness-Raising and Education) Forum, together with TRIALOG and with the support of the CONCORD Funding for Development and Relief (FDR) Working Group are proposing an action plan that will support advocacy actions in the near future. The would like to capture how CSOs feel about the current situation via this questionnaire. The deadline for answers is 27 April.


Free CPD workshops by Rights Sparks

Rights Sparks are holding free Continuing Professional Development workshops for primary school teachers and student teachers on the 18 April. The workshops will help teachers to create development education and human rights education links across the curriculum. Registration for the event is essential. To register or for more information contact: shealy@amnesty.ie 

Call for Organisers for the 2015 Global Day of Citizen Action

For the 2015 Global Day of Citizen Action on 16 May, people around the world will be sharing their views on `civic space’ - the freedoms of expression, association and assembly. You can play your part by hosting an event - find materials here and register your event here. If you have any questions or need further information, please contact: bethechange@civicus.org 

Global Schoolroom’s 2015 Spring Lecture

Global Schoolroom will be holding their 2015 Spring Lecture,"Ireland, India and Empire: shared histories" on Saturday 9 May, 11am - 2pm. This year’s keynote speaker is Dr Kate O'Malley. The lecture will encompass aspects of Irish, Indian, British, Imperial and intelligence history and will be of interest to students, teachers and general history enthusiasts. It will take place in the Mansion House. Tickets are free but due to limited space they must be reserved

Governance Code Training Programme

Pobal has commissioned a Governance Code Training Programme (https://www.pobal.ie/News/Pages/Governance%20Code%20%20National%20Training.aspx) in the form of a series of one-day governance training sessions taking place around the country. The programme is being facilitated by Boardmatch Ireland, Carmichael Centre and The Wheel. Registration, €40 per person, is open to all Pobal funded organisations and any community, voluntary or charitable organisation wishing to implement the Governance Code. For more information contact Margaret Agnew, Governance Code Information Officer, at: info@governancecode.ie.

The Hero’s Journey

This residential course, 17th – 19 April, is an opportunity to face and explore the topic of change through experiential learning in a safe educational environment. Participants will be provided with a holistic experience, exploring the physical, mental and spiritual dimensions of each of us and stimulating reflection, wonder and inspiration about the great challenge that life is. The course will take place in Gyreum Eco Lodge, Corlisheen, Castlebaldwin, Co. Sligo. IDEA has two places to offer to the first two IDEA members who email their interest to info@ideaonline.ie by 5pm, Thursday 9 April. Otherwise, return completed applications by Friday, 10 April to: deborah@developmentperspectives.ie

Seminar: Research and Collaboration Opportunities for School in a Box projects across a range of contexts

School in a Box (SIAB), developed by IADT Dun Laoghaire, is a mobile solar powered digital education solution suitable for any learning environment in remote locations without access to electricity. The ethos of School in a Box is in community engagement and capacity building, working with a Design Driven Innovation (DDI) approach to providing a solution for the needs of end users; from primary school teachers and students high in the Himalayas, to young mothers or illiterate farmers in remote villages in Mozambique, to teachers in over-crowded low resource classrooms. This seminar is organised by the Education Study Group of the Development Studies Association (DSA) Ireland. The main presenter is Linda O'Sullivan, Creative Manager FIS and School in a Box and the seminar will take place at The Global Room, TCD Campus on 14 May, 5-7pm.

Comhlámh’s Coming Home Weekend

This event provides an opportunity for people that have been overseas in a development capacity for 3 months or more to have a space to reflect on that time overseas, understand the process of transition and explore next steps from Ireland. The course will take place on 16-17 May, in the Avila Carmelite Centre, Bloomfield Avenue, Morehampton Road, Dublin 4. The fee for the weekend is €50 and includes all meals and overnight accommodation. All facilitation is by experienced returned development workers and there will be an optional social gathering on Saturday night. For more information please contact Susan: T: 01 478 3490, E: susan@comhlamh.org or click here to book.

Global Citizenship School launched

The INTO's Global Citizenship School initiative was officially launched at the INTO Congress in Ennis on Tuesday, 7 April. It aims to encourage and facilitate primary schools in learning about and acting upon global issues. A Global Citizenship School is a school which promotes a more just, equitable and sustainable world. The initiative is also open to anyone in the Human Rights / Development Education field to promote or make use of the potential of getting whole school involvement across the country. Schools can apply to be admitted before the end of May. More information can be found here.


Disrupt and Innovate

International Civil Society Centre has launched their new website Disrupt&Innovate. Its aim is to extend the discussion about the future of the sector beyond the realm of our usual audience of leaders and experts. The site is open to staff and activists across the civil society sector and to all who are interested in the changing terms for civil society action.


Irish Aid funding for Post Primary Schools WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) offers grant funding to post primary schools and education networks and NGOs to support new - or existing - development education initiatives at post primary level. WWGS' grant call is still open and is inviting applications for funding for development education activities in the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year only (i.e. September 2015 – May 2016). The deadline is Sunday 26 April. Find out more and apply here.


Ebola: media ‘overlooked Africa's role in combating crisis'

African Union says media downplayed Africans’ willingness and ability to deal with Ebola and focused instead on part played by international agencies

The Guardian, 7 April

The Future of Education According to Generation Z 

The two main trends rapidly picking up steam are online learning and vocational training.

Time, 6 April


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