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E-Circular 11-02-16

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 11 February 2016.
This week we have updates for you on our submission on the proposed primary Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics curriculum and the recent trip to Brussels by our Young Global Advocates with the Challenging the Crisis Campaign. We also have details of events, opportunities, training, and resources from Oxfam Ireland, the National Women's Council of Ireland, The Wheel, All Together in Dignity Ireland (ATD Ireland), Development Perspectives, the Latin America Solidarity Centre(LASC), the Centre for Global Education, ActionAid, WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS), Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS), Friends of Londiani, Suas Educational Development, Kimmage DSC and Comhlámh, and Trinity International Development Initiative. We also have the latest in EU and International News, along with the latest top reads and resources.
Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Submission on the proposed primary Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics curriculum
Thank you to everyone who took part in our seminar on the consultation process regarding proposals for the new primary curriculum on Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics on 19 January, hosted by IDEA's Formal Education Working Group and facilitated by the NCCA. The IDEA Formal Education Working Group are preparing a submission to the NCCA. If you would like to participate in this process please contact frank@ideaonline.ie before 17 February.

Challenging the Crisis News
On 28 January the Challenging the Crisis team gathered in Brussels to attend the first European Forum on Social and Solidarity Economy. Young Global Advocates (YGAs) from across Europe jointly held a workshop in the European Parliament on Communications, Education and Training Tools. Our YGAs discussed the power of Development Education, the training they had received on Social and Solidarity Economy and the communication tools that they use throughout the campaign such as the animation (http://www.challengingthecrisis.com/en/social-solidarity-economy/videos/sse-animation/) . Lynn Boylan MEP then publically launched a Written Declaration, inspired by our YGAs, calling for other MEPs to support our goal of European Year for Social and Solidarity Economy. Help us keep the pressure on our MEPs by signing our petition for a European Year for Social and Solidarity Economy.

Member & Partner News

General Election Hustings
Ahead of the 2016 Irish General Election, Oxfam and the National Women's Council of Ireland are offering the opportunity to hear directly from election candidates on what they would do to address rising inequality in the next Programme for Government. Hosted by David McWilliams, the event, on Tuesday, 16 February, 11am-1pm in the Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, brings together political representatives to debate issues including fair taxation, gender equality and access to essential services such as education and healthcare. RSVP to Mary Quinn at campaigns@oxfamireland.org.
The Wheel has invited all the political parties to share their manifesto commitments and policies for the community and voluntary sector at their General Election 2016 Hustings on Thursday, 18 February, (11am-1pm) at the Carmelite Community Centre, 56 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Find out more...
Mark World Day of Social Justice
Join the Irish Committee for the UN Day for the Eradication of Poverty and All Together in Dignity - ATD Ireland on Friday, 19 February, 12:30, at the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay, Dublin to mark World Day of Social Justice. Find out more... (https://www.facebook.com/events/156870151359712/)
GLEN Multiplier Training Cycle
As a member of the Global Education Network of Young Europeans (GLEN), Development Perspectives is offering two places on the GLEN Multiplier Training Cycle which consists of training seminars, an internship and a “practical phase” in which participants use the new experience and skills gained to carry out global education activities. Find out more...
Contradictions of Sustainable Development: Brazil's New Left and Amazonian Environmental Governance
LASC and UNIVED are presenting this talk by Eve Bratman, from the American University, which will focus on the case study of the Belo Monte dam project, and look at various energy and land use issues facing the Brazilian Amazon region. Find out more...
Healthy Eating without Costing the Earth
The Centre for Global Education is holding a free half-day workshop on Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 10am to 3pm to increase awareness of sustainable food and the global food system using fun, engaging and participative methodologies. Find out more... 
Insight 2016 Programme Applications closing 12 Febuary
Just a reminder that applications  for Insight 2016 - an 8 month Development Education programme, run by Development Perspectives, with three weeks spent overseas will be closing on 12 February. Find out more... 
ActionAid: Free Tax Justice and Campaigning Training
ActionAid Ireland is offering free Tax Justice and Campaigning training in Filmbase, Curved Street, Templebar, on Saturday 27 February, 10am – 5pm, in association with the Adult Learner’s Festival. Free lunch and refreshments will be provided. Find out more...

1916-2016 Dialogue Event on Democracy
Lourdes Youth and Community Service (LYCS) is hosting an event on Tuesday, 1 March for community sector participants and workers, adult learners and those interested in active citizenship to discuss the democracy that we have now and that we might have. Find out more...
LYCS Fetac Level 6 in Global Development
LYCS is offering free accredited training for people working or involved in local community organisations and projects. The first two days study will take place mid-March 2016 and the rest of the course will be held in April and May in central Dublin. Find out more...

Friends of Londiani: Harambee 2016
Friends of Londiani have been organising volunteer projects to Kenya since 2002. Applications for the July team have been extended to mid-February, while applications for their November team will close 30 April. Find out more... (http://www.friendsoflondiani.com/en/get_involved/event/Harambee_2016__July.php)
WorldWise Global School's Global Passport Award
Just over 2 weeks left to apply for the WWGS Global Passport Award. The Global Passport is designed to recognise good practice in the delivery of Development Education in post-primary schools. Find out more...
Global Citizenship in Higher Education conference
Suas Educational Development, Campus Engage, Kimmage DSC and Comhlámh are organising a Global Citizenship in Higher Education conference, Tuesday, 23 February, to bring together students, student societies, academics, civic engagement staff, student unions and NGOs and all those who are interested in promoting Global Citizenship in higher education. Find out more...

Other News

Let's Commission for Communities Report
This report published by Clann Credo, the Community Foundation for Ireland and The Wheel, in January, makes strong recommendations about what is needed if we want to continue to benefit from a thriving community and voluntary sector. Find out more...
The United Nations Human Rights Council: Ten Years On
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is hosting the 15th NGO Forum in Dublin Castle on 19 February. Guest speakers will include UN and EU representatives, academics, members of civil society, and Government officials. Find out more...
TIDI Seminar: The Rise in Global Inequality
Documentary film maker Peadar King will be speaking about the rise in global inequality as depicted his What in the World? documentary series, currently being broadcast on RTE 1 at a seminar hosted by Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI). The event will take place 11 March, 13:00 – 14:00, in the Global  Room, Trinity College Dublin. Find out more... 

EU & International News

Join the CIVICUS Youth Action Team
CIVICUS is looking for young people under 30 to join their Youth Action Team and help formulate their youth strategy. Applications close 19 February! Find out more...
Global Learning Programme: New Research Reports
The Development Education Research Centre (DERC) has recently launched two new research reports -  Global Learning in England: Baseline analysis of the Global Learning Programme Whole School Audit 2013–14, and Young people's understandings of global poverty - both written as part of the Global Learning Programme in England. Find out more... 
Webinar by the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity
Join the Education Commission's Live Webinar, 18 February, to find out about the Commission's progress to date and the various ways NGOs, international organizations, government agencies and broader civil society can engage with the Commission's work. Find out more...

Funding Opportunities

Ireland Funds Announces 2016 Grant Round Schedule
The Ireland Funds has announced the dates for its two funding grant rounds for 2016. The Small Grants Round will be open from 1 March – 4 April 5pm, and letters of inquiry to the Flagship Investments Grant Round will be open from 1 February - 26 February, 5pm. Find out more... 

Ulster Bank's Skills & Opportunities Fund Reopens
The Ulster Bank Skills & Opportunities Fund is open for applications until the 19 February, 12:00 pm. The focus for this funding is to support organisations that help people in disadvantaged communities develop, create or access the skills and opportunities they need to help themselves. Find out more... 

Job Opportunities

Consultant needed for Education Scoping Study
Plan International Ireland is looking for an individual consultant to carry out an Education Scoping Study. The study is expected to take a maximum of 20 working days, including reporting and feedback. Deadline 19 February. Find out more...
Global Learning Programme Co-ordinator

The Centre for Global Education is looking for a part-time Global Learning Programme Co-ordinator. Applications should be submitted to the Centre for Global Education by hand or post by 5.00pm on Monday, 22 February. Find out more...

Top Reads & Resources

New to the Parish: ‘We were homesick. Being together made things easier’

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: For three Ethiopian men doing development studies in Dublin, their friendship acts as a buffer against culture shock

Irish Times, 10 February
Political parties must offer long-term vision for an ethical society

In a timely intervention ahead of the election, President Michael D Higgins warns Ireland is not an equal society

Irish Independent, 02 February
Global Inequality has reached its worst level in a Century: It’s time for an economy for the 99% 

The newly minted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are not equal to the challenges confronted by neoliberalism.

Centre for Global Education, 28 January
Here are some great resources from Trócaire for helping students learn about climate justice.


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