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E-Circular 14-01-16

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year from the IDEA Team and welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 14 January 2016.

To start the new year off we are hosting a seminar on the consultation process regarding Education About Religions And Beliefs (ERB) And Ethics and you can read our report on the Attitudes of Young Adults towards Global Development and Social Justice. We also have details of opportunities, training, and resources from Developmenteducation.ie, UCDVO, Trócaire, Concern Worldwide, EIL Intercultural Learning, Development Perspectives, The Wheel, St. Patrick's Cathedral, AONTAS and DSA Ireland. We also have a funding opportunity from Pobal and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, along with the latest top reads and resources.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Seminar on Consultation Process regarding Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics

IDEA's Formal Education Working Group invites you to attend an NCCA facilitated seminar on the consultation process regarding proposals for the new primary curriculum on Education about Religions and Beliefs (ERB) and Ethics on Tuesday 19 January, 10:30am-1pm in the IDEA offices, 6 Gardiner Row. Places are limited so please RSVP by lunchtime Monday 18 January to: mella.cusack@gmail.com. Find out more... 

Challenging the Crisis News

Our report on the attitudes of young adults towards global development and social justice is now available. The survey was targeted at young people aged 16-30 from the European countries mostly affected by the economic crisis, including Portugal, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Slovenia and Spain. Find out more... 

Member & Partner News

New website for developmenteducation.ie

Developmenteducation.ie has launched it's new website including a section on Development Issues, an Integrated Resources Library, an Educator's Toolkit and a new infographics section.

They are also seeking feedback on the site and its services. If you used the website any time in 2015, please take a few minutes to fill out this very short survey.

Development Perspectives Insight 2016 Programme

Applications are now open for Development Perspectives Insight 2016 educational programme for adults who want to learn more about the world around them and who want to make the world a fairer, more just, sustainable place. Deadline 12 February. Find out more... 

UCDVO Development Film Series 2016

The UCDVO Development Film Series will take place in the UCD Student Centre Cinema in February 2016. Films are being screened every Monday at 6pm, starting on the 1st of February until the 29th of February 2016. Find out more... 

Volunteer with EILExplore's Global Awareness Programme

EILExplore's Global Awareness Programme (GAP) in partnership with the Global Citizen Award are offering the opportunity to volunteer for 8 weeks in a global goals-based project on an Quality Education, Good Health, Gender Equality or Life on Land placement in Thailand, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala or South Africa. Deadline 09 February. Find out more... 

Trócaire: Youth Group Development Education Workshops

From this January, Trócaire is offering free tailored global justice workshops to groups throughout Ireland with a minimum of 15 young people aged 15 –25. Find out more... 

Designing for Community Resilience Initiative

The design competition funded by Irish Aid and coordinated by the DTC Research Group together with Engineers Without Borders Ireland in partnership with Concern Worldwide is being launched on Tuesday, 19 January. Find out more... 

Demistifying EU Funding

The Wheel is holding a series of events, in collaboration with EU experts Access Europe, outlining EU funding available to Irish civil society groups. Find out more...

Other News

Remembering the Past: An Exploration of Memory

Ahead of the 1916 commemorations, St Patrick's Cathedral is hosting a day-long symposium on history and memory on 23 January, 10:00 to 16:00. Speakers include Professor Nigel Biggar of Oxford University, Professor Mary Daly of the Royal Irish Academy, Dr Brad Anderson of the Mater Dei Institute, and Dr Wolfgang Marx of UCD. Find out more...

Report on Child and Youth Development

A new report from the Case for Space Initiative entitled From Rhetoric to Action: Understanding the Enabling Environment for Child and Youth Development Around the World, investigates the conditions for child and youth development and identifies how they might be improved. Find out more... 

10th AONTAS Annual Adult Learners’ Festival

AONTAS is encouraging groups, organisations and businesses nationwide to celebrate learning by hosting learning events during the 2016 Adult Learners’ Festival, 22-27 February. Find out more... 

DSA Ireland looking for submissions

DSA Ireland is looking for submissions for its Policy Briefs and Working Papers Series. Find out more...

Funding Opportunities

Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO) 2016 -2019

The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government are now inviting applications from eligible national organisations, in the Community and Voluntary sector, to apply to Pobal, who have been appointed to administer and manage this new round of funding of the ‘Scheme to Support National Organisations’ (SSNO) for the period 2016 - 2019.

The closing date for applications is 12:00, 8 February. Find out more... 

Top Reads & Resources

Barry Andrews: Refugee problem cannot wait for us to get our house in order 

It is incredible to hear Irish politicians say that we should bear in mind that there are still people on housing lists as though we should wait until all social problems are addressed before demonstrating solidarity for those fleeing crippling violence.

Irish Times, 7 January

An Update from Calais 

Maurice Mc Dermott was one of the participants in Comlámh's online pre-decision course. Here he writes about his time volunteering in Calais in solidarity with the refugees living in the Calais refugee camp.

Comlámh, January 2016

2016 is UN International Year of Pulses! Here's a video from the UN explaining what pulses are and why are they important crops for food security.

The Lifelong Learning Platform has published a position paper on Education to Foster Intercultural Understanding  as part of the commemoration of the January 2015 attacks in Paris against freedom of speech.


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