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E-Circular 16-04-14

Dear Members

It is official: 2015 will be the European Year of Development, is this really the “biggest global learning opportunity in Europe- ever”? Find out more by tuning into DEEEP’s webinar on Apr 24th- see below!

If this news makes you happy- then this video might blow your happiness gaskets. Made by the UNDP with survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, it turns conventional impressions of post-disaster life on its head! The lyrics and infectious dancing interact poignantly. AND- it created a viral trend of other videos just like it! “It might seem crazy…” indeed! WATCH. And see below for more videos.

IDEA NEWS and Events

IDEA is looking for an individual or organisation to draft a set of good practice guidelines for development education in adult and community education settings in Ireland.    The guidelines will be shared with practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders, with the overall aim of strengthening development education practice in the adult and community sector. Please see the Terms of Reference attached. Deadline for receipt of applications:    Monday 12 May 2014

Thursday 24 April 13:00-14:00 WEBINAR. Breaking Debt Slavery: Possibilities for Local and Global Debt Justice. A conversation with Argentinian economis Alan Ciblis.

Thursday 15 May 14:00 – 16:30 Teaching About Controversial Issues. IDEA and Ubuntu are hosting a workshop entitled Teaching about Controversial Issues, at NUI Maynooth.  The workshop will be facilitated by Mary Gannon and is aimed primarily at teacher educators, although others are welcome.  Read more…

Apr 23rd: Deadline to send feedback on the draft “Guidelines for Producing Development Education Resources”. IDEA, Dóchas and www.developmenteducation.ie are collaborating to produce this set of Guidelines. We welcome feedback from all IDEA members until April 23rd. Email Eimear at Eimear@ideaonline.ie  for a pdf of the draft guidelines.  Read more…

Last week the Dóchas Development Education Working Group launched their research on “Finding Frames” It is extremely interesting and useful for the development education sector in Ireland. There will be follow up so watch this space. Full report attached.

Members News

Thursday 24th April, Dublin. Debt and Development Coalition together with UCD School of Social Justice are launching “Econo-wha?” and Adult Critical Literacy tool that is FREE and online. The launch will feature panel talks and roundtable discussion. Read more… Email sian@debtireland.org to register.

Teachers! Trainers! Educators! Want free development education resources? The Waterford One World Centre is moving premises and is giving away many of their print resources. Call in to the Centre (18 Parnell Street) any time between now and the end of April and take a look.

Issue 18 of the Centre for Global Education's journal, Policy & Practice: A Development Education Review, has been published and is now available online.  The theme of this issue is ‘Development Education and Film’ which has hitherto been an under-explored medium for the development education (DE) sector despite its potential benefits to practitioners. Read more… and comment on their new facebook page!

Support young people to critically engage in development issues- contribute your comments.  Stand.ie is a new project of Suas that aims to give students a voice on development issues. At the core of Stand is the belief that real change can be achieved and that students are important actors in making change happen. Read more…

High Tea for India! Global Schoolroom are holding a launch of their 2014 programme on Sunday 27th April 2014. There will be Indian teas, delicious snacks, cupcakes, song and dance. The launch will be held 2pm - 5pm at the The chq Building in Dublin 1. Book tickets here.

Members- this is your chance to support one of the very few African themed film festivals in Ireland! The 7th Galway African Film Festival is taking place this May (23rd - 25th). They will screen a variety of first-class movies from different African countries and have set up a FundIt site to help with the cost. Do support this great cultural Dev Ed event. Read more…

EU News

Apr 24th noon: Interesting webinar! 2015: The European Year of Development. It has just been announced that 2015 will be the EU Year of Development. What does this mean for development educators? How can we make this most of this focus? Join DEEEP’s exciting webinar on this topic next week. Read more…

Last week we emailed you to tweet Commissioner Piebalgs with your questions about Global Education. Thank you to those who did! The top five questions submitted were answered and you can read them here.
IDEA travelled to Brussels on Tues 15th to attend a conference exploring the European Citizen’s Initiative. This is a vital tool for building a culture of participatory democracy in the EU- and yet we in Ireland don’t know enough about it! IDEA is hoping to launch a youth-led ECI at the end of this year, as part of our “Challenging the Crisis” project. Find out more about the successes and challenges of the ECI here from an independent campaigner.


Applications are now invited from suitably qualified candidates for a Doctoral Fellowship in The Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education (CHRCE) Closing Date: 12 noon, 2nd May 2014 Further details in relation to vacancies may be obtained at www.spd.dcu.ie/vacancies
SCOOP Foundation are an Irish based non profit working to support education and community development in India and Cambodia. They are currently seeking a new Education Research/Resource Officer to join the team in Ireland, and have been developing an educational resource designed for Irish secondary schools. Read more…


Call for participants. Structured Participation in Democratic Processes - Training on Strengthening Capacities of Youth Organisations. See attached PDF and Word application form.
Tuesday 29th of April, 6 -7.30pm. 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. Register here - and find the complete programme here.
Community Evaluation Northern Ireland (CENI) ave a number of trainings coming up related to measuring outcomes. To book a course go here or email Gladys Swanton, Gladys@ceni.org The courses include:

  • Planning and Evaluating Your Outcomes Date: 29th April 2014
  • Evidencing Your Outcomes: Methods and Tools Date: 13th May 2014
  • Analysing and Reporting on your Outcomes Date: 10th June 2014 

"Responsible Development in a Polycentric World": Registration open for the 14th EADI General Conference, 23 - 26 June 2014, Bonn http://gc2014.org For the first time ever, this annual event will include four working sessions on development education! These sessions are organised by the EADI Working Group "Global Learning meets Development", of which DEEEP is co-convenor. If you can attend this event and represent the voice of development education we strongly encourage you to go!

As part of a global campaign to raise awareness about civic space and threats to freedom of expression, association and assembly CIVICUS will be coordinating a Global Day of Citizen Action. The plan is to have a series of events around the world on the same day: 7 June 2014. With materials provided, organisations will prompt individuals on the street asking them one simple question, "Are you free to: speak out / organize / take action?" Individuals will be asked to put their answer on a board and the organizers will then take a photo of the individual holding the board. The photo will be uploaded online and shared through Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #BeTheChange. The rationale for this action is that it is simple and directly engages with individuals around the issue of civic space and civic freedoms. Participate:

Email them at bethechange@civicus.org and let us know that you are interested in participating in our Global Day of Citizen Action
Log on to their online platform www.youcanbethechange.com , share your story and read about other campaigns around the world!


Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of education, training and youth and for the first time will provide support for sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the education, training and youth sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules. 3 deadlines coming up! Read more…

Interesting links:

More “Happy” videos collected by Hans Zomer from Dóchas


Riding the wave of change, great animation with provoking questions:


Some provocative cartoons about NGOs from Dóchas!


“Leaving school was the best decision I ever made” Interesting new documentary-in-the-making from Canada exploring the experience of First Nations families in mainstream education



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.