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E-Circular 19-03-14

Dear Members,

We’ve decide to extend the deadline for our survey of young people’s opinions until the 31st March- please share it far and wide with your networks! The survey results will be useful to all IDEA members in advocating for the work we do. You can find it here.

We are delighted to share our first IDEA Calendar with you all- see attached document. Now you can see what IDEA has planned for the year- and pencil in the dates in your diary! Key dates are the 12th and 13th of June- when our AGM and Annual Conference will take place.

One event we’d encourage you to attend if you can is the forthcoming launch of the UN Education For All Global Monitoring Report, taking place next Tuesday 25th in the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Street, Dublin 1. It is an opportunity to discuss Global Citizenship Education and draw the links between local and global development goals- something the development education community has been excelling at for years! See below for details.

IDEA News:

Challenging the Crisis: The Irish Young Global Advocates Network has been established. Interviews were held over the last 2 weeks and successful applicants will meet for the first time this weekend- expect to hear a lot more from them in the future!
Challenging the Crisis Youth Opinion Survey: This important survey, taking place across Europe, has been gathering the opinions of young people on global issues. The deadline has been extended until the 31st of March. The more responses we gather the more valid the survey results will be and the more useful the evidence will be for the whole DE sector. Read more…
IDEA is seeking a freelance consultant to write a report based on the Challenging the Crisis survey findings. Read more…

IDEA Events

Tuesday 1 April, 12 noon – 1 pm. IDEA and NYCI are delighted to present a webinar, Creatively Engaging Young People with Social Justice Issues: Perspectives from Zambia’s Barefeet Theatre Company. Barefeet staff will share a case study example, followed by a Q & A session with webinar participants.  To learn more about Barefeet, check out this great feature story by CNN. This webinar is a great opportunity to learn from, and be inspired by, Development Education practice in the Global South.  There is no fee for the webinar but you must register in advance with Susan. Email susan@ideaonline.ie

Members’ News:

Tuesday, 25th March, Launch of Education for All, the UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2014 by Minister Joe Costello. Organised by the Irish Coalition for Global Campaign for Education. The aim of the launch is to bring individuals and agencies together to familiarise them with the Education for All goals and their importance in securing other development goals. 9:30am- 12:45pm INTO Learning Centre, Parnell Square. For more contact Moira Leydon moira@ASTI.IE  
Comhlámh After Hours is a new regular meet up for Comhlámh members, returned development workers and volunteers. The first one is taking place on March 21st. We’ll have Zambian poet and filmaker Mosten Mutale as a guest speaker. Joining him with some dance and music will be fellow Zambian Micheal Chanda. Date: FRIDAY MARCH 21ST Time: 6pm on. Tea, Coffee and nibbles on the night.
Politics and Society is a new optional subject at Leaving Cert level. Many IDEA members submitted their views when this subject was being developed. You can now read the full syllabus here.

EU News

DEEEP are running a very interesting series of webinars on global education and civil society. Find out more here. If you can’t participate live they record them and make them available afterwards. Read more…


Dóchas is seeking a consultant on a short-term basis to coordinate NGO communications on ODA, Read more…


Belfast, 19th March 2014 CADA, in association with Dochas and Bond will hold a one-day event for NGOs throughout Ireland, in Belfast on March 19th 2014.  This event will focus on 'what makes an effective NGO?' Register with Fiona  Coyle| Programme Officer in Dóchas, fiona@dochas.ie
Thursday 20th March at 6:30 pm. Discover the World of Volunteering with Voluntary Service International (VSI) Info Event:    Irish Aid Volunteer Centre, 27-31 Upper O'Connell St., Dublin 1. Register: info@vsi.ie 
GO to VOTE - Mobilising the Migrant Community to Vote, European Parliament Dublin, 43 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, on Saturday 15th March  from 10am to 3.00pm. info@akidwa.ie or call Egide Dhala at 01-8349851
3D - THE NEXT GENERATION 'The CrissCross Journey Continues'  Medium Term Training Course for Young people & Peer Leaders (18-23 yrs) 8-11 May 2014 AND  19-22 June 2014 | Kippure, Co Wicklow, Ireland. For detailed criteria & ON LINE registration - CLICK HERE
Do you work in education and wish to learn new facilitation or management skills in an international setting? Allow yourself and the staff of your education organization to inspire and refresh yourselves, your teaching and your collaboration, funded by the new EU Programme Erasmus+ Led by the Academy of Visionautics.  Read more...
LISTEN ONLINE: #firstWedsDebates Podcast As part of Fair Trade Fortnight, Comhlámh delved into the relationship between trade and aid. You can listen here.


“The findings of the pilot project suggest very strongly that a properly considered values approach can unleash new or renewed motivation for global learning through Bigger Than Self issues” Interesting thinkpiece from Rob Bowden on values-led education and global learning. Read more…


World Wise Schools grants call is open from 18th March- 16th April. There will be a Grant Application Workshop in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre from 2pm to 4.30pm on Tuesday 25th March. To register to attend the workshop, please contact lizzy.noone@worldwiseschools.ie or call 01 5547450. Read more…

Interesting Links

3 minutes- 1000 years of border changes in Europe! http://loiter.co/v/watch-as-1000years-of-european-boarders-change/
2 minutes- “She’s not sick: She’s a dancer!” Ken Robinson telling a story about our schools, animated by Igloo Animations http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvhJnTPtJNQ
Happy International Day of Happiness! http://www.globaleducationmagazine.com/?s=happiness


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.