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E-Circular 21-09-15

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 21 September 2015.

This week we have a reminder about our upcoming events, including the Action2015 Light the Way event in Dublin on 24 Sept, along with a request for data for our upcoming 'Snapshot of the Sector'. We also have trainings, seminars, and events from Kimmage Development Studies Centre (DSC), the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), ActionAid, UNICEF & The World's Largest Lesson, and the Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC), along with a report from the Centre for Global Education and public consultations/conversations hosted by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), and the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. We also have funding opportunities from St. Patrick's Cathedral, the RBS and the Irish Youth Foundation, job opportunities from the Africa Centre and Waterford One World Centre, and the latest top reads and resources.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie

IDEA News 

Light the way - Action2015
On 24 September,  citizens around the world will be joining together in their countries and communities to #LightTheWay to a better future as leaders declare the Global Goals in New York. Please share this with your networks and join us at 8pm on the Millennium Bridge in Dublin to call on world leaders to bring about an end to poverty, stop inequality and fight climate change. Also please share and sign up to our thunderclapFind out more...

Workshop on Partnerships for Development Education in the Adult and Community Sector
Just a reminder that IDEA's Community Sector Working Group is holding a workshop, exploring partnerships within the specific context of IDEA's Draft Strategy for Development Education in Adult and Community Education. on 24 September, 10:00 - 1:30 (please note the change of time) at the IDEA office. Find out more...

Data Gathering for Snapshot of the Sector
As part of our work on measuring the impact of Development Education, we are looking for data from members on your outputs, outcomes and indicators. Our aim is to create a snapshot of Development Education activity in Ireland today, to reflect the collective impact of Development Education, and to build an ‘indicator bank’ for members to draw on when formulating their own Results Frameworks. We will be contacting you soon about this project and hope all IDEA members will participate. 

Monitoring Workshops
Also, as part of our work on measuring the impact of Development Education, IDEA is working with Comhlámh and Dóchas to host a set of two participatory workshops on Monitoring in Development and in Development Education on Tuesday 6 October and Thursday 8 October. Find out more... 

Member & Partner News

Introduction to Public Health in Humanitarian Emergencies
Kimmage DSC's eight week course on the key aspects of Public Health in a range of emergency situation starts on Thursday, 15 October. Find out more...

Web Safety in Youth Work
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is running a training on web safety in youth work on Monday, 12 Oct., 10-2pm. Find out more... 

Psycho-social Support to Children in the Gaza Strip
A report has just been published on a project delivered in the Gaza Strip by the Centre for Global Education in partnership with a Palestinian NGO called the Canaan Institute. The project involved active learning and development education methodologies. Find out more...

CHANGE OF DATE for ActionAid's Tax Justice Campaign Training in Limerick
ActionAid are providing a free, full-day's tax justice campaign training on 3 October, in the Harbour Hotel, Galway. Please note the change of date for the Limerick session to Sunday 4 October, 9am-6pm in the Clarion Hotel, Limerick. Find out more here and here
Latin America Solidarity Centre: Development Course
Just a reminder that the Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC) will be running an Autumn – Winter course on Latin America Development related issues held weekly in Ballsbridge College from 6:30 – 8:30pm, starting Tuesday, 22 September. Find out more...

Other News 

The World’s Largest Lesson   
The World's Largest Lesson is a global event to teach the whole world about the global goals for sustainable development the week after they have been signed, by world leaders. UNICEF Ireland will be coordinating classroom and social media activities from around the country to ensure as many children as possible learn about the goals. Find out more...

Consultations by The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission 
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission are hosting consultations on their Statement of Strategy all over the country over the next 6 weeks. Make your voice heard on this crucially important issue! Find out more...

The Shame of Poverty: Interview with Prof. Robert Walker
To mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, the Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), with the School of Social Work & Social Policy, TCD & All Together in Dignity (ATD) Fourth World will host Prof. Robert Walker's keynote address on his book ‘The Shame of Poverty’ on 16 October. Find out more...

BAI: Have your say on Irish-produced radio and TV content 
The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is hosting a public conversation in Cork on the 'The Relevance and Future of Irish Content in the Broadcasting Media' on Thursday, 12 Nov. at 6pm.Find out more...

DSA Ireland: Autumn Seminar
Just a reminder that the Development Studies Association (DSA) Ireland's Education Study Group's Autumn Seminar, 'Education and Violent Conflict - Lessons Learnt from Ireland and Africa` will take place on 2 October, 9:15am - 2:00pm in the Kimmage Development Studies Centre (DSC), Dublin 12. Find out more...

Funding Opportunities

Charity Grant Scheme: call for proposals!
Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is inviting applications from charitable and community groups to support specific initiatives that would benefit from the Cathedral’s funds up to the tune of €5,000. Find out more...

RBS Round 2 Skills and Opportunities Fund Now Open
The RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund is  open for applications from charities, social enterprises, community groups and state-funded schools and colleges based in the UK and Ireland. Find out more...

Irish Youth Foundation Children’s Hour Grant Application Now Open
This year the Children's Hour fund is focusing on funding homework clubs, educational programmes and personal development programmes in the voluntary and community sector for children under 12 years of age. Find out more...

Job Opportunities 

The Africa Centre: Public Engagement Officer
The Africa Centre is looking for a Public Engagement Officer. Apply toafricacentrechair@gmail.com by 22 Sept. Find out more...

Waterford One World Centre: Media Specialist
Waterford One World Centre is looking for a Media Specialist to fill a 6-month fixed contract in support of a European Union project on Social and Solidarity Economy. Apply to lucy@waterfordoneworldcentre.com by Tuesday, 22 September. 

Top Reads & Resources

Mary Robinson: How do we power the world without destroying the planet?
Climate change: ‘Those of us in the industrialised countries of the world must take the lead and wean ourselves off fossil fuels’
Irish Times, 17 September

Irish NGOs issue joint letter calling for government action on refugee crisis
Ireland is failing to adequately respond to the biggest refugee crisis since World War II
Dóchas, 7 September

You'll find some great resources on the Global Goals for Sustainable Development here.

If you missed your copy of The World's Best News this morning you can find it online here. A useful resource for starting discussions.  


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