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E-Circular 22-04-15

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 22 April 2015. This fortnight, we're looking forward to next week's GENE review meetings, as well as two IDEA events, including a workshop on working collaboratively and an afternoon with Larry Siems, editor of Guantánamo Diary. We also have news about the launch of a new global learning initiative by the Centre for Global Education along with the 10th anniversary edition of their Policy and Practice Review, details of the first Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights, the latest event in The Impact Series, and funding opportunities from the Irish Research Council and WorldWise Global Schools.

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Irish Aid Strategy Review

The meetings for the GENE (Global Education Network Europe) review of development education in Ireland will take place next week and we'd like to thank all our members who took part in the task groups in preparation for this. It has been wonderful to see so many people coming together for what is an important opportunity for the sector to engage with Irish Aid strategy on Development Education. Those who took part in the task groups will meet with GENE representatives ahead of a plenary session, which will be held at Farmleigh House on the 29 April. Invitations have been issued by Irish Aid.

IDEA Good Governance Group

The ‘Good Governance Group’ meets regularly to provide peer support and information-sharing for organisations who are working towards compliance with the Governance Code (http://www.governancecode.ie/) for Community and Voluntary Bodies. Anyone working on the code, or thinking about doing so, is very welcome to join the group. There will be an online meeting on Wednesday 6 May, 11:00 – 12:00. Please contact Susan if you would like to join the meeting, or if you would like more information about the group.

Working Collaboratively: What, Why And How

Join us on 12 May for our active learning workshop on working collaboratively. We will be exploring the benefits and challenges of collaborative work, examining different models for collaboration, and identifying the key steps that need to be taken in order to build a successful collaboration. The workshop will be facilitated by Kieran Murphy of Wholestory Management Consultancy. Find out more here.

Guantánamo Diary: A Conversation with Larry Siems

We are delighted to welcome Larry Siems, the editor of Guantánamo Diary for a conversation with Dr. Audrey Bryan, 18 May, 15:30 – 17:00, at the IDEA Offices. They will be discussing the diary, how he became involved as editor, the issues the diary raises, and how the diary might be used in a Development Education context. Audience members will be invited to respond to excerpts from this powerful text and to reflect upon how it could be used in their own practice. The event is free but please register here in advance.


New global learning initiative launch

The Global Learning Programme is a new formal educational project, managed by the Centre for Global Education and funded by the UK Government, which will enhance global learning at Key Stage 2 and 3. Support spanning 12 months, including high quality teacher training, is provided to all participating schools in Northern Ireland. The programme is off to a great start, with high numbers signing up each week, but there are still limited places remaining in the first round. To find out more, please visit the Centre for Global Education’s website, call 028 9024 1979, or email glp@centreforglobaleducation.com.

Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review (10th Anniversary Edition)

The Centre for Global Education has published a special commemorative, 10th anniversary edition of Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review. The special collection contains the most cited articles to have been published in the journal over the past decade. Featuring contributions by leading scholars in the development education field, this special edition debates issues on the cutting edge of development education practice and the policy environment in which it is delivered. Price £12.00/ €15.00. Copies can be purchased here.

National Conference on Sustainable Development Goals in Education

In recognition of the lead role accorded to Ireland in the international negotiations on the post-2015 global development agenda, the Irish Coalition for the Global Campaign is hosting a national conference on future Sustainable Development Goals in Education this Friday, 24 April, 10:30, in the Mansion House. To register contact Eileen O’Rourke, ASTI Head Office, 01 – 6040170 or email eileen@asti.ie.

Upcoming Annual Conferences

The Dóchas Annual Conference 'Seek to innovate, Prepare for change' will take place on 7 May, 13:30 - 17:30, in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 3. Find out more and register here. The Wheel's Conference and Expo 2015 will be focusing on understanding roles, valuing relationships and sustaining confidence. It will take place 14 May, 9:00 -17:00, in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin 3. Find out more and register here.


Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights

The first Galway International Summer School on the Arts and Human Rights will take place from 9–11 July 2015 in National University of Ireland, Galway. Co-directed by Prof. Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights and Dominique Bouchard, Curator at the Hunt Museum, it will bring together arts practitioners with human rights activists and scholars to explore their shared space. Events will take the form of panel discussions, exhibitions and performances. Find out more here.

The Impact Series: 'Building an Inclusive Recovery'

The next event in The Impact Series being run by Social Entrepreneurs Ireland will focus on the theme of 'Building an Inclusive Recovery'. The event takes place on Tuesday 28 April in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin 8. The panel of speakers will include Kevin Humphreys, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection, Graham Jones, Head Gardener (CEO), Solas Project, Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Visionary and Social Innovator, Founder of Focus Ireland, Elizabeth Waters, Founder, Virtual Community College, & Lynn Ruane, President-elect of Trinity College Students' Union & Graduate An Cosán. Book your tickets here.

Get the Most From Your Google Ad Grant

The Irish Charity Lab is hosting a workshop with online advertising expert David Walker that will show you how to set up and manage campaigns on Google Adwords, with a useful and easy-to-understand technique that will help you increase relevant traffic, conversions and return on your Grant. This will take place on 5 May, 10:00 – 12.30, at Social Entrepreneurs Ireland, 11-12 Warrington Place, Dublin 2. Price is €50 per person (plus booking fee). Find out more.


Irish Research Council partnership with The Wheel

The Irish Research Council (IRC), has announced a partnership with The Wheel aimed at engaging community and voluntary organisations in academic research. As part of the partnership, the IRC is awarding almost €400,000 to support collaborative projects between community and voluntary groups and researchers. Find out more here.

Irish Aid funding for Post Primary Schools

Just a reminder that WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) grant call is still open for applications for funding for development education activities in the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year (i.e. September 2015 – May 2016) The deadline is Sunday 26 April. Find out more and apply here.


5 Takeaways From the Latest SDG Negotiations

The latest round of negotiations (23-27 March) to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) focused on the indicators and metrics meant to track the 17 goals and 169 targets.

Huffington Post, 20 April

Post-2015 development agenda inspires 291 Parliament amendments

A six-page draft resolution on financing for the EU's post-2015 development aid agenda has attracted 291 amendments from MEPs

EurActiv, 20 April


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