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E-Circular 24-03-16

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 24 March 2016.
This week we have updates for you on our upcoming seminars, as well as the last call for support for the Challenging the Crisis Campaign. We also have details of events, opportunities, training, and resources from National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), Comlámh, Centre for Global Education, Trócaire, Dóchas, Young Social Innovators (YSI), The Wheel, the Carmichael Centre, the Sheehy Skeffington Human Rights School, and Claiming our Future. We have the latest in EU and International News, and some work and funding opportunities, along with this week's top resources and reads.
Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Annual Grants 2016
Feedback letters relating to the Irish Aid Development Education Annual Grants will be issued in the coming week. As mentioned before, IDEA will be sending a response to Irish Aid regarding this Annual Grants round. In order for us to have a full picture of its impact on the Development Education sector, we are asking our members to provide us with information about their applications, and the grants and feedback received. To facilitate this, please complete this short questionnaire by Friday, 01 April.
Please also feel free to contact us at the IDEA office at frank@ideaonline.ie if we can provide any other support.
Information Session on the 2016 DEAR Call
The European Commission launched a Call for Proposals for “Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union”, known as the 2016 DEAR Call, on 18 March. IDEA will hold an information session and discussion about the Call at the IDEA office on 07 April, 11.00 – 12.30. Frank Geary, IDEA Director, who attended the launch, will update IDEA members on the information provided by the European Commission. If you would like to attend please email eimear@ideaonline.ie.
This event is for IDEA members only.

Development Education Conversation Series
Session One: Global Citizenship Education

IDEA will be running a series of Development Education Conversations throughout 2016.  These will be informal evening sessions, providing the opportunity for anyone interested in Development Education to explore various aspects of theory and practice. We are delighted that our first session will be convened by Maria Barry (PhD fellow at the Centre for Human Rights & Citizenship Education, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra) on Tuesday 19 April, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, in the IDEA Office. Find out more... 

Challenging the Crisis News

Just one week left to go for our Challenging the Crisis Campaign! If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to sign our petition for a European Year for Social and Solidarity Economy. Every signature counts!

Member & Partner News

NYCI: Launch of Screenagers Research
Earlier this month the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) launched a report on the use of ICT, Digital and Social Media in Youth Work in Ireland (North and South), Austria, Denmark and Finland. Find out more...
Open call to join the first Irish Human Rights Festival
The first Irish Human Rights Festival will take place 25 November - 10 December 2016, encompassing key dates in the human rights calendar. Organisations and groups can take part by organising an event and contributing to festival promotion. Next meeting is Monday, 4 April.  Please contact pattanasio@amnesty.ie if you are interested in joining. Find out more...
Comlámh: Palestine/Israel Development Education Course
Comhlámh is hosting a Development Education course for anyone who wants to learn about the ongoing conflict in Palestine and Israel. This will run from 07 April - 12 May. Find out more...
Centre for Global Education: Global Issues Seminar series 2016
The Centre for Global Education has organised a Global Issues Seminar series 2016 running over six weeks, starting on 13 April. The seminars will debate topical development issues and each session will be facilitated by a leading development practitioner. Find out more... 
Trócaire: Thunderclap for Climate Change
For Lent 2016 Trócaire is running a social media campaign for students in post-primary schools, teachers and other Trócaire supporters and social campaigners. Sign up to their thunderclap before 20 April and help spread the #ClimateActionNow message. Find out more...
Dóchas: 2016 Irish Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals
Dóchas has an exciting lineup for their 2016 Irish Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals, including Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, and Erik Solheim, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee. The conference will take place on 05 May, in Croke Park. Find out more...
Creating a Better World Exhibition - Invitation to Exhibit
The Young Social Innovators Awards and Showcase on 10 May 2016 will have 5,000 teenagers and their teachers from schools throughout Ireland participating. If you are interested in exhibiting or would like to find out more, please contact Emma Weafer at emma.weafer@youngsocialinnovators.ie.

Real Tools to bring about Real Change
The Centre for Global Education & Queen’s University Belfast School of Education are hosting a practical session on ways to engage young people in authentic active citizenship projects on Tuesday, 17 May, facilitated by Jamie Kelsey-Fry author of the groundbreaking youth empowerment text the Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit. To find out more, contact stephen@centreforglobaleducation.com.
The Wheel: Conference and Expo 2016
The Wheel's Annual Conference and Expo 2016 will take place in Croke Park on 24 & 25 May. This year's Lecture will be delivered by the internationally acclaimed philosopher Prof. Philip Pettit. Find out more...

Other News

Carmichael Centre: Trainings in April
The Carmichael Centre is running a number of trainings in April covering Social Media, Child Protection, the Governance Code, Board Roles and Responsibilities, Fundraising for Small Community Groups, and how to make successful Grant Applications. Find out more...
Sheehy Skeffington Human Rights School
This year's Sheehy Skeffington Human Rights School will take place on Saturday 16 April in the Ireland Institute (Ionaid an Phiarsaigh), 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 and will focus on 'The Irish Citizen in 2016 - Revival, Revolution and Rights.' Find out more...
For the Diary: Claiming our Future, Civil Society Event
Claiming our Future will host a Civil Society Event, on 18 June, in the Mansion House. More details to follow. Find out more...

EU & International News

CIVICUS urges African Union to act on anniversary of imprisonment of youth activists
Global civil society alliance CIVICUS is urging the African Union (AU) to demand the immediate and unconditional release of Congolese youth activists arrested at a press conference in a youth centre in Kinshasa to launch a youth forum created to inspire and educate young people in DRC to perform their civic duties. Find out more...
Guide to the CONCORD strategy 2016 - 2022
CONCORD, the European Federation for Relief and Development, has released a video guide to their new strategy for 2016 - 2022. Find out more...
Submit your questions to Candidates for UN Secretary-General
As part of the process of appointing a new Secretary-General to the UN, the Office of the President of the General Assembly (OPGA) has called for questions from civil society that can be asked of UN Secretary-General candidates during UN General Assembly dialogues with the candidates that will begin in April 2016. Find out more...
Caritas Europa: Report on impact of EU policies on accessing protection
Caritas Europa has just launched a report Migrants & refugees have rights! Impact of EU policies on accessing protection to add to the political debate and propose solutions to the ongoing tragedy of migration. Find out more...

Job Opportunities

Gorta-Self Help Africa: External Evaluator Of Development Education Programme
Gorta-Self Help Africa is seeking an external facilitator to measure the effectiveness, overall impact and the extent to which expected outcomes or otherwise of the Development Education programme have been achieved. Deadline for submission of tenders is COB, 30 March 2016. Find out more...
Comhlámh: Volunteer Engagement Project Officer (Maternity Cover)
Comhlámh is looking for a Volunteer Engagement Project Officer (VEPO), who will play a key role in supporting all strategic areas of Comhlámh’s work and coordinating an Erasmus+ funded project on active citizenship. Deadline 06 April. Find out more...

Funding Opportunities

The Community Foundation for Ireland Announces Grants
Over €600,000 will be awarded to community and voluntary groups across Ireland to increase the sense of belonging in Ireland for Refugees, Transgender Identities and Experiences, and Families at Risk of Homelessness is now open. All applications are online and the closing date for this Grant Scheme is 4.30 p.m. Friday, 22 April. Find out more...
Apply For WorldWise Global Schools Grant Call 2015-2016
This call opened on 02 March to organisations working with post-primary schools and school networks on Development Education The deadline is 08 April. Find out more...
Ireland Funds Announces 2016 Grant Round Schedule
The Ireland Funds Small Grants Round for 2016 is open until 04 April, 5pm. Find out more...
DEAR Call 2016

On 18 March the European Commission launched a Call for Proposals for “Raising public awareness of development issues and promoting development education in the European Union” known as the 2016 DEAR Call. The deadline for concept notes is 01 June. Find out more... 

Top Resources

Case Study: Using Technology to Explore Global Issues
This case study outlines the learning from a collaboration by GOAL and Bridge21 on a three-day workshop utilising the Bridge21 learning model that supports team-based, technology-mediated, project-based and cross-curricular learning. Find out more...
Useful resource from CONCORD deconstructing the myths around migration and development.
Great resource from the Advocacy Initiative to help community and voluntary sector organisations assess and strengthen their advocacy.
Interesting video of Patrick Paul Walsh speaking about the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, from TEDxFulbrightDublin.

Top Reads

Does voluntourism do more harm than good?
If volunteers are truly to help communities overseas, charities and NGOs must take the time to match their skills with the right projects.
The Guardian, 21 March

Next government has chance to build a fair, just society
The next government has a unique opportunity to develop a programme for government that will move Ireland towards being a society characterised by solidarity and fairness.
Irish Independent, 15 March

That Word ‘Illegal’
In these days of ‘crisis’ summit meetings, ‘floods’ of migrants ‘swarming’ at borders, ‘security’ forces ‘overwhelmed’ and Europe facing an ‘unprecedented’ crisis, words take on added significance as we search for a language that matches our feelings.
Developmenteducation.ie, 21 March


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