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E-Circular 25-02-16

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 25 February 2016.
This week we have updates for you on our Development Education and Facilitation Skills Workshop along with the latest from the Challenging the Crisis Campaign. We also have details of events, opportunities, training, and resources from Kimmage DSC, Dóchas, Comhlámh, Young Social Innovators (YSI), Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC), Plan International Ireland, the Centre for Global Education, ActionAid, WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS), Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS), and the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI). We also have the latest in EU and International News, along with the latest top reads and resources.
Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


Development Education Facilitation Skills: A Practical Introduction
On Tuesday, 22 March, we will be hosting a half-day workshop, facilitated by Helena McNeill, that will build the skills and confidence needed to prepare and deliver a good Development Education workshop in which all participants learn with and from each other. Find out more...
Challenging the Crisis News
We are nearing the end of our Challenging the Crisis Campaign, so help us keep the pressure on our MEPs by signing our petition for a European Year for Social and Solidarity Economy

Member & Partner News

Development Education in Theory and Practice - An Educators Resource
Kimmage DSC in parntership with with NGO Support Centre (Cyprus) and Pontis Foundation (Slovakia) on an EU-funded project named UNIDEV – Bridging the gap between theory and practice have just published an educators resource on Development Studies. Find out more...
Dóchas Code of Conduct on Messaging and Images
Dóchas has just released a video explaining their Code of Conduct on messaging and images. The code serves as a framework for organisations to ensure that the images and messages they use are made based on the principles of respect, equality, fairness, solidarity and justice. Find out more...
Monica Corish is facilitating a creative writing workshop for people who have lived and worked in the Global South and would like to tell their story in the Comhlámh Office on Saturday, 5 March. 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
LYCS Fetac Level 6 in Global Development
LYCS is offering free accredited training for people working or involved in local community organisations and projects. The first two days study will take place 15&16 March 2016 and the rest of the course will be held in April and May in central Dublin. Find out more...
Youth Arts Spring School 2016
The Spring School, 8-10 March, is aimed at youth workers with previous experience of visual arts work or singing/music. The  programmes will focus on issue-based arts practice, through visual arts and singing. Find out more...
Call for Youth Advisory Panel Members
Plan International Ireland is looking for young people between 16 and 21, with an interest in development for their Youth Advisory Panel! Members campaign for youth rights by speaking at events, doing press work and advising Plan International Ireland on campaigns. Deadline 11 March. Find out more...
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
Healthy Eating without Costing the Earth
The Centre for Global Education is holding a free half-day workshop on Tuesday, 22 March 2016, 10am to 3pm to increase awareness of sustainable food and the global food system using fun, engaging and participative methodologies. Find out more...
ActionAid: Free Tax Justice and Campaigning Training
ActionAid Ireland is offering free Tax Justice and Campaigning training in Filmbase, Curved Street, Templebar, on Saturday 27 February, 10am – 5pm, in association with the Adult Learner’s Festival. Free lunch and refreshments will be provided. Find out more...

1916-2016 Dialogue Event on Democracy
Lourdes Youth and Community Service (LYCS) is hosting an event on Tuesday, 1 March for community sector participants and workers, adult learners and those interested in active citizenship to discuss the democracy that we have now and that we might have. Find out more...

WorldWise Global School's Global Passport Award
The deadline for the WWGS Global Passport Award is 29 February. The Global Passport is designed to recognise good practice in the delivery of Development Education in post-primary schools. Find out more...

Other News

MakeGood Campaign
A start up campaign has been put together by a small group of concerned citizens to  encourage the new government to keep Ireland's commitment to 0.7% and to ensure that we do not renege on our commitment to do our fair share to eradicate hunger. Find out more...
Developing Your Online Video
The Carmichael Centre is hosting a 1 day training session on how to create videos to promote your business or organisation on 8 March in Carmichael House. Find out more...
TIDI Seminar: The Rise in Global Inequality
Documentary film maker Peadar King will be speaking about the rise in global inequality as depicted his What in the World? documentary series, currently being broadcast on RTE 1 at a seminar hosted by Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI). The event will take place 11 March, 13:00 – 14:00, in the Global  Room, Trinity College Dublin. Find out more... 

EU & International News

Life Long Learning Agora Conference
This conference, taking place on 7-8 March in Mechelen, Belgium, will bring together 250 national experts and showcase dozens of case studies from all over Europe. It will provide the opportunity to learn what are the main challenges ahead and solutions to address pressing challenges such as unemployment, early school leaving, and adult education? Find out more...
Europe for Citizens
The Europe for Citizens programme has listed organisations from around Europe looking for Irish partners before 01 March. Find out more...

Funding Opportunities

Apply For WorldWise Global Schools Grant Call 2015-2016
This call is opening on 02 March to organisations working with post-primary schools and school networks on Development Education The deadline is 08 April. There will be a Grant Application Workshop in the WorldWise Global Schools offices, 2.00pm - 4.00pm, Thursday,10 March. Find out more...
Ireland Funds Announces 2016 Grant Round Schedule
The Ireland Funds has announced the dates for its two funding grant rounds for 2016. The Small Grants Round will be open from 1 March – 4 April 5pm, and letters of inquiry to the Flagship Investments Grant Round will be open from 1 February - 26 February, 5pm. Find out more...

Top Reads & Resources

Ireland to co-chair major UN summit on refugees

World leaders’ event in September aims to sign off on new global policy principles

Irish Times, 15 February
Where do the parties stand on International Development issues?

With the General election fast approaching all the major political parties have issued their manifestos.

Dóchas, 18 February
Great new resource for Primary Schools from GOAL Schools


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