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E-Circular 25-03-15

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for March 25, 2015.

This fortnight, we're looking for your feedback on this round of Irish Aid Annual Grants and welcoming new additions to the IDEA team. We have opportunities for you to make change happen via the Ideas Collective and the "Act Now on 2015" campaign. We also have details of a focus group session on the new draft Business Studies specification for Junior Cycle, the Global Dialogues Contest, and the Carmichael Centre's 20th Good Friday Concert.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


New Additions to the IDEA Team

We would like to welcome two new members of the IDEA team. Aoife McNamara, is our new campaigns officer for the EU funded 'Challenging the Crisis Project'. She is liaising with EU project partners and the Young Global Advocates to establish a campaign strategy and implement related activities. Éimear Green is our new communications and events officer and she will be managing our communications, including the E-Circular and website, as well as co-coordinating our events.

Irish Aid Annual Grants 

Many of you received news recently about your applications to the Irish Aid Annual Grant Scheme for 2015.

As in previous years, 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 01 April.

Please contact us at the IDEA office if we can provide any other support. 


Interested in junior cycle developments?

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment have developed a new draft Business Studies specification (syllabus) for Junior Cycle, which is now available for consultation. As part of the consultation process, we would like to hear the views and opinions of educators and interest groups on the proposed specification.  

A focus group session is being organised as part of this process to hear feedback on the specification on Friday, 10th April in Dublin.  

If you're interested in participating, please contact Aoife Rush, who will be happy to answer any questions. Numbers are limited to get in touch early!
Email: aoife.rush@ncca.ie, Telephone: (087) 9526140

Act Now for a more credible Government position on SDGs

As part of the "Act Now on 2015" campaign and in the context of the European Year for Development, Dóchas is asking people across Ireland to write to their TDs, to ensure a clearer Irish position on overseas aid. 

The issue of how to finance the new "Sustainable Development Goals" will be the key topic at the upcoming Financing for Development Summit in Addis Ababa in July. Dóchas believes that Ireland needs a more credible position than the current government line which is: "We are deeply committed to the 0.7% target and will achieve it as soon as economic circumstances allow." 
Please ask your colleagues and staff to write to their TDs or write a letter to the newspapers using the letter and arguments you can find here for inspiration.

Bringing people together for a new understanding on climate change

The Climate Gathering is working with Christian Aid, Ibec, Irish Congress of Trade Unions, The Environmental Pillar and Trócaire to stage a series of conversations, lectures and debates in 2015 with the theme “Bringing people together for a new understanding on climate change”.

Please find below the list of upcoming events:

26 March - Session II: ‘A New Economy’, The Stanley Quek Hall, TCD Biomedical Sciences Building ·
8 April - Session III: ‘The Sustainable Use of Our Land’, Guinness Storehouse ·
20 April - Session IV: ‘Prophetic Voices’, Christ Church Cathedral ·
10 May - Session V: ‘The Call to New Horizons’, Abbey Theatre

Find out more at http://bit.ly/1EzbaSA

The Ideas Collective: Making Change Happen

The Ideas Collective is a part-time programme run by Suas over the course of 100 days for 20-25 motivated individuals or groups with an idea for a social or environmental action project. They are currently looking for applicants who want to learn about how change happens and who have the desire to create change.  
If you have ideas for projects, Suas wants to support you to develop and implement these as part of The Ideas Collective in summer 2015. Apply by 13 April.

Further information is available at: http://www.stand.ie/ideas/



Global Dialogues Contest
The Global Dialogues contest is a unique opportunity for young people to address taboo subjects by creating stories for short films about issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexuality, violence against women, or drugs, alcohol and sex.

Prizes include the opportunity for participants to see their story, theatre piece, poem, song or drawing become a short movie that will be screened worldwide. They can take part by creating a fictional story or telling a true story that they have experienced and want people to know about. The juries reviewing the stories are not only looking to select the winners, but also want to gain a deeper understanding of young people’s thoughts and feelings on these issues.

Winning ideas will be turned into Global Dialogues films by some of the world’s top directors. Apply by 31 March.

Find out more on the Global Dialogues website

Carmichael Centre Good Friday Concert
The Carmichael Centre will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of their Good Friday Concert on April 3rd 2015 in the wonderful and evocative setting of St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 8pm.
This year The Goethe—Institut Choir and Gaudete Chamber Choir will be performing Elgar’s 'The Dream of Gerontius'. This is Elgar’s largest composition, based on a poem by Cardinal John Henry Newman. It is a deeply spiritual oratorio with plenty of dramatic and vivid episodes and is considered one of the most popular works of English music.

Tickets are €25.
Find out more and book you tickets here 


Call for Proposals for Transformative Knowledge Networks

The ISSC and its partners are inviting applications for proposals for Transformative Knowledge Networks for the recently launched Transformations to Sustainability Programme. Three Transformative Knowledge Networks will each be supported with up to €900,000 over three years.  
The Programme aims to address global sustainability challenges by supporting research on the complex processes of social transformation needed to secure effective, equitable and durable solutions. It will enable social scientists to develop knowledge networks that will both strengthen social science leadership in global change and sustainability research and foster on-the-ground progress towards greater sustainability.
The Knowledge Networks will be led or co-led by social scientists in low- and middle-income countries, and will involve the relevant academic disciplines and societal stakeholders in truly co-designed and co-implemented solutions-oriented research.  
For more information please contact: Ms. Sarah Moore, Programme Coordinator or Ms. Connie Bellonie, Programme Administrator.
Email: transformations@worldsocialscience.org.. Apply by 23.59 South African time, March 31.


Trócaire programme brings climate change into the classroom

Global warming is often associated with distant lands, so Trócaire’s Development Education Team is working with teachers to show young people how they can help the planet

 Irish Times, March 17


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.