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E-Circular 30-04-14

Dear Members

European and Local elections are coming up- I’m sure you’ve see all the new faces on the lampposts of our streets! Make sure you ask your candidates where they stand on issues of local and global social justice and climate change. Many IDEA members are organising events where you citizens can meet candidates and have their say. See below- Trócaire and The Wheel both have events coming up.

IDEA is delighted to invite you to our Annual General Meeting and Annual Conference on the 12th and 13th June! The conference is titled “What to Learn NOW for the Future We Want”. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be asking you what YOU think we, in Ireland, should be learning NOW to create a more just and sustainable future. More details on both the AGM and Conference will be forwarded to members soon. See below.  Please feel free to share the attached flyer.

IDEA NEWS and Events

IDEA is looking for an individual or organisation to draft a set of good practice guidelines for development education in adult and community education settings in Ireland.    The guidelines will be shared with practitioners, policy makers and other stakeholders, with the overall aim of strengthening development education practice in the adult and community sector. Please see the Terms of Reference attached. Deadline for receipt of applications:    Monday 12 May 2014 Read more… 

Monday 26 May from 2:00 – 4:00 pm IDEA’s Community Sector Working Group is holding an open meeting to progress its Strategy for DE in Adult & Community Settings.  The meeting will take place in Eco-Unesco, The Greenhouse, St Andrews St, Dublin 2.  Anyone interested in the integration of DE into Adult & Community Education is welcome to attend, please email Susan@ideaonline.ie to register.

Thursday 15 May 14:00 – 16:30 Teaching About Controversial Issues. IDEA and Ubuntu are hosting a workshop entitled Teaching about Controversial Issues, at NUI Maynooth.  The workshop will be facilitated by Mary Gannon and is aimed primarily at teacher educators, although others are welcome.  Read more…

27th May 12:00 – 13:00. All about ECIs (European Citizens’ Initiatives) Challenging the Crisis/IDEA Webinar. The European citizens' initiative (ECI) invites citizens to participate directly in the development of EU policies, by presenting legislative proposals to the European Commission. An ECI petition has to be signed by at least one million EU citizens from at least 7 out of 28 member states.  Charlotte Rive of the European Commission will take us through the overall process of doing an ECI, and Jerry Van Den Berge of Right 2 Water will present the example of the successful ECI run by his organisation. IDEA and our European Partners will develop a European Citizens Inititiave - initiated by our network of Challenging the Crisis youth advocates - later this year.

13th June, 9:30am- 4pm. Wynn’s Hotel, Dublin 1. What to Lear NOW for the Future We Want. 2014 IDEA Annual Conference.
Keynote Speaker: Amitabh Behar, co-chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty, and Executive Director of the National Foundation for India. More speakers to be announced.
Presentation of survey findings on young people’s attitudes to global development issues by Challenging the Crisis Young Global Advocates.
Interactive conversations with educators and representatives of Irish and International civil society organizations. Read more…

Members News

1 May, 7pm, Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. Stand for Social Justice. Trócaire, The Society of St Vincent de Paul, and Social Justice Ireland have invited Dublin MEP candidates to outline their positions on tackling child poverty, social exclusion, overseas development assistance, protection of human rights, and climate change, and to debate these issues with members of the public. Journalist, Mick Clifford, will chair the event. A Q&A session will follow where audience members will be welcome to put their questions on social justice issues to the candidates.  For more information or to RSVP please contact Janine Heavey, E: JHeavey@trocaire.ie.

3- 5 May: Introduction to Natural Building with Saul Mosbacher at Carraig Dúlra. This is a hands-on course! You will learn to build using a range of natural materials with a mixture of techniques including: Cob (Mix of sub soil and straw) and Cord Wood ( Logs and clay mortar with sawdust insulation). You will learn how to build walls, how to test subsoil, how to mix cob and natural insulation and see the wide possibilities for building inexpensive beautiful and natural buildings both small and large while having fun. You can sign up for one, two or all three days. Cost is €65 for any one day, €120 for two days, or €175 for three days. Coffee/tea and vegetarian lunch are included. Read more...

Apply now: Creativity & Change is about creativity and its power to ignite empathy, passion and learning about our interconnected and interdependent world. It connects how we think, live and act in the world and considers how we can live as connected global citizens becoming part of the changes we want to see.  Seven  2/3 day blocks Oct 2014 to May 2015. CIT approved Special Purpose Award at Level 8 (10 credits) certificate supported by Irish Aid. http://www.creativityandchange.info

1st Weekend: 13-14 June, 2nd Weekend: 27-28 June 2014 A Train the Trainer Course (FETAC Level 6)
 hosted by Cultivate Living and Learning in association with NICER Training. Using an active learning approach along with innovative techniques, materials, exercises, tools and templates, this FETAC Level 6 Train the Trainer course is for anyone considering a new career path in training, or for established trainers and facilitators wanting to build their capacity to work in more experiential and interactive ways - techniques such as Open Space and World Café. WeCreate Workspace, Cloughjordan Ecovillage, Read more…

BOOK: Development Education in Policy and Practice, out now! This is a new collection on development / global education published this week by Palgrave MacMillan.  With contributions from an international cast of authors who are leading practitioners in the sector, this is an invaluable guide to development education practice and the policy environment in which it is delivered. Read more…

EU News

Catch up on the news about the European Year for Development 2015 by watching the recording of the DEEEP Webinar with Tobias Troll (DEEEP), Joanna Maycock (CONCORD), Fionuala Cregan (GCAP), Inese Vaivare (Co-Chair of the EYD2015 steering committee) and Conny Reuter, Secretary General of SOLIDAR. Read and watch more…


·Meet Your Local MEP Candidates Face to Face. Ireland goes to the polls on Friday, 23 May to elect our MEPs. And with the Nice Treaty having instilled greater powers in the European Parliament, it is crucial that all citizens are fully informed and ready to cast their votes. The Wheel has arranged a series of European Election Hustings across Ireland in the coming weeks. They have invited all declared MEP candidates to speak at the hustings. The Wheel has asked each candidate to speak in the context of the Shaping Europe's Future paper that emerged from an earlier series of EU-related events held in the autumn of 2013. Presentations will be followed by a facilitated Q&A session between the candidates and attendees. The event will also include a complimentary lunch. Register for your local hustings event below:

Cork: Weds, 30 April, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Kildare: Weds, 7 May, 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Dublin: Weds, 14 May, 1.30pm - 4.30pm

Applications are now invited from suitably qualified candidates for a Doctoral Fellowship in The Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education (CHRCE) Closing Date: 12 noon, 2nd May 2014 Further details in relation to vacancies may be obtained at www.spd.dcu.ie/vacancies

Apply for Open Society Fellowship grants. The OSF grants have been established to support individuals pursuing innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. Project themes should cut across at least two areas of interest to the Open Society Foundations. Among these are human rights, government transparency, access to information and to justice, and the promotion of civil society and social inclusion. Deadline Aug 4 2014. Read more…

8th May: Trin Talk – Development in Action Seminar. Flagship dissemination event for development research in Trinity and beyond.  It is an exciting and innovative new format which will have an integrated set of speakers tackling a key issue in development.  Our next Trin Talk will look at the future of HIV treatment in Africa, with presentations from Dr. Andrew Kambugu, Head of Research, Infectious Disease Institute (IDI), Kampala, Uganda and Prof. Sam McConkey, Head of the Clinical Infectious Disease & Tropical Medicine Service, Beaumont Hospital.  All welcome. Venue: The Knowledge Exchange, The Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College Dublin

27 May The Advocacy Initiative is holding its 6th Knowledge Exchange Forum, entitled ‘Visualising Advocacy – Creative Strategies for Social Change’, at the Science Gallery, Dublin 2. The aim of the Forum is to bring together advocates, campaigners and artists to share experience and information, look at how advocacy is visualised in Ireland and to learn from international practice. Berlin based company Tactical Technology Collective will kick off the day with an interactive presentation on how creativity can support progressive social, political and environmental change.

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