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E-Circular 26-11-15

Welcome to the IDEA E-Circular for 26 November 2015.

This week we have the GENE report, that was launched this week, along with details of our upcoming austerity workshop, our workshop on how can we work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and our webinar on European Funding Opportunities for Development Education. We also have trainings, conferences, and events from Concern Worldwide, Plan Ireland, Kimmage Development Studies, the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI), UCD Volunteers Overseas, and the People's Climate March. You can also check out the latest EU and International News, along with our top reads and resources for the week.

Got news for us? Email eimear@ideaonline.ie


GENE Report Launch
The Global Education Network Europe (GENE) launched their report ‘Global Education in Ireland’ in Iveagh House, Dublin, on Tuesday, 24 November. Irish Aid invited GENE to conduct the first peer review of Global Education and Development Education in Ireland. IDEA members have been deeply engaged in this process through Task Groups on Formal Education, Youth Sector and Adult and Community Sector which developed strategic priorities, recommendations and analysis for the GENE review. This work by IDEA was acknowledged at the report launch by Seán Sherlock TD, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs, and Helmuth Hartmeyer, Chair of GENE. You can read the report here and in particular the submissions from the IDEA Task Groups which are included as appendices to the report. 

Austerity Workshop

IDEA’s Community Sector Working Group is running an Austerity Workshop on Thursday 3 December at the IDEA offices, from 10:00am (coffee and registration at 9:30am) until 1:00pm. The workshop is suitable for anyone engaged in any level of Development Education and wishes to know more about the connectedness of local and global debt issues.  The workshop is FREE but please register in advance with susan@ideaonline.ie.  Find out more...

Workshop: How Can We Work Together To Achieve The SDGs?
If you're an NGO or Civil Society actor join us on the 26 November, 17:30 - 19:30,  in the IDEA offices for a workshop led by our Young Global Advocates on the Sustainable Development Goal agenda. You'll have the opportunity to examine the relevance of the SDGs to your social justice work whether in Ireland or abroad, along with possibilities to network with other civil society actors to discuss possible collaboration in your work towards social justice. Find out more...

Webinar on European Funding Opportunities for Development Education
This webinar, taking place on Tuesday 8 December 12:00 to 13:00 (GMT), will provide an overview of the current European funding landscape for Development Education. IDEA Director Frank Geary will introduce the topic and will be joined by Maarten Coertjens, Advocacy Officer at DEEEP, who will provide us with updates and latest news and thinking around the anticipated 2016 European Commission DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) calls. European funding represents a significant opportunity for Irish Development Education organisations, but developments in this area can be complex and difficult to follow, so log into our webinar and learn more about what’s coming down the pipeline in 2016. To receive the log-in link, please email Susan@ideaonline.ie

Member & Partner News

Concern: Development Education Masterclass

To mark the launch of Fair Views, A Development Education Photo Pack, Concern Worldwide is hosting a Development Education ‘Masterclass’ facilitated by Gerry Jeffers, in their offices, on 1 December, 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Find out more...

Plan 2 Include: Sports for Disability Inclusion and Awareness training
Plan Ireland in collaboration with the CARA Centre and UNESCO/IT Tralee are facilitating a one day training on Saturday 12 December that will exam the perceptions of people with disabilities and barriers that may prevent their inclusion in society, from a local and global perspective. Find out more...

UNIDEV: Online Campaign supporting Advocacy Action towards Education Policy
The NGO Support Centre, through its project UNIDEV – Bridging the gap between theory and practice, and in co-operation with its partners Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Ireland and Pontis Foundation in Slovakia, has launched an online campaign to support advocacy action towards the education policy of governments in Cyprus, Ireland and Slovakia. Find out more...

Conference: 'Making a Difference? Volunteering for Sustainable Development'
Just a reminder that this year's UCD Volunteers Overseas conference will take place on 28 November in the UCD Global Lounge, and focus on the topic of volunteering and sustainable development. The conference is brought to you in partnership with Concern Worldwide, UCD International, VSO Ireland, Irish Aid and Comhlámh. Find out more...  

NYCI Annual Conference 2015: Playing Our Part
The National Youth Council of Ireland's Annual Conference will take place on 7 December in Dublin Castle. This year's focus will be Youth Work’s contribution to the implementation of the National Youth Strategy. Find out more...

Other News

The People's Climate March
The People's Climate March, organised by Stop Climate Chaos, will take place in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Belfast and around the globe this Sunday 29 November. Play your part in raising awareness of the issues relating to climate justice, community energy and a carbon free future ahead of the UN COP21 in Paris. Find out more...

EU and International News 

COP21: Paris Climate Conference
This year's United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will kick off on 30 November. The aim, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C. Find out more...

Lifelong Learning Programme Conference
Co-founded by the Lifelong Learning Programme, the Lifelong Learning Hub is a project running from 2013 to 2016 and involving 10 partners from 8 European countries. They will present their European Report, along with case studies identified in the project at a conference in Mechelen, Belgium, 7-8 March 2016. Find out more...

Top Reads & Resources

EU countries diverting overseas aid to cover refugee bills, report says
European NGO confederation finds development money being spent on tackling refugee crisis and border security rather than fighting poverty and inequality
The Guardian, 24 November

UN Climate Change Conference: ‘I will be embarrassed to be Irish in Paris’Trócaire, OxfamIreland and Friends of the Earth will be watching as world leaders meet for the Cop21 summit. They’re already disappointed by the Government’s ‘inaction’
Irish Times, 14 November

Great resource from Channel 4 News that allows you to simulate the journey of migrants from different countries. Begin you journey here.


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