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Development Education and Global Citizenship in Ireland - Where to next...
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Jan 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project 'Development Education and Global Citizenship in Ireland - Where to next...' will support the youth sector in determining the future path of development education and global citizenship within the youth sector particularly in the run up to the European Year of Development in 2015 and the exciting policy post-2015 developments. Through this project (and activities), NYCI will build on its work to address the limited integration of development education in the voluntary youth sector. Whilst many organisations actively include development education and global learning in their programming, gaps remain. The problem of limited integration means that young people have limited opportunities to access quality development education that would: Enable them to better understand the links between their own lives and those of people in the Global South; Develop the attitudes, values and skills which enable them to work together to bring about change; Increase their understanding of the economic, cultural, political and environmental influences that shape their lives and the lives of others. The overall objectives for this project are: •Facilitate the critical and strategic engagement between the youth work, education and development education sectors – nationally and internationally, together with young people, policy makers and funders at a roundtable event, creating a new commitment to development education and global citizenship by the youth sector • Support the learning in how the youth work sector, young people, policy makers and others can benefit from the competences, skills, and personal development which participation in development education activity brings • Promote networking and facilitate information sharing through activities, case studies and inputs from Ireland (local, regional and national) and internationally • Support the increased knowledge, critical understanding, skills and confidence of youth organisations, youth workers, voluntary youth leaders, policy makers, and funders to deliver quality development education with young people promoting the progression route for development education in youth work • Enable young people and the youth sector to better understand the links between their own lives and those of people throughout the world and enhance young people’s participation in, action for and contribution to global processes as foreseen in the EU Youth Strategy (2010-2018) 192 people will participate in this project (two activities) including young people, youth workers, policy makers, youth and development organisations, key staff and volunteers. Two key activities/one day consultations will take place as part of the overall project. Firstly, there will be a roundtable event to explore the past, present, and future of development education within the youth sector and a report will document the learning outcomes from the event. Secondly, an event will be held focusing largely on the post-2015 agenda where the findings from the report of activity 1 will be presented together with discussion on how to progress the issues and agenda into the future and particularly during the EU Year of Development in 2015. For NYCI, quality development education shares many of the same principles as good youth work. These include starting with and valuing young people’s own views, learning through participation, and promoting equality, responsibility and mutual respect. NYCI’s approach to development education in youth work aims to support young people to increase their awareness and understanding of the interdependent and unequal world in which we live, through a process of interactive learning, debate, action and reflection. Examples of methodologies to be used in this project include: group work, buzz groups, games, icebreakers, peer education, role play, maps, moving debates, discussions, guest speaker/visitor, storytelling, case studies, debates, creative methodologies including drama film, cartoons, music, and media, etc. These approaches are flexible, participative and learner-centred. Key indicators of success will be: • Enhanced knowledge, understanding, value and vision of the links and benefits between development education and youth work – nationally and globally • Strong declaration and written report on development education in youth work from the event developing a set of future priorities for development education in the youth work sector • Greater commitment to development education in youth work by youth work organisations and funders of youth work and development education • Conference report available for circulation to a wide audience • Development education becomes more embedded within youth work organisations with an increase in numbers of youth organisations seeking assistance and advice Greater embedding of development education in the youth sector is the potential longer term benefit.
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