Welcome to DE News March 2011, the Development Education e-newsletter of the National Youth Council of Ireland. We hope everyone will be enjoying brighter days all round! This month’s newsletter contains more new and interesting opportunities to deepen your involvement in development education in youth work. ‘Local Views, Global Voices’ regional development education seminars are being run for 21 March, the NYCI Development Education Resource Library is open for lending and the Youth Advisory Group meets for the first time this year on 12 March.
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‘Til next month!
Development Education Project Officer, NYCI
News from NYCI
1. ‘Global Views, Local Voices’ 21 March events coming up in Monaghan, Galway and Kilkenny
2. NYCI Development Education library open and available to all!
3. Upcoming training from NYCI in development education
4. Zambia-Ireland Exchange Corner – this month’s article ‘Just the Start’ by Tammy Tallon, Ronanstown Youth Service
5. NYCI Development Education Youth Advisory Group (YAG) – next meeting Saturday 12 March
6. Farewell to the SPARK project, Youth Work Ireland Galway
7. Comhlámh First Wednesday debate, 2 March
8. IDEA public seminar Beyond 2015, Learning for Global Partnerships
9. Global Awareness evening and Volunteer Exhibition at UCD, 3 March
10. ‘Education toward Social Change: How to make the leap from Education to Action’ workshop, 4 March, Belfast
11. News from EIL – Photo Exhibition Visions in Solidarity: Images of HIV and AIDS, 5 March at 4pm; 2011 Global Awareness Programme scholarship; EIL Annual Travel Awards
12. Children in Crossfire Conference ‘Be the Change You Wish to See’, 9 March Derry
13. Would you like to teach English at a Summer School in Ethiopia? Apply to Trócaire by Wednesday 9 March
14. Beyond the Picture – Uncovering the grey area of Images and Messages, 15 March
15. ECO-UNESCO Youth for Sustainable Development Seminar, 30 March 2011
16. European Youth Meeting for Sustainable Development 2011, Estonia, 19 -24 July 2011
17. Development Perspectives Development Education Flagship Programme, 2011
18. Applications for Activities to be held in cooperation with the European Youth Centres of the Council of Europe
19. “Learning Local, Thinking Global” on Friday 8th April 2011, Limerick
20. Census of Population in Ireland on 10 April, 2011
21. Wassa Wassa Cultural Awareness programme
22. O2 and Headstrong Think Big Scheme
23. New voices, potential young contributors to Irish media
24. New State of the World’s Children report is now available!
25. Dates for your Diary!
March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and part of the European-wide Action Week against Racism. The National Youth Council of Ireland is hosting regional seminars for youth leaders and minority ethnic communities in Monaghan (22 March), Galway city (28 March) and Kilkenny (1 April). For more information, visit our site.
This Resource Library is a collection of books, activity packs, reports, publications and videos/dvds compiled by NYCI’s Development Education Programme over the years on issues related to global justice and youth work. Resources are available to lend to anywhere on the island of Ireland, free of charge. To find out more, click here.
Development Education training is available to youth organizations in two ways: Youth Workers can attend the trainings listed on the website, or if you are interested in hosting one of these trainings in your organization, please contact Alan@nyci.ie or phone 01-4255932.
Intercultural and Equality Training
For more information, click here. and registration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01-4784122
Throughout 2011, NYCI will continue to support those individuals and organisations who participated in our youth worker exchange by providing fora for contact and ongoing invovlvement in development education with young people in Ireland and Zambia. An ‘exchange corner’ is available for those involved and/or interested in the exchange. This month’s feature is written by Tammy Tallon, an Irish participant in the 2009 exchange. For more, click here.
The Development Education team at NYCI has learned of the closure of The SPARK Project in Galway City. The SPARK project was created in 2002 and funded by the HSE to provide services to separated children seeking asylum in Ireland. Over the years they have contributed greatly to the quality of life for many young people going through the Asylum process in the Galway region and it is anticipated that young people currently involved in the service will be referred outward to appropriate services. We wish the clients, volunteers & staff of the project the very best of luck with their future endeavors.
Comhlámh is pleased to host a public discussion on the motion ‘Is continuing economic growth possible?’ on 2nd March 2011, from 6.15pm – 7.45pm at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Helen Keogh, Chief Executive, World Vision Ireland will chair the debate. Guest speakers, Dan O’ Brien, Economics Editor, Irish Times and David Korowicz, Director Risk/Resilience & Feasta will be speaking for and against the motion. Entrance is free but space is limited to 50. For latest information please contact: Arthur Gaffney at: email@example.com or visit www.comhlamh.org.
Comhlamh is holding its AGM and Development Forum in Charleville Castle Tullamore Co. Offaly om Saturday 9th April. Details to follow shortly.
Thursday 3 March, Dublin; Beyond 2015, Learning for Global Partnerships: Public Seminar on Development Education and the MDGs. Guest Speakers Dr. Peggy Antrobus (DAWN) and Roberto Bissio (Instituto del Tercer Mundo and Social Watch) will offer a critical perspective on the MDGs. The seminar will also critically explore the role of Development Education in achieving the MDGs, in particular Goal 8- Building Global Partnerships. Register with IDEA- firstname.lastname@example.org. More details on IDEA’s website.
Invite to the upcoming Global Awareness Evening and Volunteer Exhibition hosted by UCD Volunteers Overseas on Thursday 3 March to celebrate UCDVO Day and the European Year of Volunteering. The event will take place between 5 – 7pm in the new International Centre (Lower Ground Floor, Main Restaurant). See UCDVO for more.
This event is organised by the Centre for Global Education, Belfast and facilitated by Alice Cutler, co-author of Space for Movement: ‘Reflections from Bolivia on climate justice, social movements and the state’ (2010), who works for Trapese delivering interactive workshops, games, films, trainings, and action/campaign planning sessions. They also produce resources and write on various issues. The workshop takes place at St. Mary’s University College, 191 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6FE on Friday, 4 March 2011 from 10.00am – 1.00pm. The workshop fees are £15 waged and £10 unwaged. To request a registration form please contact Stephen McCloskey.
In the Summer of 2010, four Irish people were given an incredible opportunity to witness the effects of HIV and AIDS in Africa first hand as part of EIL’s Global Awareness Programme. As part of their campaign to raise awareness, Visions in Solidarity is a visual representation of the current state of HIV and AIDS in Nigeria, South Africa and Ireland. The launch of this unique photographic exhibition will be opened by James O’Connor of Open Heart House, HIV activist and Development Manager, at: Irish Aid Information Centre 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin on Saturday, March 5th 2011, 4pm.
The Global Awareness Programme is an exciting training, volunteering and awareness raising project focussing on HIV/AIDS. Four people will be chosen to participate on the programme. The participants will: Attend training on HIV/AIDS issues in Ireland; Attend a training on Media Skills; Volunteer for 8 weeks in a HIV/AIDS organisation in South Africa or Nigeria; Plan and implement an awareness raising campaign around HIV/AIDS on their return to Ireland. Bursaries are available to help with the costs.
For further information, including application form, please log onto the EIL site or contact Caterina Totaro at: email@example.com T: 021 4551535. Closing date for applications is 25 March at 5pm.
The EIL Travel Awards are aimed at young people or students who have an active interest in world affairs and would benefit from a challenging adventure in another culture.
This year we are offering 14 fully funded awards where EIL covers all the programme costs and 8 partially funded awards where most of the programme costs are funded by EIL. For more information, see here. Closing date: March 25th
A conference to explore the challenges and opportunities for active citizenship within an increasingly connected and unequal world. The format of the day will include the performance of the play, ‘Not My Problem’, followed by a workshop to further explore the issues within the play. Keynote speakers are Richard Moore and Seamus Farrell. The conference takes place in The Playhouse, Artillery Street, Derry on Wednesday 9th March from 9.30am- 3.30pm. Please contact Gráinne for registration.
Trócaire in association with CAFOD are seeking three volunteers qualified to work with street children on their English language and confidence building skills in Tigray Region, northern Ethiopia for five weeks over July and August 2011. The placement is with their longstanding partner organisation the Daughters of Charity. The call is open to all educators from both formal and non- formal sectors. Deadline to apply is 9 March. For more information, see their site.
This seminar, organised by the Africa Centre, will take place from 9.30 am – 1 pm, at Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre and will look at current fundraising campaigns. Abiba Ndeley will discuss what she considers to be a good or a bad image from an African perspective; Colin White, Irish Kidney Association, will look at the practice of symbolism in fundraising and creating awareness; and Brigid Quilligan, Irish Travellers Movement, will talk about TV documentaries about the Traveller community. For further information please contact Rebecca O’Halloran, or call 01 8656951.
‘ACT GLOBAL: Youth Empowerment: Awareness to Action’. In today’s globalised world, we are all connected by the things we buy, where these things are made, who made them, and where they end up when we are finished with them. This seminar will explore how young people can feel empowered to take action together for a more sustainable world, and look specifically at: Development & Trade; Youth, Consumerism & Advertising; Youth Participation & Democracy. It take place on Wednesday 30 March 2011, from 10.00am – 4.00pm in the Greenhouse, 17 St. Andrew Street, Dublin 2. To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for registration is Friday 18th March. For more information contact Hedda or call 01 6625491/ 085 7676 089.
The European Youth Meeting for Sustainable Development 2011 will be held in Estonia, from 19 -24 July 2011. The meeting is organised by an International Organisational Committee from 10 countries (UK, France, Holland, Italy, Belgium, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, Turkey and Russia) and partners from 17 countries, on the theme of youth involvement in ensuring sustainable development The Meeting is open to young people closely involved in youth policy processes and sustainability issues in their organisations and countries, aged between 15-35 years.The deadline to apply is Thursday 31 March 2011 (12.00 pm CET) by e-mail to email@example.com. However, anyone interested should first contact NYCI International Officer, Jean-Marie Cullen by 21 March for expressions of interest by email or phone 01 4255 945.
Development Perspectives (DP) is having 3 editions of its Development Education Flagship programme in 2011. The three editions will be based in Drogheda, Sligo and Kilkenny with an overseas phase in Tanzania/Uganda. They are looking for anyone who is interested in learning more about development issues and who is willing to tackle some of the serious challenges facing our communities. Register by Monday 21 March. The information sheet and application form can also be downloaded from their website.
The process for applications for activities to be held in cooperation with the European Youth Centres of the Council of Europe is now open. These activities mainly concern study sessions in the centre’s programmes. In addition, international/European youth organisations and networks may also apply for symposia or for “special projects”. Youth organisations and networks intending to apply for a study session for the first semester of 2012 should fill in and send their application by April 1 2011 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see the NYCI site.
This Development Education in Adult Learning event is organised by Co. Clare VEC and Irish Aid, and will take place in Thomond Park, Limerick on Friday 8 April from 9.30am – 4pm. Lunch is provided and there is no conference fee. For more information, contact email@example.com or by phone: 065 6897642.
As part of preparations for the census the Central Statistics Office (CSO) want to ensure that everyone understands what their role in the census is. As NYCI works regularly with the public, including people from minority ethnic and cultural communities, we want to highlight the importance of everyone’s participation in Census 2011. It is important so that full account will be taken of everyone’s needs when decisions are being made for the future. For information, the CSO can provide information leaflets in 21 different languages for distribution. Please contact David.Regan@cso.ie or go to: http://www.census.ie/.
The Wassa Wassa Cultural Awareness Programme combines drumming and information seminars about Africa. This programme has been delivered in numerous Secondary Schools and Community and Youthreach Centres over the past few years. There is also a new part to the program – ‘Innovators of Africa’ which focuses on some of the amazing inventions – many to improve the environment – being developed in Africa at the moment. Wassa Wassa also have a full program of African-themed craft and dance workshops. Full details are available on our website www.wassawassaworkshops.ie
Are you young, have ideas and think you can make a difference? If so, get involved in Think Big. Think Big is run by O2 and Headstrong who have teamed up to promote mental wellbeing among Young People in Ireland. Think of an idea, submit it online and it will be reviewed. You will be contacted to let you know if you’ve qualified for support for your project.
Where are all the ‘young’ voices in the Irish media? Are you a regional reporter, activist/advocate, policy expert etc and have something to contribute to public debate? This is a tool to showcase alternative voices to radio and television producers. For more information go to: http://elaine.ie/?p=877
UNICEF has just released “The State of the World’s Children 2011: Adolescence – An Age of Opportunity” which was created in support of the second International Year of Youth, which began on August 12 2010. This Year recognises the right of children to express their views freely on all matters affecting them – a guiding principle of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). The report examines the global state of adolescents; outlines the challenges they face in health, education, protection, and participation; and explores the risks and vulnerabilities of this stage in life. It also stresses the imperative of investing in the world’s 1.2 billion adolescents, based on the belief that these investments can break entrenched cycles of poverty and inequity. To view the report, go to: http://www.unicef.org.uk/Documents/Publication-pdfs/sowc2011.pdf.
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