Welcome to DE News May 2011, the Development Education e-newsletter of the National Youth Council of Ireland. This month’s newsletter is slightly late following the Easter holidays, so contains lots of news including the winning theme in the One World Week 2011 theme vote, another article from our series on the NYCI Ireland-Zambia youth worker exchange, and further training and networking opportunities.
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1. One World Week 2011 theme has been selected by you!
The voting for the 2011 One World Week theme took place from 15 March – 15 April this year. There were 6 themes to choose from and votes were received from 49 organisations. The votes have been counted for the 2011 One World Week theme and the winner is: ‘A Rich Man’s World?’ For more information, visit our site.
2. Upcoming training opportunities
Training updates are on the NYCI website. 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 organisation, please contact Alan or phone 01-4255932. For training news and dates, keep an eye on our website.
Interculturalism and Equality
Embedding Diversity in Youth Work, Tuesday 24 May; Dublin city from 10.15am – 4.30pm. Is your youth group as diverse as it could be? This training course will introduce participants to the use of a Diversity Toolkit called Access All Areas. This toolkit can be used to carry out a full diversity assessment of youth groups and to develop practical skills in working with young people from diverse backgrounds. Course fee is €50 and a light lunch will be provided. Access All Areas, the diversity toolkit will be provided to each participant in USB form. Extracts will also be available in print form. Download the booking form here, and register via email@example.com.
3. Zambia-Ireland exchange corner – article from Dick O’Donovan, Foróige Galway
Throughout 2011, NYCI is continuing to support all who participated in the exchange by providing fora for contact and ongoing invovlvement in youth work and development education with young people in Ireland and Zambia. An ‘exchange corner’ on our website is a place for those involved in the exchange to share their experience, views and feedback of their participation. Each month an article will be featured by an individual or organisation involved in the exchange. This month’s article is written by Dick O’Donavan from Forórige Galway who was an Irish participant in the 2006 NYCI Zambia-Ireland youth worker exchange. For more, click here.
4. NYCI Development Education Advisory Group meeting 13 May
The Advisory Group will meet this Friday 13 May for their second meeting of 2011. This meeting is open to members of the Advisory Group only. For more information, visit our webpage.
5. Upcoming International Opportunities from NYCI
The International Programme of NYCI facilitates and promotes the involvement of NYCI member organisations in international activities and international youth policy. The International section aims to support NYCI member organisations to include an international dimension to their youth work programmes and get involved in international youth work.
6. ECO-UNESCO upcoming training opportunities
ECO-Community Garden Training: Tuesday 17 May 2011, 10 am – 4 pm and Tuesday 8 November 10 am – 4 pm.
Introduction to Sustainable Development: (FETAC Accredited Module – L5) 10-WeekCourse: beginning Thursday 28 April 2011.
Leadership & Strategic Sustainable Development: Tuesday 31 May 2011, 10 am – 4 pm and 6 December, 10 am – 4 pm.
Junior ECO-Watchers Training Week (EPV Accredited training for teachers): 4 – 8 July.
Introduction to Sustainable Development (FETAC Accredited Module – L5) Intensive Course: Friday 29 – Saturday 30 July 2011; Friday 26 – Saturday 27 August 2011; Friday 28 – Saturday 29 October 2011; Friday 25 – Saturday 26 November 2011. Click here for further information.
ECO-UNESCO’s Introduction to Environmental Education: Tuesday 23 August 2011, 10 am – 4 pm; Tuesday 22 November 2011, 10 am – 4 pm.
7. Workshop reviewing Dóchas Code of Conduct, Limerick 11 May
Reviewing Images & Messages of the Developing World workshop will take place from 10am-4pm on Wednesday 11 May in Pery’s Hotel in Limerick. The workshop is one of a series of workshops taking place as part of a review of the Dóchas Code of Conduct on Images and Messages with the aim of strengthening the Code.The workshop is open to Dóchas members and the public. For more information and to register (by 9 May) contact Lizzy.Noone@concern.net.
8. Concern schools’ debates National Final, 11 May
The Concern Debates National Final 2011 will take place on Wednesday 11 May at 7pm in the Astra Hall, Student Centre, UCD, Dublin 4. Largy College, Clones and Sandford Park School, Dublin will debate the motion that ‘Developing countries must reverse their population growth as a condition for receiving overseas aid’. To register to attend, please contact Grainne.
9. ‘Towards an African Perspective – Exploring Challenges and Considerations for Development Educators’, new research from the Africa Centre
This research will be launched on Wednesday 11 May at 11am in the Ireland Institute, Pearse House, Dublin 2. Email Mbemba Jabbi for more information.
10. Léargas film festival, Youth Week Sat 14 May
European Youth Week takes place from 15-22 May. Léargas are organising a film festival on Saturday 14 May. More information is available from Léargas.
11. Galway African Film Festival 20-22 May and launch 13 May
12. Trócaire Human Rights Summer School (4-8 July Maynooth), deadline to apply 20 May
The school will take place from 4 – 8 July in DCU and it is aimed at students aged 16-17 years. The aim of the summer school is to equip students with the knowledge about global issues and also the skills on how to take action. Trócaire has run these schools in the past and they have been a huge success. There will be approx. 40 students from all over the country at the school and it promises to be a fun filled, action packed week. If you are interested in finding out more or applying, please feel free to contact Mary Boyce at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline to apply is Friday 20 May.
13. Africa Day event 21 May
Family Fun Day and Soccer Tournament Saturday 21 May 10am – 6pm in Bushy Park, Templeogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W. To participate and for further information please contact; email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.org or Telephone: 01 6619289
14. Celebrating Africa – Meet and greet your TDs, 24 May
The many new faces in the Dáil and Seanad bring a new set of challenges, and new opportunities. In many ways, Development NGOs must build new relationships with our politicians. NYCI is a member of the “Act Now on 2015” campaign, which aims to reinforce the existing cross-party political support for development cooperation, and work to inform and educate TDs and Senators about overseas aid. The campaign, Concern and the Africa Centre, is hosting a welcome session for new (and old) politicians on Tuesday 24 May at 6.30pm in Buswells hotel, Dublin 2. If you want to partake in this event, please pre-register via email@example.com Phone: 01 417 7785
15. News from IDEA
The Summer will be a busy time for IDEA (the Irish Development Education Association). There are plenty of dates for your diary, including IDEA online seminars (‘webinars’) on 19 May, 1pm- 2pm on Impact and effectiveness of DE with Community Evaluation Services UK, and 25 May with Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules the World. The annual IDEA conference takes place on Friday 17 June ‘Learning for the 7th Generation – new ways forward for Irish education’, and is preceded by the IDEA AGM for members on 16 June. Finally the IDEA Summer School takes place this year in West Clare from 14 – 17 July. For more information on all of the above, please contact Eimear.
16. Comhlámh INDEX magazine – new edition out now!
This newsletter aims to provide a space for people interested in educating on development and social justice issues to share information and perspectives on global development issues, and on the practice of development education at Irish, European and international levels. Contributions include: Why we need popular education, by Alice Cutler; Learning to name worlds, the lived experience of adult education, by Cathleen O’Neill and Are Post Primary schools doing enough to develop active democratic citizens? by Aidan Clifford. To view the edition online, go to http://www.comhlamh.org/media-publications-comhlamh-media-and-publications-index-newsletter.html.
17. Global Education Newsletter from the North-South centre
Global Education News is an electronic newsletter where national global education coordinators or practitioners can share global education news and best practices, useful thematic links and educational materials. It also serves as a medium for the North-South Centre Global Education network national coordinators’ own use. NYCI is the Global Education Week coordinator in Ireland via this network. To view the newsletter online, click here.
18. Think Big initiative from O2 and Headstrong
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 (a youth mental health organisation) 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. For more information and to register go to: http://www.o2thinkbig.ie/. Also you can share share a happy thought online and each time you do, O2 will donate €1 to Headstrong.
19. What in the World? New 4-part series on Thursdays at 11.10pm on RTE 1
What In The World? presented by Peader King, returns with a new four-part series focusing on the Millennium Development Goals and features compelling stories from some of the poorest people on the planet in Bangladesh, Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia. For more information visit RTE’s website.
20. “Not My Problem”: An interactive Performance and Workshop Investigating Global Citizenship
This workshop was co-produced by Children in Crossfire and DesertFish Productions and has toured to 20 schools and four conferences. If you are interested in finding out more, and possibly hosting the a workshop in your youth organisation or school, please contact Jenny Macdonald, firstname.lastname@example.org or on 087 967 3664
21. Waterford One World Centre Global Bookclub
The Centre’s new feature, The Global Bookclub, started in April with Dambisa Moyo’s Dead Aid. A controversial look at aid to Africa, Moyo claims that the money given in aid has actually harmed Africa’s development efforts. Moyo’s book will be discussed on the Centre’s facebook page, simply search for the Waterford One World Centre, ‘like’ and join the conversation. For more information, contact email@example.com
2 June: ‘Added Values: promoting long-term public engagement in development’ 10 am – 4 pm, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Key-note speaker: Martin Kirk, Head of Campaigns Oxfam UK, contributor to Common Cause and Finding Frames. There are a limited number of spaces for non-Dóchas members. For more information and to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, by 25 May, 2011.