Welcome to DE News, the Development Education e-newsletter of the National Youth Council of Ireland. This month NYCI has relaunched the website www.youthdeved.ie. We hope you enjoy this newsletter. If you want information included in future newsletters, email information to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the first of the month.
1. NYCI Zambia-Ireland youth worker exchange 2010
2. One World Week, 13-21 November
3. NYCI represents Dóchas Development Education Group at CONCORD’s DARE forum
4. Development Education Programme Youth Advisory Group
5. Training Course
6. GAF One World Week Event Galway
7. IDEA Trainings
8. IACI Multi-Cultural Young People’s Awards Ceremony, 19 November 2010
9. Just Forests, new website launched!
10. Act Now 2015
11. ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards 2011!
A group of Irish youth workers visited Zambia from 28 October – 8 November, with participating youth leaders from YMCA, Foróige Blanchardstown Youth Service, EIL and NYCI. During their visit to Zambia the Irish youth workers visit different youth organisations and youth projects, had the opportunity to deliver workshops and learn about issues affecting young people and youth work in Zambia. Five Zambian youth workers will return to Ireland for the second leg of the exchange from 11 – 24 November, representing Africa Directions, Barefeet Theatre Company, Junior Achievement Zambia, Savannah Intercultural Institute and Young Women in Action. A report on the Exchange will be available shortly at www.youthdeved.ie/development_education/zambia-exchange. If your group is interested in meeting the Zambian youth workers, please contact email@example.com.
NYCI’s One World Week is a week of youth-led action and awareness-raising. This year’s theme in ‘Framing Our World – Images and Messages in Development’. An activity pack full of ideas on how to explore this theme with young people is available to download at: ww.youthdeved.ie/resources/download_publications. Training has been taking place all over the country on using the One World Week education resource and on engaging young people in local action around images and messages in development. This will culminate in youth-led action in communities throughout the country. Two central events – in Cork and Dublin – will take place to showcase work by young people around the country. The Cork event is taking place in the Camden Palace on Camden Quay on Saturday 13th November from 2-5pm. If you or your youth group are interested in attending, contact Alan Hayes (01 4255932 or email firstname.lastname@example.org). The Dublin event is taking place in the Carmelite Community Centre on Aungier Street from 11.30-2.30pm. For more information or to register, contact Johnny Sheehan (01 4255947 or email email@example.com).
On the 11th and 12th October, Elaine Mahon attended the European Commission’s DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) Conference in Brussels about the future of EC funding to development education. Thanks to everyone who made comments on the DEAR study ahead of the conference. The DARE (Development Awareness-Raising and Education) forum of CONCORD took place on 13th and 14th October, with Elaine attending on behalf of Dóchas. The main focus of the forum was feedback and forward-planning based on the findings of the DEAR study. As chair of the Youth and Children working group, Elaine was involved in organising a joint event between DARE and the European Youth Forum. The DARE forum was followed by a seminar by the European Youth Forum on 15th October, at which Elaine was invited to speak on how to ensure the involvement of young people in development and the Millennium Development Goals through development education. For further information , click here.
The Development Education Programme Youth Advisory Group (YAG) met on Saturday 16th October in Dublin. Ten young people attended the day long meeting to make plans for One World Week 2010. For further information on the YAG, click here.
NYCI is running a one-day training course ‘What is Development Education?’ The training takes place on Thursday, 9th December in Cork. The course is aimed at those who want to begin a programme of development education with the young people in their groups. It explains the topic and explores the links between development education and good youth work practice. The training is designed for volunteers and staff of youth organisations, working with young people in out of school settings. There is no charge for this training and places will be restricted to 25 participants. Booking information and details of all the training courses available are at www.nycitraining.org or phone 01 478 4122.
The Gaf Youth Café is celebrating ‘One World Week’, a fun interactive and informative development education week. Events are based on the NYCI ‘Framing Our World’ Pack. The week is a collaboration between the the Gaf Youth Café-HSE, Youth Work Ireland-Cape and SPARK Projects, Foróige and The Galway One World Centre and is funded by NYCI (through Irish Aid and Trócaire). All young people and leaders are welcome to come along. We will be having performances, food and entertainment from all over the World. We particularly would like to invite school or youth groups who might like to attend. For more details, contact Sinéad Allen in SPARK on 087 6502349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) is offering the following trainings:
11th (Dublin) and 12th (Cork) Nov: Training in Campaigning and Development Education. 2 half-day (9:30am- 2pm) skills-based workshops with Alice Cutler from Trapese Popular Education Collective. Cost €40. (€20 for IDEA members). To register email email@example.com.
18th Nov 1:30pm- 4:30pm (the Greenhouse, Dub 2) IDEA World Café Discussion Campaigning and Development Education. This is a space for discussion about the relationship between campaigning on global issues and development education. Guest speakers will kick off discussion, including Stefan Kerl from Austrian NGO Sudwind. Free. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org.
26th Nov 9:45am- 4pm Kildare Education Centre. Participatory Action Research- seminar. Organised by the IDEA Research Community, this seminar will have a morning panel of speakers (Mags Liddy, Eilish Dillon and Martina Carroll) followed by practical workshops in the afternoon. Cost €20 (free for IDEA members). To register email email@example.com. For more information on all upcoming IDEA training courses, visit the IDEA website.
Interested in learning more about Development Education? Find a training on DE DoT- IDEA’s Development Education Database of Training. IDEA has over 75 members many of whom provide training. Search for an evening or weekend course or workshops on request. Search also by location and for courses on theory or practice. Over time this database will build up to showcase the diversity and quality of trainings in development education on offer from IDEA members. Check out www.ideaonline.ie
IACI is hosting the annual multicultural young people’s awards in the Civic Offices, Wood Quay, on Friday 19th November from 6-8.30pm. For further information or if you would like to attend the awards ceremony, contact Yemisi Ojo on 086 402 3953 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Just Forests was founded in response to the trade in tropical timber and the resulting decline of global forests. It is Ireland’s longest established non-governmental development education organisation working solely on global poverty-related tropical forestry/timber issues from a local development perspective. The website www.justforests.org contains a wealth of information, campaign ideas and resources to download.
NYCI is one of 65 organisations that have come together in a joint campaign to Act Now on 2015 to ensure Ireland keeps its promise to the world’s poorest people. Ireland signed up to the MDGs in 2000, as an indication that we will not tolerate the extreme inequality in the world. We pledged to increase our overseas aid, so that we would reach the UN target of spending 0.7% of national income on overseas aid. However, we are now at risk of missing the target of 0.7% of national income on overseas aid by 2015. As a country, we must act now, to restore our reputation, and to do the right thing. As citizens, we must act now and pressure our politicians to do the right thing. For information about the issues behind the campaign and to see how to get involved, visit www.actnow2015.ie.
Registration for Ireland’s most exciting environmental awards programme for young people, the ECO-UNESCO Young Environmentalist Awards will close on Friday November 26th. The Awards recognise and reward the green achievements of young people aged 10-18, who want to take action on key environmental issues such as climate change, energy, waste, biodiversity, transport and more… For more information, visit www.ecounesco.ie.