Mapping Development Education and the SDGs in the Irish Youth Sector
We have developed this online resource (phase 1), to map current Development Education and SDG focused youth work across the country. This is not an evaluation of current work underway but a tool to begin to identify some of the Development Education activity across the youth sector.
The new ‘Youth 2030’ programme at NYCI is focused on supporting young people and those working with young people to be ‘bridge builders’, in their youth and community groups. We want to encourage young people to use their knowledge, passion and skills and reach out to support Ireland and the world to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) and influence the globalised world in which we live.
We also want young people to take their place as informed and empowered global citizens. Many organisations are already engaged with the SDGs and using Development Education in youth work practice; this new interactive mapping project is intended to showcase some of this work. Importantly too, ‘Youth 2030’ plans to build on this work over the next two years, creating a more comprehensive map as new work emerges and as projects continue to develop along the way.
We see Development Education in Youth Work as a way to engage young people in critical conversations, in asking questions, in being self-reflective and asking, ‘who am I?’ in relation to global social change. This mapping project is a collaborative project, which will grow as your youth work and Development Education practice is built on, developed and shared.
Youth 2030 – Development Education in the Irish Youth Sector
Youth 2030 is funded by Irish Aid and is a collaboration between NYCI, Concern, Trocaire and NUI Maynooth.
Development Education in the Youth Sector 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, critical thinking, debate, action and reflection. It challenges perceptions of the world and encourages young people to act for a more just and equal society at a local, national and an international level. Find out more about Youth 2030 or read this helpful guide to the SDGs and youth work.