Since February 2015, a number of youth organisations and those working in the youth sector on development education have come together under a new Youth Taskgroup in the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) to discuss the successes, opportunities, challenges, and potential strategic direction for the youth sector and DE for the coming 5-7 years. NYCI acts as Convenor to the group.
This powerpoint was presented to DE practitioners, educators, policymakers, funders and others at Farmleigh on April 29th 2015 as part of a Global Education Network Europe (GENE) Review of Irish Aid’s development education programme/strategy for Ireland Youth Sector & Development Education Powerpoint
In addition, and as a follow up to meeting with GENE and the Farmleigh event, the Youth Taskgroup made a written submission to GENE. The submission can be found HERE
What follows is a brief background to the GENE process. We expect the report will be launched in November 2015.
The backdrop to this:
There is a review of Irish Aid’s development education programme/strategy underway in Ireland.
The Irish Development Education Association (IDEA) has been coordinating engagement of the development education sector in this process and they are also participating in the Reference Group which is overviewing the GENE process. Irish Aid has invited GENE (Global Education Network Europe) to conduct a peer review of their development education strategy as a critical friend who will in turn make some comments on what they learn through meetings, consultations, presentations, and written submissions.
Contributions from the DE Sector in Ireland have been made largely through 3 task groups: Formal education; Adult and community sector; and the Youth sector. Additional meetings have been held with IDEA, Dochas, Worldwise Global Schools, Ubuntu, and others.
GENE (Global Education Network Europe) is the European network of Ministries and Agencies responsible for support, funding and policy-making in the field of Global Education. Started in 2001 with 6 national structures from 6 countries, GENE now has grown to facilitate the sharing of policy learning between over 40 Ministries, Agencies and other national bodies, from over 25 countries leading the provision of Global Education in Europe http://gene.eu/
The GENE Review will look at the current state of DE in Ireland and will make recommendations for the future. These recommendations will inform the Irish Aid Development Education Strategy which is being developed in 2015 and launched in 2016.
Reference Group for the GENE Review
Frank Geary and Susan Gallwey – IDEA
Caroline Murphy – Children in Crossfire (Dochas)
Department of Education
Irish Aid Expert Advisory Group
Department of Foreign Affairs Evaluation and Audit Unit
Task Groups – Youth, Formal, Adult & Community
Timeline for the Review
GENE in Dublin April 27 – 29
Taskgroup meetings on April 27th – 28th
Farmleigh Meeting on April 29th with GENE, Irish Aid, DES, DFA, Taskgroups, Educators, practitioners, young people and others
Written submissions to GENE in May 2015
GENE draft review for September
Finalise draft for October
Launch document in November
Taskgroups feedback to Irish Aid on the GENE Review document in November/December
Irish Aid produce their new strategy in mid/late 2016
Amongst the supporting documentation for this process are: