ONE WORLD WEEK FESTIVAL 2021

The Global YOUth – Journey to Act! 

November 20th – 27th 2021

Young people are more globally connected than ever before. From the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the music we listen to, and stories we tell, all are interconnected at personal, local, national, and global levels.

This year’s One World Week theme is our global identity and how connected it is to collective action and shaping the future.

Join us throughout the week to hear from young people and youth workers on how globally connected their identity and organisations have become, through  fun interactive activities, powerful stories of collective journeys, important discussion on the lives of young people, the SDGs, and taking action!

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Young people are more globally connected than ever before. From the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the music we listen to, and stories we tell, all are interconnected at personal, local, national, and global levels. Every aspect of who we are is influence by globalisation.

But do we fully understand what being part of this global community means? How do we define our global identity? What is it? Who decides it? What are the responsibilities and consequences that young people have with this global identity and how important is it for youth work and youth spaces to engage in developing this identity and relationship with our planet and its people?

We are living through a critical time in history when we face climate, economic and political crises, along with threats to values of democracy, cohesion, solidarity, equality, human rights, and sustainability. The Covid-19 global health pandemic has brought many issues (and opportunities) to the fore and really challenged solidarity within and between nations particularly in poorer countries and states. Racist and anti-migrant narratives are becoming more mainstream, with a rise of far-right politics and the spread of hate speech and false information.

One of the many challenges within communities and people around the world has been the dynamics of individual choices and collective decision making. It has been a moment where power inequalities have become more apparent in creating further injustice and inequality across the planet. The power of the individual mindset remains at the forefront of society with social media, consumerism, and mass media feeding our fears that is fracturing and dividing young people throughout the world.

One of the many highlights from this year’s One World Week will be the two Youth Global Summits taking place during the week of November 20th to 27th. The Summits will focus on the global collective journey of young people from across Ireland and the world.

Throughout the week we will hear from young people and youth organisations on how globally connected their identity and organisations have become. You will join young people and youth workers for fun interactive activities, powerful stories of collective journeys, important discussion on the lives of young people, the SDGs, and taking action!

One World Week Events

Event 1 – Saturday 20th – Youth Ideas to Global Youth Action !

Young Voices – EU Youth Dialogue & the 25% project are teaming up with the Global Youth Work programme on the launch of One World Week, a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland.

Event 2 – Tuesday 23rd – Working for YOUth? Global Youth Work Seminar

The recent effects of COVID 19 shows high levels of youth unemployment in Ireland. Education, training, and employment outcomes amongst young people in the Global North are evidently exacerbated by policies that fall short in addressing structural barriers and in reducing inequality. Many of these structural issues pre-date the global pandemic.

Event 3 – Wednesday 24th – One World, Many Stories

Join Scouting Ireland’s Youth Summit for an evening of campfire story-telling, community and global citizenship!

Event 4 – Thursday 25th – Young People, Youth Work and the Gaming Identity

The use of board game and digital games can be a powerful tool in working with young people. The use and consuming of digital games and gaming have a massive influence on young peoples lives in today’s society. How connected is gaming in shaping todays youth and informing their global identity.

Event 5 – Friday 26th – Sustainable Sleepover Club Live Podcast

This Summit will focus on what exactly is a young person’s global identity in today’s society. During this online event we will hear from young people from YMCA Cork on exploring their global identity as young activists and working collectively across Cork, Ireland, the podcasting world, and the world.

One World Week 2021 is a collaboration with our member organisations, Scouting Ireland, YMCA Cork, Limerick Institute of Technology, and our Youth 2030 partners. One World Week is funded by Irish Aid.

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