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Development Education

Development Education is an active and creative educational process to increase awareness and understanding of the world we live in. It challenges perceptions and stereotypes by encouraging optimism, participation and action for a just world.

Climate Change Challenge 2015

Climate Change Challenge participants on their way to the People’s Climate March which took place in Dublin on 29th November 2015

What is Development Education?

Development education has been referred to by many names, most notably – Global Learning, Global Education, Global Citizenship. No matter what name you choose to use, if you are educating for a just and sustainable world, you are delivering Development Education.

Development Education is an important tool in making sense of complex issues which prevail in our ever-changing world. It is an active and creative educational process which aims to increase awareness and understanding of the world we live in. It should challenge perceptions and stereotypes by encouraging optimism, participation and action for a just world.

Trócaire uses Development Education to inform learners about global issues such as poverty, injustice, gender equality and climate change using a human rights lens. Our work engages children, young people and educators through a process of interaction, reflection and action. They are supported to make connections between their own lives and international social justice issues, and be empowered to make a positive difference in the world.

Video from the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies NI (CADA NI) asking students and educators to switch on to solve global problems, not switch off! #SwitchOn2GlobalIssues

What it’s not…

Development Education shouldn’t reinforce stereotypes or deny difference. It should not be used as a guise or mechanism to fundraise or push organisational agendas in schools and youth organisations. The public must be supported in their own conclusions on development and justice issues. In this context, Trócaire puts forward its own analysis and invites people to become involved. A key question for any educator wondering if they’re teaching effective development education is - how comfortable would I feel if a person or community I’m representing were a fly on the wall in my classroom or youth setting?

Can Development Education bring about lasting change?

The simple answer is YES! Since its inception in 1973, Trócaire has been working with children, young people and their educators to support and encourage them to recognise the powerful role they can play in bringing about a more just society. Development education is an active and creative process, and this brings additional benefits for the learner. As a process, it facilitates critical thinking from a variety of perspectives. Development education is built on awareness, analysis, reflection and action for justice and change.

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Trócaire’s Development Education

Our work engages children, young people and educators through a process of interaction, reflection and action.

They are supported to make connections between their own lives and international social justice issues, and be empowered to make a positive difference in the world.

EXPLORE: Bringing a justice perspective to creative and active learning

THINK: Nurturing imaginations by supporting students and educators to make connections between their own lives and social justice issues

ACT Empowering people to take action

 

trocaire development education model

Trócaire's Development Education team provides: