We work in partnership with education bodies, researching practical ways to bring global issues to life in the classroom, advocating for space within the curriculum and making connections between local and global contexts.
Trócaire is a partner to Global Schools: Primary Education for a Just World – an EU funded project, part -financed by the Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR) Programme of the European Commission.
The overall aim of the project is to embed global learning into primary curricula across Europe.
Trócaire, along with St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra are the Irish partners and Ireland is part of a consortium of European countries taking part in the project, which launched in April 2015 and is due to finish in March 2018.
The project includes Continuous Professional Development for teachers (CPD), school workshops, international teacher exchanges and more.
A senior primary animation telling the stories of two children from different parts of the world, faced with the difficult decision of whether or not to leave home. This animation draws on similarities between the Irish experience of migration during the great famine, and the current refugee crisis.
A new Trócaire climate action badge has been officially launched with the Irish Girl Guides (IGG) and their 12,000 members. The result of an ongoing partnership with IGG, the badge was inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 13 – ‘Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.’
The badge is part of an integrated programme for Ladybirds (5-7 year olds), Brownies (7-10 year olds), Guides (10-14 year olds) and Senior Branch (14-30 years ) where girls participate in a series of activities related to climate action so they can earn their Trócaire badge and wear it with pride
Just Children is a global citizenship education programme which builds on the storybook Mama Panya’s Pancakes to support 3 – 6 year olds’ engagement with global justice issues.
The programme was created by Education for a Just World, a partnership between Trócaire and the Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. Research was carried out with 3 – 6 year olds to examine children’s engagement with global issues. The Just Children Story Sack resource was produced based on this research to support Early Years educators in exploring concepts such as: fairness, interdependence, near and far and similarity and difference, in a global context with young children.
The story of Mama Panya’s Pancakes is set in Kenya, and depicts the journey made by Adika and his mother to their local market. The activities and materials in the sack are linked to the Early Year’s curriculum Aistear and the Primary School Curriculum. The materials include:
Storybook: Mama Panya’s Pancakes
Four Mama Panya’s Pancakes posters
Eight photographs of Cecelia, depicting the daily life of young girl living in urban Kenya
The Adika puppet (pictured right)
CD of stories and music
A booklet containing activities linked with both Aistear and the Primary School Curriculum
Trócaire’s Education Officer is available to visit your school or childcare centre to facilitate a Just Children training workshop . This workshop has been designed to equip the Early Years educator with the knowledge, skills and tools to incorporate a global perspective into their practice. The two hour workshop presents the research findings and highlights the rational and significance of global justice education at Early Years. This is followed by hands on activities from the Just Children booklet and group discussion.
If you have a group of 20 or more educators and would like to arrange a workshop or to order the full pack (price: €25/£20 or €20/£18 for student teachers), please email the Development Education team at [email protected] or phone (01) 629 3333
Phase 2 of the Education for a Just World partnership has launched a new storybook for children, a teacher’s resource book and a research report.
Farid’s Rickshaw Ride: A story of a young boy in Bangladesh getting ready for a visit from his cousin living in Ireland.
Just Children 2: A critical literacy teaching resource which explores the themes of trade, climate change, migration and human rights
Children’s Global Thinking: A research report on children’s engagement with critical literacy and development education
Research was carried out with 7 – 9 year olds to examine their engagement with critical literacy and global justice education. The Just Children 2 programme was developed based on this research to support teachers in critically exploring issues such as trade, climate change, migration and human rights with their students.
Farid’s Rickshaw Ride is the story of a boy’s eventful journey around Dhaka. Beautifully illustrated, the story includes different perspectives on Bangladesh, Ireland and our global connections. The programme provides activities and resources for using Farid’s Rickshaw Ride for cross curricular learning in senior primary school.
In 2013, Trócaire embarked on a two-year partnership with Green Schools on a Global Citizenship theme for primary and secondary schools. The purpose of this project was to improve understanding of Development Education and issues affecting people in the developing world. Schools worked through seven steps in order to apply for a green flag to acknowledge their effort.
WATCH: Students from Corduff Junior Primary School, Blanchardstown, Dublin talk about climate change and the environment.
In order to qualify for the much acclaimed ‘Green Flag’ award level, schools must have shown substantial progress towards completing ‘one large scale project topic and indicated involvement with two others’. Through our expertise Trócaire has been working in partnership with Eco-Schools to incorporate a Global Perspective in the classroom. We have jointly produced a resource for Key Stage 2 pupils entitled Go Green Go Global which provides a range of activities for use in the classroom. Other initiatives include a joint wall mural on Climate Change on the Falls Road, Belfast.
To find out more about how to get your school involved in the Eco-Schools programme log onto www.eco-schoolsni.org
If your school is already involved in the Eco-Schools programme and would like Trócaire’s education officer to visit your school to run a global citizenship workshop with your students email Rosie Murray.
DevelopmentEducation.ie is a development and human rights education resource maintained by a consortium of organisations based in Ireland, including: 80:20 Educating & Acting for a Better World, Aidlink, Concern Worldwide, IDEA, Irish Aid, Self-Help Africa and Trócaire.
This website contains a broad range of materials exploring a variety of development issues and topics. Materials are available for teachers and educators, using cartoons and photographs in education and lots more.