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REPORT: Learning for the Seventh Generation; The Importance of a Global Perspective in Irish Education

IDEA 2011 Annual Conference 17th June 2011 in Wood Quay Space, Dublin 2. +353 (0)1 661 8831

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Contents INTRODUCTION ...................................................................................................................................3 What Were the Key Outcomes of the Conference?................................................................................3 PROGRAMME ......................................................................................................................................5 CONTRIBUTORS .......................................................................................................................................6 Photographs of the Day...........................................................................................................................8 OUTCOMES OF THE DAY .......................................................................................................................10 FigFEEDBACK ON THE DAY ....................................................................................................................14 FEEDBACK ON THE DAY .........................................................................................................................15 Written Feedback from Participants .....................................................................................................16 Delegates List ........................................................................................................................................19 Web Links to Further Information.........................................................................................................21 +353 (0)1 661 8831

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INTRODUCTION IDEA 2011 Annual Conference 17th June LEARNING FOR THE SEVENTH GENERATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE IN IRISH EDUCATION Facilitator: Annette Honan (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) Speaker: Sylvia Borren (Greenpeace, Netherlands) Panellists: Moira Leydon (ASTI) Dr. Gerry Jeffers (NUI Maynooth), Lorraine Gilleece (Educational Research Centre) What Were the Key Outcomes of the Conference? This was IDEA’s fourth annual conference. In the past, IDEA’s conferences always served a capacitybuilding function. It is a mark of the Association’s growth over the last 2.5 years that there are many other IDEA events throughout the year that aim to build the capacity of the development education sector, and so, for the 2011 Annual Conference it was considered appropriate to focus on DE within formal education in Ireland. As the Rationale for the conference explained, there have been many achievements in recent decades towards mainstreaming a Global Perspective in Irish education. However, economic crises threaten this progress and changes within the education system expose DE to the risk of being “squeezed out” of the curriculum. With this in mind, we asked the question, how can DE become truly embedded across all teaching and learning and avoid being reduced to an optional “add-on” to the curriculum? A number of key themes emerged from the discussions of contributors and delegates. 1. The need to engage in more advocacy for Dev Ed, including becoming more aware of and making contributions to policy in formal education. This goes beyond advocating for a global perspective in new syllabi but also extends to advocating for an educational system that enables DE to become a central feature of all teaching and learning. New studies such as the ICCS report presented by Dr. Lorraine Gilleece were welcomed and delegates commented that the DE sector should begin to use evidence such as this in our advocacy work. 2. Connected to the first point, the need for closer collaboration between DE organisations and other stakeholders that support DE was articulated. It was felt that more policy change would be achieved by communicating more with each other and by working together. 3. The importance of schools as being at the “heart of educational change” was highlighted, with one panellist asking for us to see schools as “moral institutions”. Delegates felt that teachers and school leaders needed renewed support from the DE sector to be able to effect change from the school up. This point also links to the first, in that delegates felt that simultaneous “top-down” and “bottom-up” work needed to be done to create an enabling environment for a true embedding of a global perspective. 4. Listening to learners and including students’ views was also a key point for delegates, many of whom commented positively about the presentations from students on the day. For IDEA, the conference was an important step forward in its aim to make DE a core aspect of formal education in Ireland. Within IDEA, a working group of members have already begun to work on creating a set of Good Practice examples of DE in Schools. This will be launched before the end of 2011. In September 2011 IDEA begins a new three-year strategy (you can download and read it +353 (0)1 661 8831

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here). With this new Plan there is more scope for IDEA to work with its members to ensure that DE messages are well understood by those working in education. Furthermore, IDEA aims to create a more enabling policy environment for DE and we will therefore work with our members to engage in policy-making processes in the formal education sector. IDEA is an inclusive and dynamic network of individuals and organisations. Co-operation and collaboration is at the heart of what we do and we hope that, as mentioned in the key points above, this conference marks the beginning of greater collaboration between all those with an interest in embedding a global perspective across all teaching and learning. We hope you find this report useful and informative. It includes a list of weblinks to relevant organisations and policy documents as a starting point for deeper engagement with policy. Presentations and more photographs can be found on our website here: You can also find there, the Conference Programme and original rationale. You can see photos of the event on our Flickr stream. Please connect with us on Facebook Idea Ireland and Twitter IDEAIreland to be kept up-to-date on all that is happening in the DE world. We look forward to seeing you at the next event! +353 (0)1 661 8831

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PROGRAMME TIME ACTIVITY 10:00 Registration 10:30 Welcome and Introduction Agenda 10:45 Keynote Address: Active Global Citizenship: What is Needed from Teachers Schools and Education Systems 11:15 Panel Discussion

12:00 Questions and Comments from attendees 12:30 What does good DE look and feel like in our schools and colleges? A presentation of some examples. 13:00 LUNCH 14:00 Introduction to Afternoon Discussion An Overview of Directions and Developments in Education in Ireland 14:15 Discussions at tables: How do we move from curriculum linkages to embedding a global perspective across all teaching and learning? 15:00 Harvesting the Discussion: Sharing insights and inspiration 15:20 Plenary: Feeding Forward 15:40 Summing up Implications for Development Education in Ireland 16:00 Close of Conference

Matthias Fiedler IDEA Annette Honan NCCA Sylvia Borren, Greenpeace Netherlands Moira Leydon (ASTI) Dr. Gerry Jeffers (NUI Maynooth) Dr. Lorraine Gilleece (ERC) Educators and learners from various backgrounds Annette Honan NCCA

Table hosts

Table hosts and attendees together Matthias Fiedler IDEA +353 (0)1 661 8831

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CONTRIBUTORS ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS ANNETTE HONAN (NCCA) Annette Honan works as an Education Consultant with the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment. She has led projects across a range of subjects as well as working with schools in leading and supporting changes within senior cycle and junior cycle. She represents the NCCA on the Development Education Advisory Committee (DEAC) and is author of numerous articles and research reports on development education. Previously she worked as Head of Education and Campaigns with Trocaire. SYLVIA BORREN (GREENPEACE, NETHERLANDS) Sylvia Borren (1950) is Dutch-born, and migrated with her family to New Zealand. Back in the Netherlands from 1976 she worked in Health Education, as an organisational consultant with De Beuk (1985-1994), and as Director of Oxfam Novib (1994-2008). She was active in (inter)national lesbian, Gay and Women’s movements, and on the board of a large Mental Health Institute. Since leaving Oxfam Novib Sylvia was a member of the Advisory Council on International Affairs of the Dutch Government, and chair of Quality Educators for All, a programme to develop training for non-formal teachers in developing countries. She was part of the International Women’s Commission for a just and sustainable peace in Palestine and Israel. Sylvia Borren today is co-chair of the Global Call for Action against Poverty (GCAP), and its Dutch chapter EEN. She is also co-chair of the Worldconnectors, a diverse Dutch thinktank of concerned citizens Since February 2011 Sylvia Borren is Executive Director of Greenpeace Netherlands. MOIRA LEYDON (ASTI) Moira Leydon is an Assistant General Secretary with the ASTI and has responsibility for co-ordinating broad education policy, including teacher education, in the ASTI. ASTI is Ireland’s main second level teacher’s union. She is currently the Chairperson of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ Global Solidarity Committee. She also serves as the Chairperson of Irish Aid’s Development Education Advisory Committee. DR. GERRY JEFFERS (NUI MAYNOOTH) Gerry Jeffers works in the Education Department of MUI Maynooth as a Lecturer in 'Innovation and Development in Schools' since September 2000. He is the +353 (0)1 661 8831

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author of numerous articles and books on innovation in schools, citizenship education and on Transition year. DR LORRAINE GILLEECE Dr Lorraine Gilleece is a Research Associate at the Educational Research Centre in St Patrick's College, Drumcondra. She has worked on a number of international large scale comparative studies in education such as the OECD's Teaching and Learning International Survey and the IEA's International Civic and Citizenship Education Study. She also contributed to the national report on the National Assessments of English reading and mathematics and is currently working on analyses of data from the National Assessments of English reading and mathematics in Irish-medium schools. Prior to working at the Educational Research Centre, she worked as a Research and Evaluation Officer at the County Monaghan Partnership. Presenters: Grace Fitzgerald, student teacher in UCD School of Education and High School, Rathgar, Dublin 6. David Doyle, student in Trinity College Dublin. Currently writing for several newspapers. Also works in a voluntary capacity for several NGOs. Oisin Mc Hugh, Eimer Heffernan and Mags Territt (teacher) Presentation College Carlow. Table Hosts: Aoife Titley (DICE) Mella Cusack (CDU) Tara McGrath (SHA/ student) Michael Denny (Loreto School Network) Mags Territt (Presentation College Carlow) +353 (0)1 661 8831

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Photographs of the Day All the photographs were taken by volunteer Federico Gonzales from the Latin American Solidarity Centre.

Figure 1: Heidi Holden (IDEA) and Mbemba Jabbi (Africa Centre) register attendees.

Figure 2: Sylvia Borren (Greenpeace Netherlands) gives the keynote address.

Figure 3: Matthias Fiedler (IDEA) welcomes the attendees.

Figure 4: Dr. Lorraine Gilleece (ERC) was the first of the panellists to speak.

Figure 5: Annette Honan (NCCA) facilitator on the day, starts the morning off.

Figure 6: Moira Leydon (ASTI), panellist, responds from the perspective of teachers. +353 (0)1 661 8831

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Figure 7: Dr. Gerry Jeffers (NUI Maynooth) responds with ideas for teacher educators.

Figure 8: Oisin McHugh and Eimear Heffernan presenting

Figure 9: Grace Fitzgerald presenting

Figure 10: David Doyle presenting +353 (0)1 661 8831

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Figure 11: Discussion at the Student table

Figure 12: Delegates in discussion

AFTERNOON DISCUSSION Q: How can we move beyond curriculum links to truly embedding a global perspective across all teaching and learning? In the afternoon, Annette Honan gave a short presentation about opportunities and challenges within the formal education system, outlining opportunities for Development Education. Directly after this the room was divided into 6 discussion tables, each representing a different perspective from formal education. Participants chose to sit a table where they felt they could contribute most to the discussion. They were given the option to move to another table after 15 minutes. At the end of the discussion time, each group were asked to distil the points raised into 2-3 “Key ideas� to share with all delegates. These were posted on flipchart paper and delegates were given some time to walk around, read and discuss the ideas. A plenary discussion with the entire room was then held to bring out some of the common themes.

Figure 13: Reviewing Flipcharts

Figure 14: Reviewing flipcharts

Summary of Key Ideas from each Discussion Table: Teacher Education 1. Naming of ethical issues within subject areas 2. Start with the teacher educators- they need CPD in DE especially regarding links with their methodologies for subjects +353 (0)1 661 8831

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3. Need to challenge student teachers own values about learning methods and global justice. Student teachers also need to have opportunity for democracy in action 4. Make engagement with global dimensions to their teaching a part of teaching practice assessment 5. Personal experience of teachers as resource Continuous Professional Development of Teachers 1. Acknowledge the positive: empower teachers to build on what they have 2. Outside facilitator brought in for staff development day, “Don’t need to be an expert to be in Dev Ed” 3. Whole school approach 4. Irish Aid addressing CPD as a support mechanism School Leadership 1. Children’s Rights as a “hook” (justice perspective) 2. School leaders- VECs, Patrons, Boards of Managment, Principals- enabling teachers to undertake the “new” way of teaching. 3. Examples of Good Practice e.g. Pavee Point Yellow Flag, Amnesty Human Rights, School patron bodies who have bought into the idea. Curriculum 1. Use the skills framework (NCCA) to facilitate inter-disciplinary and cross-curricular aproach 2. Opportunities through various curricular frameworks- there is a responsibility with development educators to become familiar with these and contribute to their development 3. Gather examples of innovative DE in schools- celebrate and replicate these. 4. Opportunities with the Croke Park Agreement- however the 33hours will get used up very quickly and will have to involve whole staff groups. Students 1. Only 4 non-students came to this table. This shows that people are NOT interested in a student perspective 2. Cross-cutting between all subjects 3. Abolish the examination process 4. Combine CSPE and Dev Ed to form one strong subject with more time dedicated +353 (0)1 661 8831

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5. Learn from the Global South- abolish the “donor-receiver� philosophy. 6. Make the subject student-led Policy and Advocacy 1. Top Down AND Bottom up: Interface with key policy makers (DES, NCCA, Teaching Council) to embed DE and Global Citizenship AND network and support teachers to do same (DE sector, parents, school management). 2.

Focus on IDEA submissions

3. Advocate for change- opportunity for young people to be advocates (of DE)

What Critical Insight or Challenge are you leaving with? Participants were asked to write down and share ONE critical insight or challenge that they would be taking away from the entire day. A common theme from the comments is about the need to become more involved in policy work, to be active advocates for Development Education and to make contributions to formal education policy and curriculum development. A second insight was about the value of consulting learners about Dev Ed and involving students in our discussions. Thirdly, a number of attendees commented that they had a better understanding of the need to support teachers and schools to effect change. We need bottom up and top down to make Dev Ed meaningful

Importance of engaging at level of curriculum formulation

Lobby the DES to give approval to key curricular elements e.g. politics and society (syllabus).

Need to get the DES on board as well as Irish Aid

Need to do more policy work

That there are a lot of people ready to make positive change. To go about making this change by lobbying government with possible solutions. +353 (0)1 661 8831

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I need to become more aware of curriculum documents relating to Dev Ed in order to challenge, inform and promote. Our system does not need reform. It needs to be revolutionised.

Really interesting perspective on the challenges and opportunities within Ireland. Also enthused me to think more creatively about forwarding the GE agenda.

We need to start from a positive attitude while acknowledging challenges- there are plenty of opportunities, we need to work together to use them.

There are big opportunities to bring Dev Ed to the school sector we just need to explore them

Changes in the Junior Cycle = opportunity.

Challenge: Having a curriculum, especially at post-primary level that can be adapted and has greater flexibility.

The contribution of young people in the development education discourse is fascinating and we have to engage them.

Don’t just speak about doing things- do them and change them. Listen to the people involved i.e. students.

Consult with pupils on resource development

To embed a global perspective across all learning we need to ask learners, the ones who know most about the current system.

Croke park (agreement) = opportunity.

Today was a very informative, interesting day for me... Probably the most challenging thing at present would be to find ways we can prove the impact of DE.

Dev Ed and structure of education are linked

That the principles of Dev Ed need to be understood and embedded as a priority. Action will follow proper understanding.

Support the teachers.

That teachers can feel isolated so there is a strong need for support networks and enabling environment.

Make Teacher Educators aware of the need for Dev Ed issues to permeate student teacher education so that it becomes part of what all teachers do in class.

“At the heart of education change is the school�

Using the UN charter on children- very interesting. I think we should be campaigning for adopting of UN Charter on Migrants (many students immigrants etc)

Human Rights documents as a guide. +353 (0)1 661 8831

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Too much emphasis on the good work taking place could lead to complacency about future work and the need for change. I need to become more aware of the multidimensional nature of Dev Ed and the different skill sets involved. Getting people from lots of different backgrounds to come to know one another. The day focused too much on formal education and curriculum- where were the other sectors? A lost opportunity for sharing.

Figure 13: Capturing feedback at the end of the day Fig +353 (0)1 661 8831

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FEEDBACK ON THE DAY Participants were asked to place a dot on the target, according to how well they felt we achieved each aim on the day. Dots at the centre represented most achieved, while those at the edge represented least achieved. Aim 1: Making a strong case for a global perspective in the Irish Education system

Aim 2: Helping to build relationships and connections between supporters of Dev Ed across all teaching and learning

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Written Feedback from Participants The following is a sample of comments from participants, reflecting the variety of perspectives coming from written feedback forms. Overall, how much did you enjoy the day? What is the most important insight or challenge that you will take from it? I really enjoyed the day. For me, the insight and challenge from the day are inter-connected. I think it was brilliant to have the chance to chat to people working in all different parts of the sector and to hear their experiences and what they are prioritising in the coming year. The challenge is figuring out how best to work together to strengthen the sector, when everybody is so seriously constrained by budgetary cuts and over-stretched resources. The inputs from the student teacher, college student and school students were fantastic, and well done for giving the time to these. Student teacher presentation on critical media literacy was fascinating and so creative. Very encouraging to hear the college student demonstrate that there is space for people to be involved with a wide range of organisations, and that there doesn’t need to be a competition for young people’s time and enthusiasm – this is something IDEA could continue to promote, to encourage more sharing and less competition – I don’t think this is necessarily a wide spread attitude in the sector The main insight gained is that there are so many opportunities for DE in formal education, and so many individuals and orgs that are broadly sympathetic to DE issues and methodologies---what we need to do as a sector is to coordinate our efforts and then I think that we will find that we are pushing against an open door! +353 (0)1 661 8831

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The most important insight I gained was not a new one, but the conference reaffirmed for me the necessity for the development education sector to engage more regularly and with more depth with teachers, principals and other school leaders and educators. It was refreshing to see so many teachers and some students at the conference – this provided a much more constructive and balanced conversation than can often be found at development education meetings and events when teachers are absent. For me, the most important insight and learning was through the young people and their presentation. They are our ‘product’ and as a sector we should be very proud of the work we do. We need to remind ourselves of that at times, and not be too bogged down with negatives- we are responsible for some great young people and great dev ed work. How relevant and informative did you find the following elements of the day: 1. keynote address by Sylvia Borren? • Very good—she spelled out the main issues and pressure points and set the tone for the day • Some interesting and useful points although a bit general in its analysis. I didn’t feel it really nailed the overall conference theme. • A little disappointing- Sylvia did not say anything new but she did say it in a refreshing new way 2. panel discussion? • good/useful background but seemed to me that there was some lack of questioning of assumptions and minimalist/safe understanding of dev ed. I found the presentation on critical lit very good. • This was the best part of the day. All of the contributions were interesting for different reasons and really engaged with the theme. • A little too diverse to draw a coherent idea from. • A little too dominated by ASTI, NCCA perspective and too much a forum for these organisations to put forward their interests. 3. afternoon presentation • A good overview of the curriculum and not overlong • The work of the NCCA is complex and hugely influential- it is very important that this is highlighted and shared • I think it was a great idea to include the perspectives of students and teachers on the day. Personally, I would have liked to have seen the contribution of a minority student (in terms of culture, language, nationality or identity) 4. afternoon discussion • I do think it was very hard to have a comprehensive discussion with 6/7 people in only 12 minutes. I know it was not supposed to be comprehensive, more a targeted approach, but I think people found it hard and possibly a little frustrating to be only settling in to a discussion and then to move on. • Time was too limited to provide any real engagement with the issues/questions • Very good---the structure worked well and the table leaders did very well in the difficult task of keeping people on task!

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The day ran very smoothly, the atmosphere was very relaxed and open – well done! I thought Annette was excellent and a great choice as facilitator because of her expertise and unique experience in Irish education. She did a great job of keeping everything ticking along nicely and I appreciated her inputs along the way. She has a lovely, easy yet commanding style which I think is very suited to such a role in the conference. The morning seemed a little long, but I think it was the right decision not to have breaks in between presentations as it was better to have the opportunity to talk to a lot of people later at lunch without feeling rushed. Excellent facilitation and opportunities to network. Please comment on the hosting of the day, including the venue, information provided and food. Great venue, lovely food. Very well organised and presented conference. Conference pack was very clever and portable. Very good. Lovely venue, food etc. However should have taken a break in fresh air at some stage! What other events would you like to see IDEA organising to further embed development education in all teaching and learning? I think it is brilliant for teachers to hear from international speakers like Sylvia Borren, Vanessa Andreotti, Douglas Bourn and others all of whom I have heard at IDEA events in the past few years. I also think it is important to see education as including all third level and further education. Perhaps seminars with international speakers focussing on underlying radical ideas - could be organised with support of ASTI and TUI. The importance of showcasing good practice really struck me during the day. I do think that this is one of the most effective avenues we have. More opportunities for practicing teachers and school leaders to engage in discussion with development education practitioners – starting from what schools themselves identify as useful. Follow up on the ideas that emerged from the discussions – challenge participants to identify what action they have taken (if any) after a certain period of time. A further event with the NCCA. My feeling is that we all could learn more about how the NCCA works and how we as DE people can more effectively input into their work. +353 (0)1 661 8831

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Delegates List

First Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13


22 Deirdre McDonnell 23 Deirdre Murray 24

Adrienne Boyle

Age Action

Agnes Dillon

Eureka Secondary School

Alan Costello


Alison Gilliland


Alison Leahy


Ãmal Abordán Bernal


Aneta Sarna

30 Polish Humanitarian Action Elaine Nevin

Angela Higgins

Co. Wicklow VEC

Ann Ryan

Educate Together

Anne Molloy

Amnesty International

Annette Mangan

Co. Wicklow VEC

Aoife Titley


Barbara O'Toole

Marino Institute of Education

14 Blathnaidh Colhoun 15 Carmel Madden

Deirdre O'Rourke

25 Diarmuid O’Mahony 26 Donie Kelly 27 28 29

31 32 33 34 35


Elaine Doyle

Stepup Puppets

Educate Together

Emma Murphy


Eva Creely


Freda Hughes

Palestine Education

Grace Fitzgerald

Heike Vornhagen

Link Community Development

Darran Irvine

Schools Across Borders

David Doyle

Student, Trinity College Dublin

Deborah Gadd

British Council, N Ireland


43 44


Emer Nowlan

Claire Glavey


Just Forests

Presentation College Carlow



Ballyfermot College of Further Education

Eimear Heffernan

Latin American Solidarity 39 Jessica Carson Centre (LASC) 40 School of Education, UCD John Alexander


Mary Immaculate College

Kimmage DSC

16 Catherine Shaughnessy 17 Celine Healy



Eilish Dillon

36 Heather Manchester 37 Loreto Education Centre Helen Mahony Irish Aid

Loreto Secondary School, Bray

Joseph Clowry Ken Gibson Kevin Quinn Linda Kiely +353 (0)1 661 8831

StudentTeacher, UCD School of Ed Global Educators Training, Belfast Ballyfermot College of Further Education Gallwey One World Centre Mayfield Arts John Scottus School Combat Diseases of Poverty The Leprosy Mission Ireland British Council, Northern Ireland Loreto Secondary School, Bray

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45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67


Mags Liddy


Mags Territt

Presentation College Carlow

Margaret Cleary

Camara Education Africa

Maria Claire Kah


Mary McGarry

Habitat for Humanity

Matthew Shipsey

Global Schoolroom Project

Maura Matthews

Irish Aid

Mbemba Jabbi

Africa Centre

Mella Cusack


Michael Denny

Loreto School Network

Michael Doorly


Moira Leydon


Molly O'Duffy

Educate Together

Nogugu Mafu


Oisin McHugh

Presentation College Carlow

Olivia Klevan


Patsy Toland

Self Help Africa

Paul Conway

School of Education, UCC

Rosalind Duke


Shane O'Connor


Sharon Murray

Young Social Innovators

Sheila Dillon


Siobh谩in Brophy

Mary Robinson Foundation

68 Stephen McCloskey

70 71 72

Susan Gallwey

Waterford One World Centre

Tara McGrath

Self Help Africa

Therese Hegarty

Froebel College

Tom Roche

Just Forests

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Web Links to Further Information Development Education in Ireland IDEA: Links to members of IDEA: Resources for schools and educators: Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review. The DE Journal for Ireland, North and South

Formal Education Policy Makers and Policy Documents The National Council of Curriculum and Assessment Innovation and Identity: Ideas for a New Junior Cycle (NCCA) Draft Syllabus for Politics and Society subject at Senior Cycle Pathways Through the Junior Cycle: The Experiences of Second Year Students by the ESRI ml Curriculum Development Unit of the Dublin VEC An article about the Citizenship Education Project of the CDVEC Professional Development Service for teachers The Department of Education Inspectorate Educational Research Centre Educate Together Post-Primary Education Forum +353 (0)1 661 8831

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State Examinations Committee

Associations, Parent’s Committees and Teacher Unions National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals Subject Associations Representative Group Irish National Teachers Organisation Association of Secondary Teachers in Ireland Teachers Union of Ireland Joint Managerial Body, representing Boards of Management National Parents’ Council (Primary) National Parents’ Council Post Primary +353 (0)1 661 8831

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Thank you IDEA would like to thank everyone who contributed to this conference. In particular we would like to thank Annette Honan who provided expert advice and guidance leading up to the conference as well as facilitation on the day. We would like to thank our speakers, panellists and table hosts for giving their time so generously. A special word of thanks goes to the presenters for bringing their personal experience of great Dev Ed to the conference to share with us all. We would also like to thank the IDEA National Council and the IDEA Formal Education Working Group who supported this conference. The IDEA staff team are very grateful for the goodwill and strong engagement of all members. IDEA staff are: Heidi Holden (Administrator) Eimear McNally (Training and Communications Officer) Matthias Fiedler (Director) Contact us: Tel: +353 (0)1 6618831 Email: Web: Facebook: Idea Ireland Twitter: IDEAIreland +353 (0)1 661 8831

IDEA 2011 Annual Conference Report  

A report from the Annual Conference of the Irish Development Education Association, Learning for the Seventh Generation: The Importance of a...