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What is development education?

Development education in youth work aims to support young people to increase their awareness and understanding of the interdependent and unequal world in which we live, through a process of interactive learning, debate, action and reflection. It challenges perceptions of the world and encourages young people to act for a more just and equal society at a national and an international level.

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Are you doing development education with young people? Send us your story!

NYCI development education project is looking to gather examples of doing development education in youth work. We are looking for stories of development education in all types of youth work settings, and all over the country. Please contact us to tell your story via deved@nyci.ie

To see previous examples of good practice in development education from youth work organisations, see our publication "Going Global". We hope to bring you more recent examples soon.

Development education in youth work aims to support young people to increase their awareness and understanding of the interdependent and unequal world in which we live, through a process of interactive learning, debate, action and reflection. DE challenges perceptions of the world and encourages young people to act for a more just and equal society at a personal, local, national and global level.

Cartoon on Global Justice

Development education in youth work is about...

  • Justice
  • Global development
  • Starting from young people's experiences
  • Human rights
  • Global citizenship
  • Listening to young people
  • Exploring the connections between young people in Ireland and the Majority World
  • Understanding the causes and consequences of global poverty and inequality
  • Learning from and sharing with people in the Majority World
  • Understanding how our actions affect people in the Majority World
  • Justice rather than charity
  • Learning through participation and action
  • Challenging stereotypes and prejudice
  • Respecting different cultures and challenging the dominance of one culture over another
  • Having Fun
  • Learning how countries depend on each other
  • Solidarity with people who are poor, marginalised or discriminated against
  • Concern for the environment
  • Celebrating the diversity of people in our world
  • Enabling young people to imagine a better world
  • Taking action for a more just and fair world

NYCI believes that every young person in Ireland involved in voluntary youth work should have access to quality development education. During 2004-2007 (extended to 2015), Irish Aid had a Development Education Strategy for the Voluntary Youth Sector. You can read that Strategy here. A newer strategy has been in place since then www.irishaid.ie/media/irishaid/allwebsitemedia/20newsandpublications/publicationpdfsenglish/development-education-strategy-plan-2007-2011.pdf  Irish Aid will develop a new strategy during 2015 and will launch this in 2016. NYCI together with its membership and others hope to influence the direction of development education in Ireland particularly the youth sector to maximise the support for and involvement of youth organisations in embedding development education (global youth work) into its everyday youth work in Ireland.

The NYCI Development Education Programme provides a range of supports to youth organisations:

Programme Support
Support to individual youth organisations to design and develop programmes and activities that incorporate development education.

Training for Youth Workers
The programme delivers training at a national and local level to youth workers on a range of development and justice issues. The DEP also works with individual youth organisations to design and deliver training to youth workers.

Resource Production and Dissemination
The DEP produces theme-specific educational resources/publications annually. These can be found via www.youthdeved.ie/nyci/publications and www.oneworldweek.ie/resources The programme also supports individual youth organisations to produce their own publications.

One World Week
One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year. During One World Week young people throughout Ireland learn about local and global justice issues and take action to bring about change. NYCI supports this engagement through grants, training, advice, and events. NYCI links in with Global Education Week (EU-wide DE initiative) in the run up to and during this week. Check out www.oneworldweek.ie for more information and contact us directly if you'd like to get involved via deved@nyci.ie

Promotion of Good Practice
In the Development Education Programme we promote good practice for development education in youth work. Going Global! is a set of good practice guidelines based on the experience of youth groups of integrating a global justice perspective into their work.

Networking and International Opportunities
We promote networking for development education in youth work locally, nationally and internationally. The programme seeks to provide opportunities to youth workers and, where appropriate young people, to participate in international opportunities related to development and justice issues.

Representation

NYCI is represented by the Development Education Programme on a number of bodies to further its advocacy and practice objectives.

Information Sharing
Through the NYCI websites, DE newsletter, NYCI Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, and direct contact with youth groups locally and nationally, the NYCI DE programme continually shares information about who is doing what in development education in youth work.

Research and Policy Development
NYCI is committed to influencing policy on relevant global development and justice issues affecting young people. It works with Government, Development Education organisations, youth organisations and young people to develop policies.

NYCI is committed to producing quality research in order to inform the practice of development education in youth work in Ireland. The Development Education Programme commissioned Maurice Devlin and Hilary Tierney from the Department of Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University to carry out qualitative research on youth workers' and young people's attitudes to development and global justice issues. The research is available to download here. A Roundtable on DE and youth took place in October 2014 and the findings from this day are available here www.youthdeved.ie/roundtable14  and will be used to inform key priorities for DE in the youth sector going into the future.