In September 2012, Elaine Mahon – NYCI Development Education officer – completed her mandate as Dóchas representative on the CONCORD Development Education (DARE) forum. Bobby McCormack of Development Perpsectives takes over from Elaine and we wish him all the best!
CONCORD is the confederation of European non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for relief and development. They have a permanent working group on development education called the DARE Forum (Development Awareness-Raising and Education). DEEEP is a project funded by the European Commission to coordinate and manage the activities of the DARE forum. The DEEEP project has been funded 4 times by the EC and is now planning for the future of the project (beginning January 2012).
From May 2010 until September 2012, NYCI Development Education Project Officer Elaine Mahon acted as the Irish representative at the DARE forum (Development Awareness-Raising and Education) Forum of CONCORD.
Elaine represented Dóchas and its members involved in development education at the DARE Forum. Dóchas is the Irish umbrella body for NGOs and development organisations and the national platform in Ireland of CONCORD. NYCI is a member of Dóchas and a member of the Development Education group (DEG) of Dóchas. As the Dóchas representative at CONCORDs’ DARE Forum, Elaine’s role was to represent what is happening in development education in Dóchas and Ireland to the other members of the DARE Forum, and in turn feedback to colleagues in Ireland about initiatives in the field of development education at European level. Meetings of the forum take place twice per year.
Youth and Children working group
The vision of the Youth and Children working group is: “Youth and children have an increasingly important potential and role to play in development education and awareness-raising, not only as target groups of what is ‘taught’, but as promoters and leaders of development education and awareness-raising in their own right through peer education and leadership.” The working group has approximately 8 active members, is chaired by NYCI and the vice-chair is Plan Finland. The working group has two main aims:
1. Ensuring that the perspectives of youth and children, and organisations which work with
them are inform policies and practices within development NGOs and development education
2. Promoting the relevance of development education to child and youth organisations and the
importance of bringing a global perspective into their work
– On March 1 2012, the European Parliament opened signatures for a written declaration on “Development Education and Active Global Citizenship”. To be adopted, at least half of the MEPs need to sign and this majority was reached on 4 July. The declaration asks for reinforcing strategies in development education, awareness raising and active global citizenship at European and national level. Although a declaration is non-binding, it is an important first ‘official’ step in terms of recognising the role of development education at EU level. Visit the website: http://citizens.concordeurope.org/ for more details on the Declaration, or to download a postcard on development education and the Declaration in all official languages of the EU, including Irish! In May 2012 the CONCORD DARE Forum held its bi-annual meeting in Strasbourg and was present at the European Parliament. Click here for more details on the declaration on development education.
– The European Commission is planning its first ever strategy for Development Education and Awareness Raising (DEAR). On 7 May 2012 in Brussels there will be a “DEAR stakeholder meeting” to initiate planning of the strategy. This is one of the EC’s responses to the report carried out in 2010 on its funding to Development Education (DEAR Study). More information will be available soon. Some of the key messages of the DARE forum are available in the article ‘The time is ripe for a European development education strategy’ available in the ‘DEAR Matters’ collection of articles.
– Speaking at the European Youth Forum on young people and development education in campaigning for the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Download Elaine’s speech here.
– Feeding into the DEAR (development education and awareness-raising) Study of the European Commission online and at a conference in Brussels 11-12 October, 2010. The full report and study was launched at the European Development Days 2010 and is now available here with recommendations from the external consultants for the EC on future funding to DEAR. The next European Commission’s call on Development Education (DEAR) activities for NGOs (and other non-State Actors) to apply to will be sometime around June 2011. There will also be another Call in 2012. More information on the Call will be available soon.
– The Multi-stakeholder Group for Development Education (including DARE forum and the North-South centre) organised a joint event at European Development Days entitled ‘Do Europeans care about the rest of the World?’ The entire event is now available online: (http://www.deeep.org/mshactivities.html ). Here you will find a press review refering to the event. Several of the reviews were written by “Young reporters against poverty”, a competition launched by the European Journalism Centre, with the financial support of the European Commission.
At a conference organised by the Centre for Global Education in Belfast on 26 January the topic ‘Global/Development Education across Europe: Actors, approaches, debates and recent trends’ was discussed. Johannes Krause (imPuls organisation, Germany) facilitated the day’s workshop and you can download his notes ‘DEAR (Dev Ed and Awareness Raising) in Europe – in 5 pages‘ here. Johannes Krause was one of the authors of the DEAR Study commissioned by the EC, and also wrote ‘DE Watch‘, the European Development Education Monitoring Report.
Please contact Elaine at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to contribute or have questions.