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Global Views, Local Voices 2011

'Global Voices, Local Views' seminars were a series of events that took place promoting the value of diversity and interculturalism in development education with young people. The seminars took place in Monaghan (22 March), Galway (28 March) and Kilkenny (1 April). See more here..

March 21st is the International Day for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination and part of the European-wide Action Week against Racism.

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) hosted three regional seminars for youth leaders and minority ethnic communities in the North-East (Monaghan), West (Galway) and South-East (Kilkenny).

George Enyoazu, Dundalk, addresses the group in Monaghan

George Enyoazu, Dundalk, addresses the group in Monaghan (Iontas centre, Castleblayney)

The half-day seminars covered an introduction to development education, intercultural work, and some good practice youth work examples of development education in an intercultural group. The seminars also explored positive ways for youth organisations and minority ethnic communities to collaborate in youth work and development education.

The events were made possible and enhanced by the particpation of facilitators and youth workers who showcased their work as follows:

  • Monaghan - thanks to facilitators Margaret Clarke and Garret Conlan, as well as speakers George Enyoazu and Mary and Monica from Youth Work Ireland Monaghan.
  • Galway - thanks to the facilitator Son Gyoh and the youth work examples from a joint project between Gort Community School and Gort No Name Club (Margaret Geraghty), and SPARK/the Gaf Youth Cafe (Sinéad Allen and Isabel Daly).
  • Kilkenny - thanks to the facilitator Dorothy Maduewesi from Waterford One World Centre, and Joseph, Jacinta and Garret from Ossory Youth.

   Participants listen to a youth work presentation, Galway   

Participants listen to a youth work presentation, Galway (Jigsaw premises)

The seminars included sessions on defining Global Justice, comparing development and intercultural education, linking local and global issues with young people, advantages and challenges of doing development education in youth work, identifying good practice, and exploring identity and working with different ethnic and cultural groups.

Participants included youth workers, students, volunteers, teachers, representatives from Community Development Projects and different community organisations including Afro-Caribbean, Biafran, Congolese, Irish Traveller, Islamic, Nigerian, and Ruhingya, as well as County Councils, Intercultural Centres, One World Centres, and VEC youth officers. For a full brief on the outcomes of each seminar, click here.

    Participants engage in a group exercise, Kilkenny    

Participants engage in a group exercise, Kilkenny (Ossory Youth)

From more information on these events, or any others, or if you are interested in hosting a regional development education seminar in your organisation or area, please contact