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Zambia-Ireland youth worker exchange

 

Zambian youth worker Hellen Chaponda addresses the Dublin central event for One World Week

NYCI Zambia-Ireland exchange report now available! The NYCI Zambia-Ireland youth worker exchange aims to build sustainable links between youth organisations in Zambia and Ireland. The report of the 2011 youth worker exchange written by Barefeet Theatre Zambia is now available.

Here Zambian youth worker Hellen Chaponda addresses the Dublin central event for One World Week in 2011.

What is the Zambia-Ireland youth worker exchange?

Exchange Corner: Read about past participants' experiences in Ireland and Zambia

The 2011 Exchange

Previous Exchanges

The exchange as a positive example of development education practice

What is the Zambia-Ireland youth worker exchange?

The first exchange took place in 2006. Following a successful visit by three Zambian youth workers to Ireland in 2005 during One World Week, NYCI and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World identified the need for an exchange of youth workers rather than just having traditional study visits. Specifically, the objectives of the exchange are:

  • to share ideas and methodologies in youth work
  • to link development issues more firmly into youth activities and programmes
  • to share something of the local contexts of each others’ work
  • to begin to build an agenda for further developing the work together in the future

Exchange Corner: Read about past participants' experiences in Ireland and Zambia

To read about the experience of participants over the years, go to the Exchange Corner...

The 2011 Exchange

In 2011, Zambian youth workers visited Ireland from 10-20 November 2011, and the report is now aavailable to read here. In 2011, Irish youth organisations had a chance of working with one of the Zambian youth workers on a 3-day work placement from 15-17 November were as follows:

  • Felix Chali (Barefeet Theatre) will be placed with Foróige, Donegal
  • Hellen Chaponda (Restless Development) will be placed with Clare Youth Service
  • Darius Musukwa (YMCA Zambia) will be placed with Catholic Youth Care – Ronanstown Youth Service
  • Moomba Mbolongwe (Grassroots Soccer Skillz Zambia) will be placed with YMCA Ireland (West Dublin).

The full profile of the visiting Zambian youth workers is available here.

The Zambian youth workers also attended both One World Week central events in Cork (Saturday 12 November) and Dublin (Saturday 19 November), as well as having other meetings with youth and community-based organisations. To register your group to attend either event, please contact us.

Due to budgetary changes, the outgoing visit of Irish youth workers to Zambia will not take place in 2011.

Previous Exchanges

2010 was the 6th year of the exchange, and the report of the  exchange is now available to download from our website.The full report of the 2010 exchange can be downloaded here. A report of the first exchange in 2006 can be downloaded here.

In 2010, all participants in the exchange in Ireland and Zambia visit youth organisations as well as being placed in a youth work setting for 2 days while in country. Each group also runs a session with young people in the country they're visiting on the One World Week theme of 'Framing Our World - Images and Messages in Development'. In addition, all participants are involved in a photograph assignment whereby they must take photos that surprise them about the country they're visiting, and photos of other images which they expected to see. The photos will be displayed at the One World Week Central Event in Dublin on 20 November.

The Irish group travelled to Zambia from Wednesday 28 October until Monday 8 November.  Three youth leaders from Ireland (TJ Hourihan, YMCA; Laura Dennehy, Foróige Blanchardstown Youth Service; Noel Carroll, EIL Intercultural Learning) were accompanied by Elaine Mahon the NYCI Development Education project officer in Zambia. During the 11 days in Zambia, the Irish group had meetings with a number of youth organisations including the Zambian Youth Workers Association, Barefeet Theatre group, Chawama Youth Project as well as the Irish Embassy Irish Aid office, and the National Youth Development Council of Zambia. The Irish group also met extensively with the organisations of the 5 Zambian participants in the coming to Ireland from 12 - 25 November from Africa Directions, Barefeet. Junior Achievement Zambia, Savannah Intercultural Institute and Young Women in Action.  The exchange was greatly facilitated by Lucas Phiri, Youth Association of Zambia who participated in the exchange in 2009, as well as the 80:20 office in Lusaka.

Meeting between the Irish group and the Savannah Intercultural Institute (a member of which is travelling to Ireland during the exchange), Lusaka

During the 12-25 November, 5 Zambian youth workers participated in a return visit to Ireland. The Zambian youth workers met several of NYCI member organisations, the Dóchas Development Education Group members working on the Code of Conduct, youth work students at NUI Maynooth, students of international development at DCU and participated in the EIL Networking weekend. The group also took part in both One World Week Central Events in Dublin and Cork. More information is available on the central events here.

In addition, the Zambian youth workers completed 2.5 day placements with various youth organisations around Ireland including EIL/Mayfield Community Arts, YMCA (Cork/West Dublin), Foroige Blanchardstown Youth Service (BYS), Ronanstown Youth Service and the Gaf Youth Cafe, Galway.

The exchange as a positive example of development education practice

The European Youth Forum recently launched a new edition of their publication 'Development Needs Youth'. The NYCI Zambia-Youth Worker exchange is featured as an example of good practice. See more here.

A full report of the 2010 exchange can be downloaded here.

More information on follow-up and feedback from the participants in the exchange is available here.