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There is an introduction to each issue, activities that you can do in your youth group, ideas for taking further action and links for getting more involved with the issue.

Child Labour

2008 is the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the UN Children's Convention on the Rights of the Child. This important instrument enshrines the rights of children to survive, develop, participate and be protected.


7 Billion and Growing

On October 31st, the UN announced that a Filipino girl named Danica was one of a number of children designated the world's seven billionth person.

Climate Change

Climate change is caused by increased levels of carbon dioxide and other polluting greenhouse gasses in our atmosphere. The gases form a blanket around the earth that traps heat, in the same way a greenhouse does.


Currently, more than 100 million children are denied access to education, leaving them trapped in poverty. For another 140 million children, lack of teachers, classrooms and textbooks means that their education is of poor quality. Most children denied an education are girls. HIV/AIDS is undermining education through the loss of students, parents and teachers.

Globalisation and Trade

Globalisation describes the way in which people, goods, money and ideas are able to move around the world faster and cheaper than ever before. This is mostly due to better transport and technology and the fact that countries are more open to trading with one another. The accelerating pace of globalisation is having a profound effect on life in rich and poor countries alike. It is more important than ever to recognise the value and interdependence of people all over the world.


Peace education enables young people to understand that prejudice, stereotyping, discrimination and sectarianism often underlie or exacerbate conflict, that exclusion often leads to conflict and that we all have multiple layers of identity.


Anti-Racist and Intercultural Development Education explores issues of racism, discrimination, cultural diversity, migration and identity at both a local and global level. It challenges the images and stereotypes of people from the developing world and draws parallels between the experiences of young people from minority groups in ‘developed' and developing countries.

It resists the dominance of one culture over another and fosters respect for different cultures and ways of living by providing an insight into the diversity and interdependence of people worldwide.