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Standpoints

NYCI's new research exploring the attitudes and awareness of young people and adults involved in youth work towards development and global justice issues:

NYCI recently launched new research exploring the attitudes and awareness of young people and adults involved in youth work towards development and global justice issues in the Emmaus Centre, Swords.

The research entitled "Standpoints; Attitudes of Young People & Youth Workers to Development & Global Justice Issues” was written by Maurice Devlin and Hilary Tierney at NUI Maynooth and found that youth work plays an essential and important role in educating and involving young people in global issues that affect others across the globe.

"The extreme disruption experienced recently due to the volcanic ash has thrown into sharp relief some of the ways in which we now live in a globalised world. The research found that youth workers had a high degree of knowledge and awareness of the issues. They were generally very conscious of global inequalities and injustices and of links between our own daily lives and the lives and experiences of others elsewhere, as well as the key issues of aid and trade; although they recognised the challenges of dealing with these issues successfully in youth work contexts,” stated Dr. Maurice Devlin, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Applied Social Studies at NUI Maynooth.

Dr. Devlin continued: "The young people were in general less knowledgeable and aware than the youth workers, but overall we found that they took a more positive view of development and global justice issues than the results of survey findings among the general youth population would have led us to expect. This suggests that youth work is playing, and can play, an important role in expanding young people’s horizons and raising their awareness of issues relating to global inequalities. Hopefully the research will provide the basis for strengthening youth work’s contribution in this regard.”