Development education in youth work aims to support young people to increase their awareness and understanding of the interdependent and unequal world in which we live, through a process of interactive learning, debate, action and reflection. It challenges perceptions of the world and encourages young people to act for a more just and equal society at a national and an international level.
Are you doing development education with young people? Send us your story!
NYCI development education project is looking to gather examples of doing development education in youth work. We are looking for stories of development education in all types of youth work settings, and all over the country. Please contact us to tell your story via email@example.com
To see previous examples of good practice in development education from youth work organisations, see our publication “Going Global”. We hope to bring you more recent examples soon.
Development education in youth work aims to support young people to increase their awareness and understanding of the interdependent and unequal world in which we live, through a process of interactive learning, debate, action and reflection. DE challenges perceptions of the world and encourages young people to act for a more just and equal society at a personal, local, national and global level.
Development education in youth work is about…
Starting from young people’s experiences
Listening to young people
Exploring the connections between young people in Ireland and the Majority World
Understanding the causes and consequences of global poverty and inequality
Learning from and sharing with people in the Majority World
Understanding how our actions affect people in the Majority World
Justice rather than charity
Learning through participation and action
Challenging stereotypes and prejudice
Respecting different cultures and challenging the dominance of one culture over another
Learning how countries depend on each other
Solidarity with people who are poor, marginalised or discriminated against
Concern for the environment
Celebrating the diversity of people in our world
Enabling young people to imagine a better world
Taking action for a more just and fair world
NYCI believes that every young person in Ireland involved in voluntary youth work should have access to quality development education. During 2004-2007 (extended to 2015), Irish Aid had a Development Education Strategy for the Voluntary Youth Sector. You can read that Strategy here. A newer strategy has been in place since then www.irishaid.ie/media/irishaid/allwebsitemedia/20newsandpublications/publicationpdfsenglish/development-education-strategy-plan-2007-2011.pdf Irish Aid will develop a new strategy during 2015 and will launch this in 2016. NYCI together with its membership and others hope to influence the direction of development education in Ireland particularly the youth sector to maximise the support for and involvement of youth organisations in embedding development education (global youth work) into its everyday youth work in Ireland.
The NYCI Development Education Programme provides a range of supports to youth organisations:
Support to individual youth organisations to design and develop programmes and activities that incorporate development education.
Training for Youth Workers
The programme delivers training at a national and local level to youth workers on a range of development and justice issues. The DEP also works with individual youth organisations to design and deliver training to youth workers.
One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year. During One World Week young people throughout Ireland learn about local and global justice issues and take action to bring about change. NYCI supports this engagement through grants, training, advice, and events. NYCI links in with Global Education Week (EU-wide DE initiative) in the run up to and during this week. Check out www.oneworldweek.ie for more information and contact us directly if you’d like to get involved via firstname.lastname@example.org
Promotion of Good Practice
In the Development Education Programme we promote good practice for development education in youth work. Going Global! is a set of good practice guidelines based on the experience of youth groups of integrating a global justice perspective into their work.
Networking and International Opportunities
We promote networking for development education in youth work locally, nationally and internationally. The programme seeks to provide opportunities to youth workers and, where appropriate young people, to participate in international opportunities related to development and justice issues.
NYCI is represented by the Development Education Programme on a number of bodies to further its advocacy and practice objectives.
Through the NYCI websites, DE newsletter, NYCI Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages, and direct contact with youth groups locally and nationally, the NYCI DE programme continually shares information about who is doing what in development education in youth work.
Research and Policy Development
NYCI is committed to influencing policy on relevant global development and justice issues affecting young people. It works with Government, Development Education organisations, youth organisations and young people to develop policies.
NYCI is committed to producing quality research in order to inform the practice of development education in youth work in Ireland. The Development Education Programme commissioned Maurice Devlin and Hilary Tierney from the Department of Applied Social Studies in Maynooth University to carry out qualitative research on youth workers’ and young people’s attitudes to development and global justice issues. The research is available to download here. A Roundtable on DE and youth took place in October 2014 and the findings from this day are available here www.youthdeved.ie/roundtable14 and will be used to inform key priorities for DE in the youth sector going into the future.