We want to hear from you about how we can encourage learners of all ages to engage with development and global citizenship issues and how we can increase awareness of Irish Aid’s work.
That might be through formal or informal education, including partnerships with the youth, adult and community sectors, business or others. We’d also like your views on digital outreach and how we can use technology to support life-long learning and engage the public on these important issues.
Ireland’s policy for international development, A Better World, describes development education as “action-focused engagement that empowers people to understand the root causes of poverty and global inequalities”. It includes four primary commitments in the area of public engagement and global citizenship:
The intended outcome of the 2017 Irish Aid Development Education Strategy was an increase in the accessibility, quality and effectiveness of development education in Ireland through supporting the following five outputs:
(a) POLICY ENGAGEMENT AND COHERENCE - An enabling and coherent policy environment for development education at local, national and European level.
(b) CAPACITY BUILDING AND COLLABORATION - Maximised capacity, collaboration, partnership and coherence of development education partners to enhance the quality delivery, impact and communication of development education.
(c) FORMAL EDUCATION - Further integration and mainstreaming of quality development education in formal education, curricula, programmes and structures.
(d) NON-FORMAL EDUCATION - Increased integration, quality and spread of development education in non-formal education curricula, programmes and structures.
(e) IRISH AID AWARENESS - Increased awareness within the education sector of Ireland’s development co-operation programme and of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The overall objective of this new strategic planning process is:
To develop an Irish Aid Global Citizenship and Development Education Strategy for 2021-2024, drawing lessons from the implementation of the 2017 strategy and taking account of changes in the societal, educational and technological context since that date including recent developments in the on-line delivery of education and digital outreach.
As per our commitment in A Better World, the strategy will identify how we can work with our development education partners to support a broader public conversation on global citizenship issues - and communicate our work in international development more effectively.
The process will explore innovative approaches to reaching new audiences and broaden our work on global citizenship and public engagement. It will draw lessons from and seek to build on synergies with other relevant Government strategies and policies, including in the area of integration.
The eventual strategy will seek to promote engagement with global citizenship issues across Irish society and will identify how we can best support civil society groups as well as other formal and non-formal education actors operating in this area, including by engaging with initiatives designed to promote lifelong learning.
In addition, the strategy process will:
As a key part of this process, Irish Aid wishes to consult with external stakeholders and is therefore inviting written submissions from interested parties, in the following format:
1. Cover Page
2. The response should address some or all of the following questions:
Submissions should not exceed 2,500 words and should be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org by close of business on Friday 19 March, 2021.
In addition, two half day public consultation workshops will be held in March and April 2021. Details to follow.
**Please note that all submission may be published, and all submissions will be subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts. Comments involving allegations of any kind against a named or otherwise identifiable person or organisation may be viewed as defamatory by the subject of the comments. Those making submissions may be sued directly for any defamatory allegations in a submission and should avoid making such allegations**
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