Today is World Development Information Day which aims to improve the communication and global awareness of development issues especially amongst young people. By better informing young people of global development issues and global efforts to improve living standards such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) it is hoped that the globe will work together to tackle these issues.
The Irish Aid Centre runs school workshops for primary and post-primary students to bring awareness and understanding of Ireland’s development cooperation programme and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Schools from all over Ireland come to the Irish Aid Centre in Clonmel Street, Dublin to participate in our interactive workshops on global development and the work of Irish Aid. The workshops include a food security activity where students learn about life in a rural African community and the role of Irish Aid.
Students from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Foxford
In 2016 our team of facilitators delivered workshops to over 6,500 primary and second level students. Also 2,000 student teachers in the colleges of education and at a number of educational events participated in Irish Aid workshops in 2016. These student teachers will be better informed to depart knowledge of development issues when they take up their permanent teaching positions.
Students who have participated in this academic year travel from all over the country, such as from Coláiste Cois Life, Lucan, St Joseph’s Secondary School, Foxford and Cross & Passion College, Kilcullen who recently visited the Centre.
Students from Cross & Passion College, Kilcullen
We have a number of schools that return to the Centre every year, giving different classes the opportunity to gain more knowledge about development. As the international development landscape is constantly changing, by returning regularly to the Centre, students also get the chance to learn about the most pressing issues facing the world. Both the students and teachers find the workshops to be a great learning resource but they also have some fun, as can be seen in the feedback provided: “very hands on, fun, interactive and great learning” and “the children loved it and got so much out of it”.