IDEA: Development education explored


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The Irish Development Education Association is a member-based network of individuals and organisations involved in the provision or support of development education in Ireland. This presentation introduces development education and explores some key issues involved in DE.

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IDEA: Development education explored

  1. 1. Development Education Explored DCU February 2011
  2. 2. Development - Education Development Education Development Co-operation (an overall agenda, not just aid, includes trade, Policy Coherence, etc.) Formal Education (national education, curriculum, teacher education, etc.) Non- Formal Education (youth work, adult and community sector, ...) Official Development Aid (an instrument for development) Citizenship Education (engagement in public affairs, civil society, living democracy) Development Studies (the academic study of..) Critical Pedagogy and Critical literacy (academic study of ...)
  3. 3. Development Education – explored <ul><li>Explicit focus on social justice, globalisation and development </li></ul><ul><li>A focus on multiple perspectives on the story of development (challenging ethnocentrism, different viewpoints) </li></ul><ul><li>Roots in, and strong links to, civil society at home (challenges to ‘top down’, direct focus on the poor, local and global linkages etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory, Transformative Learning Process </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness building and action for positive change . </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on active Global Citizenship (empowerment, critical thinking, solidarity, global justice) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Development Education – 4 key dimensions <ul><li>Values and Perceptions (attitudes, beliefs, preconceptions, learning, change, belonging, duty, responsibilities etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Capabilities and Skills (reasoning, social, communication, critical thinking etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge and Ideas (change, identity, gender, sustainability, understanding of globalisation and interdependencies, democracy, human rights, interconnections etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences and Actions (learning through doing active citizenship, activism, ..) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why Development Education? <ul><li>a necessity in the age of globalisation and the knowledge society </li></ul><ul><li>an entitlement of the Irish public </li></ul><ul><li>a way to address present global crises </li></ul><ul><li>working to eradicate the root causes of poverty </li></ul><ul><li>In one sentence Development Education is... good education... with a global perspective </li></ul>
  6. 6. Dev Ed Values <ul><li>a general concern for the well-being of others and the planet ... (justice, equality, solidarity, respect for others, ...) </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation of human interdependence and our shared futures (individuals, countries, communities and economies are inter-connected) </li></ul><ul><li>Appreciation of and respect for the needs and rights of others </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to recognise and value diversity and at the same time valuing difference and disagreement </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dev Ed Values <ul><li>Valuing Sustainability and creating a sense of Belonging – we are in this together with all creatures! </li></ul><ul><li>Valuing Knowledge, Learning and hard Thinking – It’s not about information it’s about knowledge and there are different forms of knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>A sense of involvement – It’s not only about knowing it’s about acting and daring ! </li></ul>
  8. 8. To finish.... <ul><li>Development Education promotes a set of values that allows us to engage in a dialogue with strangers from all over the world on equal footing and with a mind-set that values diversity and multiple perspectives over homogeneity and dominion. </li></ul><ul><li>Development Education does not promote the one right answer but a way of engaging with different perspectives on the world we share . </li></ul>
  9. 9. Development Effectiveness Effective Aid, PCD, citizens’ empowerment and public mobilisation HRBA Promoting the right & responsibility to enact own development DEAR Skills, knowledge and competences for a just and sustainable future PCD Addressing causes, not symptoms of poverty Critical aid assessment Broad ownership for development Public mobilisation & advocacy Diagram: DEAR and current development paradigms Empowerment of people Evidence for change processes Legal, institutional and conceptual framework