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Offaly Colleges development education (DE) day


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Tullamore College in association with Banagher College and Self Help Africa organised a series of development education (DE) workshops in the Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Over 80 students took part in a series of workshops that explored our relationship with global issues of poverty, climate change and resource sustainability.

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Offaly Colleges development education (DE) day

  1. 1. Development education workshop with Tom Roche - Just Forests in association with Self Help Africa Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly - Thursday 12th December, 2013 1
  2. 2. Geography-the challenge! •human geography •physical geography People: As global populations exceed 7billion (February 2011) natural resources are shrinking.More that 1.6 billion people depend to varying degrees on forests for their livelihoods, e.g. fuelwood, medicinal plants, and forest foods. Q. Where will we get our timber from? Legal & Human Rights: Indigenous(native) and other forest peoples experience racial and cultural discrimination, are denied rights to lands and livelihoods, to organise and to represent themselves, and, in short, are hindered in myriad ways from fully exercising and enjoying their right to self- 2 Images: pollution in Shanghai 6th December, 2013
  3. 3. Environmental Challenges Sustainable use of natural resources Natural resources are the backbone of every economy. In using and transforming resources, assets are built up, adding to the wealth of present and future generations. However, the current rate of resource use by developed and developing nations is unsustainable, meaning that future generations and developing nations won’t have access to their fair share of scarce resources. 3
  4. 4. Development education (DE) & education for sustainable development (ESD) The ‘development’ rationale of Just Forests work pivots around a number of key issues and challenges: Unsustainable resource use can also cause serious damage to the environment and contributes significantly to the enhanced greenhouse effect and climate change. The environmental impact of our resource use patterns will only worsen once the developing world uses resources at the high rates of industrialised countries. 4
  5. 5. Education for sustainable development requires far-reaching changes in the way education is often practiced today. Climate justice links human rights and development to achieve a human-centered approach, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable and sharing the burdens and benefits of climate change and its resolution equitably and fairly. Climate justice insists that all the peoples of the world (and not just the rich and powerful) have a right to development. A developmental approach to climate justice recognises this fact while also demanding that it should be made both possible and attractive for such development to occur in a sustainable way., biodiversity is currently vanishing at an alarming rate all over the world. (Source: 5
  6. 6. Education for Sustainable Development allows every human being to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future. Education for Sustainable Development means including key sustainable development issues into teaching and learning; for example, climate change, disaster risk reduction, biodiversity, poverty reduction, and sustainable consumption. It also requires participatory teaching and learning methods that motivate and empower learners to change their behaviour and take action for sustainable development. Education for Sustainable Development consequently promotes competencies like critical thinking, imagining future scenarios and making decisions in a collaborative way. 6
  7. 7. Few recognise that biological diversity (which includes all living things) represents the natural wealth of the Earth. It provides the basis for life, economic development and prosperity for the whole of mankind. 7
  8. 8. Education is an essential element of the global response to climate change. It helps young people understand and address the impact of global warming, encourages changes in their attitudes and behaviour and helps them adapt to climate changerelated trends. 8
  9. 9. 7 BILLION and growing... Finding ways to embed a message of sustainability into the curriculum is URGENT 9
  10. 10. Cross-curricular Learning Links to some of Just Forests on-line resources. 1.Thinking TREES: Within the context of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005 - 2014), Thinking Trees: Development, Trees and our Interdependent World is designed for primary school pupils in Ranganna 3, 4, 5 and 6 and seeks to encourage students to explore the importance of trees and of forests in our daily lives. It also stimulates them to think about some of the consequences of the loss of forests and trees and how, each of us can contribute positively to sustainable development. You will find excellent supporting resources to help you facilitate the 7 activities in Thinking TREES 2.Anatomy of a Musical Instrument - linking our love of music to our dependance on 'tonewoods' for our beautiful musical instruments. This interactive resource is very popular with pupils as it shows just how (geographically) dependant Ireland is on tropical timber (you will need to have FLASH installed to use this) 3.Wood of Life Exhibition - All 22 panels of our WOL exhibition are all on-line now. You will also find an introductory brochure (showing curriculum links), an activity sheet and a follow-on classroon project sheet with suggestions on actions pupils can take after engaging with the exhibition. There is also a nice poster for broadcasting/advertising the exhibition in your school 4.Just RESTORATION- in an effort to raise much needed funds to support our development education (DE) and education for sustainable development (ESD) work we will run furniture restoration courses with a DE/ESD component embedded in the workshop. This course/workshop can be delivered either here in my workshop in Rhode or at your college.This is very much hands-on learning and will involve participants actually restoring a small piece of furniture/wood item 5.Just MUSIC/Sound of Wood Concerts - We all love music. Why not organise a Sound of Wood Concert in your school?. Pupils can invite their family and friends to hear them. This is a lovely way to introduce our dependance on natural resources (forests/wood) 6. KNOW-Wood Board- a hands on wood identification board 10
  11. 11. Thank You For more information on our work please visit our website @ 11