Educating for a better future
…an introduction to the concepts of
Development Education (DE) and
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Deirdre Hogan, Ubuntu Network Coordinator, UL
[email protected]; www.ubuntu.ie
What are these symbols
…what issues do they represent?
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9.
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What are these symbols
…what issues do they represent?
Make poverty history advert, 2005
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFfIIW_xQq4
€1.78 ($2.50)
Development Education & Irish Aid
In 2010, Irish Aid allocated
€671 million to its Overseas
Development Aid programme.
It has 4 strategic areas of work to bring about poverty reduction
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2.
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Gender equality
HIV/AIDS
Environmental Sustainability
Good governance
Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland
Development Education & Irish Aid
Development Education is…
“an educational process aimed at increasing awareness and
understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and
unequal world in which we live
…it seeks to engage people in analysis, reflection and
action for local and global citizenship and participation
…it is about supporting people in understanding and acting
to transform the social, cultural, political and economic
structures which affect their lives at personal, community,
national and international levels”.
Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland
Development Education & Irish Aid
Irish Aid has
9 priority
countries
Irish Aid, Department of Foreign Affairs, Ireland
Education for Sustainable Development
…is a new vision of education that “helps students better
understand the world in which they live, addressing the
complexity and interconnectedness of problems such as
poverty, wasteful consumption, environmental degradation,
urban decay, population growth, gender inequality, health,
conflict and the violation of human rights that threaten our
future”.
Ref - UNESCO (2002). Education for Sustainability From Rio to Johannesburg:
Lessons learnt from a decade of commitment. Paris.
Education for Sustainable Development
Millennium
Development
Goals
In 2000, 189 world leaders
at the United Nations
Millennium Summit agreed
to take steps to end world
poverty by 2015.
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals
http://www.endpoverty2015.org
Millennium
Development
Goals
In 2000, 189 world leaders
at the United Nations
Millennium Summit agreed
to take steps to end world
poverty by 2015.
http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals
http://www.endpoverty2015.org
What has this to do with me?
What has this to do with me?
The role of education
• To replicate society and culture (socialisation)
• To train people for employment (vocational)
• To develop the individual’s potential (liberation)
• To make a fairer society (transformative)
Sterling, S. (2001). Sustainable Education - Re-visioning Learning and Change. Bristol,
Green Books (for The Schumacher Society).
What has this to do with me?
The role of the teacher
• Instructional manager
• Caring person
• Generous ‘expert’ learner (facilitator of learning)
• Cultural and civic person
Conway, P. F. (2009). Learning to teach and its implications for the continuum of teacher
education: a nine country cross national study, Teaching Council, Ireland
What has this to do with me?
Changes to curriculum
• Senior Cycle focus on key skills development
(information processing, critical and creative thinking, communication, working
with others, and being personally effective) www.ncca.ie
• Opportunities for transition year
• New additions/reviews of existing subjects
What has this to do with me?
No one subject captures all these issues. They are
relevant to all subject areas.
You can explore the issues in…
• What you teach - look critically at your subject matter
See NCCA document at http://www.ubuntu.ie/resdocs/senior_cycle[1].pdf
• How you teach it – use active participatory teaching strategies
• Your professional practice – act fairly and be aware of
sustainable practices
What you teach…
Science – genetic engineering, world hunger, ecosystems
http://www.newscientist.com
What you teach…
Geography – Role of multinational companies within the global
economy; the consequences of global trade for those regions
excluded from world manufacturing activities and those supplying raw
materials.
What you teach…
Construction studies – Forestry, wood consumption
and global poverty
www.woodforlife.org; http://www.fsc.org/
What you teach…
Technology/Design – product design to change lives
THE BUILDING of an
innovative cooking stove
designed for use in
developing countries has
won the top prize in the
BT Young Scientist and
Technology Exhibition.
– Irish Times, 16/01/10
What you teach…
English – development messages in literature and film
What you teach…
Maths – development statistics
What you teach…
Languages
“Quesque
tu pense…”
Your professional practice…
• Sustainable use of
resources, e.g. paper,
lights, wood, water etc.
• Respectful of views –
justice in the classroom
• Linking teaching to
local and global events
How you teach it…strategies to promote
• Images, video, film, documentary
• Role play
• Discussion, conversation
• Independent research
• Getting involved in society – action,
awareness raising…
• Reflection
How you teach it…strategies to promote
Critical thinking – asking questions and
finding answers, considering alternative points
of view, evaluating the source of the
information, seeking out more information,
making informed life choices.
Systemic thinking – seeing connections
between actions and outcomes, seeing the
impact of our consumer decisions on other
parts of the world
Educating for a better future
…an introduction to the concepts of
Development Education (DE) and
Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Thanks…
bye!
Deirdre Hogan, Ubuntu Network Coordinator, UL
[email protected]; www.ubuntu.ie
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