Resources about EU policy and practice in the field of Development Education Sep 26
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One of the challenges of development education is this: how to bring together European Union (EU) member states, the European Parliament, the European Commission, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and all the other actors that are taking on the important role of encouraging and educating people to understand the world around us? This particular challenge has motivated key representatives in these organisations to work towards agreement on the ‘European Consensus on Development: The contribution of development education & awareness raising’. This document was launched by Louis Michel, EU Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, on 9 November 2007 at the European Development Days (EDD). Commissioner Michel announced that:
"Development education and active global citizenship can provide the skills, knowledge, values and competences to face today's challenges and to make a positive contribution to the future of Europe and the world." This is why MEPs Filip Kaczmarek (PL, EPP) has proposed a written declaration on the topic. MEPs Catherine Grèze (FR, Green), Michael Gahler (DE, EPP), Fiona Hall (UK, ALDE) and Maria Badia I Cutchet (ES, S&D) joined him to co-table the declaration.
' I believe our work in educating people to development issues is fundamental [...] I believe we can have a real impact on attitudes and perceptions, and I am willing to support actions that strive to achieve just tha t.' Andris Pielbags. Commissionner Andris Pielbags addressed the importance of Development Educacion (DE) as well as the need to ' build on ongoing successes and bridge existing gaps ' on this matter. This morning the first European Parliament (EP) hearing on DE took place.
What is Development Education? Development Education is about increasing people's awareness and understanding of global issues and of the interdependence of different countries and parts of the world in relation to those issues. In particular, it is about what sustains under-development and what is needed to reach and sustain more equal development. It is an education based on reflection, analysis and action at local and global level. In other words, Development Education : is an educational process; concerned with knowledge and understanding of issues relating to global poverty; oriented towards analysis as well as action, on multiple levels; aimed at social justice.
Please find a list of some founding opportunities below. To make this process even more successful, we would like to involve you and your NGO experiences with funding. If you feel we have missed any funding opportunity, if you would like to share your experience with a specific funding, or tell us which information extracts are relevant too you, please contact assistant, Alexander Steinhart . We will include your suggestions in further updates of the founding opportunities .
What is Development Education funding? Irish Aid provides funding through an Annual Development Education Grant and Strategic Partnership programme for organisations engaged in promoting understanding of and engagement with global development and justice issues. In 2012, 38 organisations were approved for an annual grant. The total allocation amounted to €1.638 million. We support strategic partnerships with organisations working in priority areas including Initial teacher education, third level education, youth sector, and capacity building for the development education sector. In 2012, the total allocation amounted to €873,774.
11/03/2012 at 3:51 pm By Hans Zomer One of the easiest ways of getting people in the “Development” sector to agree, is to start a conversation blaming “the media” for their misrepresentation of global development issues. (Just have a look at the debate about the hugely popular “Kony 2012” video. )
How Do You Learn?
Do aid agencies skew the debate?
Public attitudes to Development (Irl & abroad)
Measuring the Impact of DevEd