Development Education: cross

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Development Education:
cross-curricular, themed
and community wide
Noeleen Leahy
Retired
TY / LCVP Programme Coordinator
St Wolstan's Community School
Celbridge
Geography, Religion, IT, LCVP, CSPE, SPHE.
Transition Year is…
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An ideal place for
Development
Education.
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Open to innovation.
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Based around active
learning.
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Compatible with aims
of Development
Education.
Development Education in St Wolstan's
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In 2005 – Self Help Africa workshop in NUIM
Religion Department looked at three SHA Transition
Year modules and agreed to implement.
Realised we already covered the issues in TY and
elsewhere.
But – only basic awareness.
Development Education in St Wolstan's
2006 – 2007 school year
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Religion teachers were able to make DE
cross curricular through their own
range of subjects: (e.g Poverty)
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Religion
Drama
English
Geography
Active learning
Participated in SHA workshops with other
schools. Schools Across Borders.
Development Education in St Wolstan's
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2007 – 2008 school year
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Involvement with Worldwise / Leargas
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Established a linking project with
Ethiopian school.
TY teachers were asked to take
Development / Ethiopia / Africa as a
theme for their TY modules.
Development Education in St Wolstan's
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Subjects involved:
History
Geography
Religion
Languages
Home Economics
Maths
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Technology
Art
Science
Music
Business
English
Development Education in St Wolstan's
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2008 – 2009 school year
Link with Ligaba Hitosa High School in
Huruta, Ethiopia was fully established.
Two teachers visit Ethiopia.
Great opportunity for community wide
awareness and involvement – both in and
outside the school.
Development Education in St Wolstan's
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Complete cross-curricular
project.
Whole school Fun Walk to
raise funds - €10,000
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Theme - Ethiopian flag
A Day in the Life
Awareness raised through
radio, newspapers, school
website, TY blogs, Parent
Meetings, school show,
Open Day.
Development Education in St Wolstan's
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Successful partnership
trip to Huruta
Presentation made to
students, staff, BOM,
Parent Association, local
library, Worldwise
Conference
Ethiopian Coffee
ceremony
Development Education in St Wolstan's
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2009 -2010 school year
Action taken and global
connections made
through production of a book
“The Optimism of Youth”
based on MDG No 2 Universal
Primary Education.
Development Education in St Wolstan's
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This was another community wide effort
which involved:
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All TY students
Whole school community
Local community
Global connections
Towards 2015 blog
The Optimism of Youth
from awareness to action
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Cross curricular
English
Art
IT
Religion
CSPE
SPHE
History
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Skills developed
IT
Letter writing
Report writing
Research
Communication
Team
Planning
Organisational
Development Education in St Wolstan's
History
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Colonisation
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Geography
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3rd world country
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Religion
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MDG’s
Gender / Poverty
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Languages
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Culture
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Home Economics
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Ethiopian food
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Junk Kouture
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Maths
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Aids statistics
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Science
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Young Scientist Ex
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Music
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Jembe workshops
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Business
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Micro credit
English
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Film / Debating
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Technology
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Recycled crafts
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Art
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African crafts
2013 / 2014
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New pilot programme in a network of
schools through Schools Across
Borders.
Create a mini NGO to raise
awareness and take action.
www.agirlfriendlyworld.blogspot.ie
www.cornarotyngo.blogspot.ie
www.schoolsacrossborders.org
Task
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In small groups brainstorm a cross
curricular plan for Development Education.
Aim: values of solidarity, equality, inclusion
+ co-operation
Start with Dev Ed and work out to find
connections.
Suggest possible projects within each
subject for the plan.
Active learning
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Workshops
Poster / Film sessions
Awareness Day
Blogging
Participation in global projects eg Blog
Action Day, Earth hour.
Recording own podcasts + video
responses
Writing + acting in own plays
Projects
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Geography
• World trip – 3rd world / volunteer
• Google map
• Medical Geography – Dr Snow (cholera)
• Vaccinations brochure
Religion
• MDG’s – posters, responses
• Poverty – TV ads, Visual Verbal squares
• Gender – film, reviews, responses, blogs,
images
• Conflict – research, film, reviews, current
affairs
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History
• Colonisation
• Conflict – struggle for power – current
conflicts
• School tour - Poland
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Home Economics
• Food science / diet / design
• Junk Kouture / recycling / sustainability
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Science
• Young Scientist
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IT
• Research
• Blogs
• Brochures
• Google maps
• Presentations
English
• Drama – write/perform own acts
• Debating
• Film reviews
• Creative/persuasive/poetry writing
Music
• Jembe workshops
• African choir on Music Night / TY Graduation
Development Education is..
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Very hard work
Very enjoyable
Very rewarding
Personally enriching
More to be done – our students still
feel they can ‘do more’.
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Thank you
@noeleenleahy
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Jabba Jabba Jembe
Gorta Self Help Africa
Junkouture
Leargas
TY PDST

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