Exciting New Development Education Initiative! Educating for Equality- WorldWise Global Schools


WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) is an initiative of Irish Aid.  Its aim is to support the integration of development education in a wholeschool approach and WWGS has given a grant to our school enabling a number of initiatives to take place in the school during 2014-2015.

This is an exciting new educational initiative and students can look forward to workshops include Ethical Consuming and Fair Trade; Introduction to Development Education; ‘Just Forests’ conservation of the world’s forests; ‘Mind the Gap’ using acrobatics, juggling and puppetry and ‘ECO UNESCO’.


Q. What is development education?

Development education is an active and creative educational process to increase awareness and understanding of the rapidly changing and unequal world in which we live in.

Q. Why is development education important?

•             It challenges perceptions and stereotypes by encouraging participation and action for a more just world.

•             It is skills-based and learner-centred, which makes it very relevant to the junior cycle and senior cycle curriculum

•             It provides a structure for cross-curricular learning and whole-school community participation.

Q. Is it another subject on the curriculum?

No.  Development education is very much a cross-curricular approach to learning about the interdependent and unequal world in which we live.

Q. How will development education help my son/daughter now and into the future?

It will instil in them:

•             Knowledge about how the world works

•             Skills of critical and creative thinking, teamwork, research and analysis

•             Values and attitudes such as solidarity, respect and empowerment

•             Behaviours and actions that bring about positive change and make the world a more equal place for all.

Short term aim

•             To enable all members of our school community to become more aware of how our interconnected our lives are with people living in developing countries.

Longer term aim

To ensure that students:

•             have the opportunity to become familiar with development education issues

•             are able to identify links between the local and global communities

•             can identify ways in which they can play an active role in both, and to feel confident enough to do so. 

To embed development education as an integral part of life in Millstreet Community School

How might development education be encountered in our school curriculum?


•             Examining the currency exchange rates in developing countries.

•             Interpreting graphs showing statistics relating to developing countries, for example, infant mortality rates, climate, or debt.


•             How does burning fossil fuels have a negative effect on the rainforests?

•             What are the most effective means of generating energy as alternatives to the use of fossil fuels?

•             Why do the wealthiest countries have the highest level of treated water?

Construction Studies

•             How do we know if the timber used in our houses is ethically sourced?

Home Economics

•             What are the possible effects of our food and clothing purchases on communities in developing countries?

Religious Education

•             Fostering an awareness of the root causes of injustice and inequality, an openness and respect for those who campaign for justice, including those who are motivated by religious beliefs, and an appreciation of what being a good steward of Creation involves.


•             Der relevante Wortschatz im Beƶug auf Klimaverānderungen in der Welt.

Business Studies

•             Is our foreign trade with developing countries fair?


•             How might unfair trading and the rise in debt repayments continue the cycle of poverty in developing countries?

•             The world-wide environment is being harmed.  What immediate action can be taken to reduce global warming?


•             What was the impact of European colonization on African and Asian countries and the problems encountered as a result after independence?


•             Téarmaí a fhoghlaim chun a gcuid tuairimí a chuír in iúil fé truailliú, míúsáid na timpeallachta agus téamh domhanda.


•             Highlighting relevant themes such as inequality and interdependence when they arise in media, poetry and film.  Using development issues to stimulate creative writing.


•             The concept ‘interdependence’ describes the way in which we are connected to others in the world.  How might our actions in Millstreet impact upon people who live thousands of miles away?


•             Faisons-nous assez pour aider les pays ravagés par les castastrophes naturelles?

Some student comments on the importance of development education

It gives us a much better understanding of the challenges faced by people who live in developing countries (Transition Year student)

I think we need to know more about global issues to prepare us for life after school so having a greater awareness of issues relating to development education will help us in this process.  Knowing about global issues could help us make more informed choices about our career paths too. (5th year student)

Through development education we can learn about how things that we do in our country, what we buy and what we wear, can affect people’s lives in other parts of the world (Junior Cert. student)

For more information contact:

Millstreet Community School

Millstreet Town

Co. Cork

Tel. 029 70087


Project funded by Irish Aid through the WorldWise Global Schools Programme

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