Development Education

What is Development Education?

Development Education enables people to understand the world around them and to act to transform it. It works to tackle the root causes of injustice and inequality, globally and locally.

The most widely accepted definition of development education in Ireland today 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 in acting to transform the social, cultural, political and economic structures which affect their lives and others at personal, community, national and international levels.’ (Irish Aid)

Development Education is an integrated dimension of the Primary School Curriculum. It is based on the importance of critical thinking, the need to challenge stereotypes and to empower children to support change towards a more just and sustainable world (Bourn, 2011).

Take a look at this video made in 2013 by The Rules to learn more about Development Education.