In recent years, DP have been involved in many projects funded under the EU's Erasmus + fund. This involvement has included lead partnership roles in Youth Worker Mobility projects and roles as a project partner in long-term Strategic Partnerships. The projects DP are involved in all examine Global Citizenship Education in a variety of ways such as through storytelling, through sport and through best practice exchanges.
In 2022 we held two Erasmus+ training courses.
Change the Story, Change the World Erasmus+ funded Programme invited 21 youth workers and other educators across six EU countries to the beautiful Bru Moytura Co. Sligo for 4 days. The training course explored Global Citizenship Education (GCE) and storytelling. Specifically, we introduced the Theatre of the Oppressed model as a methodology to examine how to change stories and narratives to ones that are more heavily based on the values of GCE. This culminated in a public performance in Sligo Town. The performance was attended by local educators, activists and DP alumni. The engaging nature of TOTO lent itself to a night of active participation, critical thinking and reflection.
Adventures in Global Education was a 1-week training course designed to explore how outdoor education and adventure could be used to explore active citizenship and the pillars of global citizenship education (GCE). Once again, the beautiful setting of Bru Moytura was chosen for our training course. We were delighted to welcome 17 participants from 5 EU countries to share this adventure together. They were navigated through the challenges by our colleague Nick Doran and our freidn and long-time collaborator with DP, Luciana Almeida. The course explored literal and metaphorical applications of nature-based and outdoor education with the participants. One of the highlights of the week was a surfing lesson for the groups followed by a beach clean up in Strandhill.
An upcoming training is 'United for Social Transformation', a 2 years project co-founded by the EU with 5 partner organisations from Spain, Lithuania, Portugal and Italy. Throughout the project Development Perspectives will be working with young people (13-30) in Ireland to find out about how COVID-19 has impacted upon them and offer training to enhance their competencies in emotional awarness and self knowledge, green and sustainable living, active citizenship and creative thinking and entrepreneurship. As with all of our work this will be rooted in transformative education and active global citizenship. In year two there will be an opportunity for participants to develop policy proposals about things that matter to them.
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