Reply To: Module 1 – Introduction to Development Education

Sean Finlay

<span style=”color: #163c42; font-family: ‘Hind Madurai’, sans-serif; font-size: 12px;”>From reading the paper, “The Role of Global Citizens in Today’s World’, I have realised the importance of Development Education in highlighting the major societal issues which still plague us such as poverty, hunger, inequality, and discrimination. Through developing a sense of common humanity and solidarity, citizens can co-operate to take action against these issues on a local, national and global basis. Development Education is an essential area to teach in an increasingly diverse and multicultural society that we have in Ireland which lays the foundations for school communities built on tolerance, respect, and understanding. Educators must be aware of current social issues nationally and internationally and ensure that they can spread awareness of these issues in a child-friendly way. Formal development education can be taught cross-curricularly through subjects such as SPHE, English, and SESE where pupils can learn about Ireland’s history of colonial racism and migration trends along with facilitating activities which allows children to become active members of their community which can develop empathy, citizenship and a sense of care which becomes innate features of their personality. </span>

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