Deirdre O’Brien

I think that development education is important as the article points out that while progress has been made, many social issues still exist and this needs to be acknowledged and addressed. I think that teachers are well placed to make a difference by bringing attention to these issues in our schools and fostering environments where the pillars of equality, justice and humanity are upheld and valued by all. I thought that the Aurelius quote, ‘we are made for cooperation, like feet, like hands, like eyelids, like the rows of the upper and lower teeth’ was a good way of describing how we as global citizens are all interconnected and must work as a cooperative unit and help those most in need. It is important to realise that it is not something that is simply taught as a couple of stand-alone lessons or as a tick box activity, but rather something that must be taught every day and reflected in our actions, be a life-long endeavour and evolve in line with change. I think it is very important to incorporate this into my teaching and that of my colleagues as children need to be shown that they can make a difference and that change is possible.

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