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The necessity of Development Education in the curriculum for primary schools was brought to my attention by this article.This was a really thought provoking article and it was great to get the personal insight into someone’s experience of change and how we have moved on in society. I really believe that Development Education is one that is becoming more and more important in how we educate children. Firstly, because Irish society is so much more diverse than it was 20 even 10 years ago and we all need to see ourselves represented and reflected in the society we live in. Children’s comprehension of the world outside their immediate surroundings is fostered via development education. It develops in students a sense of global awareness, empathy, and critical thinking. It’s crucial that kids learn about the complexity and interdependence of our environment. Society has evolved to become more tolerant of different nationalities, cultures, religions etc but it has also become more aware of inequalities and injustices that are happening worldwide through social media and mainstream media.In order to effect positive change and empower all of us to take on challenging global issues, we must educate our children to hold principles of social justice, equality, and sustainability.
I like to create an inclusive classroom environment that encourages critical thinking and empathy. I make an effort to work with colleagues on workshops and professional development to share strategies and resources.