What is Development Education?
There are many ideas as to what constitutes Development Education. Irish Aid offers a comprehensive definition:
"Development education 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 the lives of others at personal, community, national and international levels.
"Development education is concerned with knowledge, ideas and understanding of issues that relate to global poverty and underdevelopment. It is an educational process based on learner-centred and interactive methodologies. It has a strong values dimension based on a commitment to social justice and human rights and is oriented towards action to effect change for a more just and equal world."