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DEAL – Development Education Active Learning

We live in a diverse World with unfortunately many inequalities through gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation or age. We all need to challenge this inequality, especially our young people who will be the change makers of tomorrow.

DEAL helped to provide some knowledge, skills and motivation for some young people from Ballymun Youthreach to work on promoting equality and human rights for all.

DEAL is a programme with a special focus on equality, gender, diversity, human rights, globalisation issues and peer and self-leadership. It is designed with learning inputs presented from October to May and culminating in a short residential learning opportunity for development education in our training and education centre in Wexford from the 12th to the 16th of May 2014.

DEAL project is about participants exploring cultural differences, discovering common values and fostering mutual understanding of diversity and inclusion all of which results in a positive awareness of other cultures and also helps to prevent and combat prejudice, stereotyping, racism and all attitudes leading to social exclusion and to develop a strong sense of tolerance and justice.

It includes the promotion and development of leadership skills to increase the global perspective, active citizenship and mobility of socially excluded young people.

The residential was where the learners were immersed in the process, away from the distractions/ attractions of their usual environment and where with the experienced facilitation of Eolas Soiléir in this area, their prior understanding of development education will be significantly deepened in an experiential and creative way.

This educational learning programme contributed to the understanding and process of non formal learning for the participants as the facilitators used a participative-learning by doing approach. A range of methods and activities were used which enabled participants to share experiences and take part in group discussions as well as plenary sessions.

Methods used were icebreakers and energisers, outdoor activities, role plays, story telling and case studies with creativity being encouraged. These activities will support and enable the learners to become fully involved in the activity of exploring a forum theatre approach to development education and learning.

The physical, emotional and intellectual involvement of the participants through the active methodologies resulted in a self-critical awareness about the individual approach and responsibilities to global development and equality issues, self and peer leadership and cultural diversity thus making the training more effective and long lasting.