Educating for an Equal World



Welcome to WorldWise Global Schools, Ireland’s national Development Education programme for post-primary schools.

WorldWise Global Schools (WWGS) was established in 2013. Since then, the programme has worked with 350 schools nationwide, in pursuit of our aim to integrate Development Education into all aspects of teaching and learning at post-primary level. We do this by providing a comprehensive range of supports and interventions for schools — including grant funding, training, events, resources and personalised support from our dedicated staff team.

Development Education (DE) is a powerful vehicle through which we can better understand the world we live in, and take action to change it as informed global citizens. It equips both educators and learners with the knowledge, skills and values to act ethically and sustainably in a world that is both complex and highly interconnected.

What We Offer

Grant Funding

Development Education (DE) grants are available to all post primary schools in the Republic of Ireland to apply for, with categories of grant funding ranging from €600 up to €2,000

The WWGS Annual Grant Call is an online application process. Schools, networks and NGOs are invited to register their interest for the Grant Call via our website. The Grant Call will open on the 14th March 2018. Once opened, registered applicants will have until the 9th May to complete an online application form.


Global Passport Award

The Global Passport Award is a Development Education (DE) quality mark, which offers schools a framework to integrate DE into their teaching and learning.

It is a self-assessed and externally-audited accreditation for DE that is open to all post-primary schools in the Republic of Ireland.



WWGS has a range of resources on offer to help guide and support schools in engaging with Development Education. These resources include:

1) ‘Doing Development Education’ Series
2) WWGS Self Assessment Tool (SAT)
3) WWGS Handbook for Development Education
4) WWGS Global Passport Award
5) WWGS Recommended Facilitators


CPD for post-primary teachers

Teachers can avail of in-service training provided by our experienced education team throughout the school year.

We offer a range of CPD opportunities for teachers, including:

  • In-School CPD
  • WWGS Autumn CPD (Regional Training)
  • WWGS Spring CPD


Each of the schools engaged in the WWGS programme are assigned their own Education Officer who will work with them throughout the school year. Other WWGS staff are also on hand to offer additional support. Support is provided via:

  • Phone and Email support
  • Support Visits

Our Work in Numbers


WWGS has worked with 349 schools to make DE an important part of their school life since 2013.


1,917 post primary teachers have received WWGS Development Education training.


158 schools, 13 NGOs, 4 Networks, 3 Clusters of schools will receive grant funding for DE this school year.

Global passport Awards

141 WWWGS Global Passports have been awarded to schools since 2015.

Latest News

Staff Update

We are sad to say goodbye Mary McCarthy as the Director of WWGS. We wish her all the best in her new position within Irish Aid based down in Limerick. We wish to welcome Rita Walsh as the new Programme Director. We also wish to welcome James Dolan to the team as our database administrator – Welcome James!

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New Website

Welcome to the new WorldWise Global Schools website! Let us know what you think.

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New Doing DE Guide

We’ve added Junior Cycle Visual Art and Modern Foreign Languages to our Doing DE series of guides.


Key Dates:

28 February 2018

Deadline for WWGS Global Passport Award

14 March 2018

WorldWise Global Schools Grant Call Opens!

April 2018

WorldWise Global Schools Annual Conference.

The biggest impact has been opening up students minds and thinking regarding global issues. Students have been forced to evaluate their role and responsibility as (a) citizen of the world. Students are being forced to comprehend possible solutions to global problems and investigated the many barriers which prevent..development in some parts of the world.

— Gillian Clarke, Ballymahon Vocational School

My TY students are now so enthusiastic and passionate about development education. They approach me informing me of global news stories and are shocked and appalled of the injustice of it all. It’s fantastic to see that they have such an interest in these issues.

— Laura Walsh, St. Mary’s Charleville

I feel the work they do is tremendous. It goes far beyond funding. The support at every level has allowed our school to root DE at a whole school level. It is a ‘one stop shop’ to turn to for advice and support. Training is superb and offers teachers an opportunity to network and learn. The WWGS Global Passport is really essential for a school of our size to audit DE in our school. The WWGS Doing DE series is exactly what teachers need. With all the recent changes with the new Junior Cycle, it marries very well. Where time is of the essence it presents teachers with ideas that has been warmly welcomed in our school

— Sinead Edmonds, St Peter’s College Dunboyne