Getting Started with Development Education

Need some help getting your Development Education project started? We are here to help. Please read the following for some tips on how to do just that:

  1. The first step is to make contact with a WWGS Project Officer. The Project Officers are here to support you in integrating Development Education into your school community.The Project Officer for schools in the West Region is Aishling McGrath and she can be contacted on 01 5547449 or by email on 
    The Project Officer for the East Region is Lizzy Noone and she can be contacted on 01 5547450 or by email on 
    Project Officers are available to visit schools during the academic year to support you with your Development Education planning and implementation. They can provide a wide range of support from whole staff training to supporting you to integrate DE into your curriculum area(s).

  2. If you received grant funding for your project this year, make sure you have read through your contract carefully and the information provided to you in your Welcome Pack (received early September). The next grant call will take place in March 2017 (application deadline 8th April 2017).

  3. Make sure you have a copy of The WWGS Global Passport Guide. This guide provides you with tips and guidelines on developing a Whole School Approach to Development Education, a list of useful resources, practical suggestions on how you can embed Development Education into your subject area(s) and much more. The WWGS Global Passport acts as a simple step-by-step guide to integrating DE across 7 different categories.

  4. You can also get recognition for your hard work by applying for the Global Passport Award, our exciting award scheme. Gaining recognition for your Development Education work is something that WWGS believes is very important. We have created the Global Passport Award to recognize the great work happening in schools.Contact or phone 01 5547447 to order copies of the Global Passport guidelines for your school, and apply to receive accreditation for the work taking place in your school. You can register your interest for the award here. 

  5. Have you got all of the necessary teaching and learning materials you need to deliver DE in your school?See and for any additional materials you may need or contact the WWGS team for advice on suitable resources for your project. Take a look at the WWGS ‘Doing DE Series’ for additional support in doing DE in your schools.

  6. Planning for the year ahead is very important. Why not sit down with other teachers or school management to plan how you can integrate Development Education into your school. WWGS Project Officers are available to assist you with your planning. If you have received a grant from WWGS please refer to your approved project budget to help you with your planning. There are many resources available on our website to assist you.

  7. Taking action is a critical component of your Development Education work. Why not create opportunities for students to hold an awareness day on their development theme, sign a petition, write to a local newspaper or get the student council involved. For more ideas on how your school can take action click here! 

  8. Would you like to contact Development Education facilitators to provide additional DE inputs in your school? WWGS can point you in the right direction. Please see our list of recommended facilitators here. 

  9. Get familiar with The Global Goals! Why not plan your project using The Global Goals. In September 2015 World Leaders committed to the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. There are 17 goals to achieve 3 extraordinary things in the next 15 years. End extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice and fix climate change. To realise these Goals everyone, however young they are, needs to take part. So join the movement, teach young people about the Goals and encourage them to become the generation that changed the world. See here for more details.

  10. Share your story! Why not let everybody know what you are doing. Share your project on your school website, school newsletter or social media. We look forward to hearing about your project.

  11. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the programme and how schools are getting on.

  12. Sign up for IDEA’s monthly E-Circular! IDEA is the Irish Development Education Association and their newsletter offers up-to-date DE information on conferences, training, news and more. Check out their previous additions here.
 Good luck and enjoy! Would you like to contact speakers/facilitators to provide additional DE input in your school? WWGS can point you in the right direction.