Director: Mary McCarthy
With a background in English, History and Development Studies, Mary has been working as an educator and facilitator in a variety of cultural settings for over twelve years. She first became involved in development education during her time working as an English language teacher and trainer with VSO in Nyanza, Rwanda. She joined the WorldWise Global Schools team from Suas, where she worked as Project Manager on their Global Campus programme, which engaged third level students with global justice issues.
Prior to that she worked with Léargas as Education Officer with the WorldWise Schools Linking and Immersion Scheme, building a national programme that promoted equitable learning partnerships between Irish schools and partners in the global South. Mary believes strongly in the potential of development education to build our critical skills, challenge our behaviour and open up new ways of seeing the world, in order to make it a more just and sustainable place for all.
Grants and Finance Officer: Rita Walsh
Rita has been working for over twelve years in international development and community development in Ireland and has worked directly with schools in the delivery of DE. Rita holds an MA in the Sociology of Development and has worked with two international NGOs over the past decade, including working overseas in East Timor in a project delivery capacity. Rita has more recently worked with Self Help Africa in a project support capacity for overseas country programmes, including Ethiopia and Malawi.
Rita has extensive grant management experience having spent five years working with Pobal on the disbursement of grant funding to an extensive range of community and voluntary groups across Ireland.
Project Officer (West, based in Galway): Aishling McGrath
Aishling is from Castlebar in Co.Mayo. She holds a BA in Geography and Economics from NUIG and a postgraduate certificate in education from the University of Oxford. She has worked in the field of education since 2007 and taught geography and economics in post-primary schools in inner city London until 2012.
She recently returned to third level education and completed a MSc in Sustainability Science and Policy at the University of Maastricht in August 2013. Aishling believes that engaging young people with development issues can help to empower them and create global citizens for a more just and sustainable future.
Project Officer (East, based in Dublin): Lizzy Noone
Lizzy Noone has been working with schools on DE and campaigning for 15 years. She represented Ireland on the European Development Education Forum for four years, and has been a member of the steering group of the Global Campaign for Education, Stop Climate Chaos and Act Now 2015 for many years.
She has headed up three EU funded projects: Stop Child Labour 1 and 2, and Food Right Now. She has worked with Concern Debates and is the founder of the Concern Campaign Academy that engages students in DE and campaigns. She believes that DE can fit in to every subject area and would love to see the day when every child in Ireland has access to DE on a regular basis. She enjoys music, swimming, drama and art in her spare time.
Programme Support Officer: Laura Cahill
Laura holds a MSc in International Humanitarian Action and has worked in the development education (DE) sector since 2010. During this time Laura has coordinated a range of youth programmes both in Ireland and the global South. Laura has a broad range of experience in project management and recently spent a year in The Gambia, West Africa coordinating a pilot ‘Youth Engagement and Participation’ project with the regional government and local partners.
Laura has also worked directly with young people, teachers and leaders to support them taking action on local to global justice issues. Laura believes that quality DE has a vital role to play in empowering young people to become global agents for change, in order to challenge and transform inequality and injustice. She is excited to work with WWGS applicants to support the implementation and reporting of their quality DE activities.