To bring about an increasing spread, number and mix of post-primary schools
engaging in and availing of quality Global Citizenship Education (GCE)
Irish Aid’s Global Citizenship Education Strategy 2021-2025:
This new strategy outlines how Irish Aid will deepen and strengthen its commitment to support life-long learning, working with people of all ages both in and out of formal education, over the coming years. This strategy was was formally launched in December 2021.
The Irish Aid Global Citizenship Education Strategy comes at an important moment for Ireland and for the global community as a whole. The world faces enormous challenges in the years ahead, including climate change, global poverty, hunger and injustice. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us that global society is more interlinked now than at any time in history and that events in one part of the planet can have a profound effect on us all. It has also shown us that the most effective way to overcome these global challenges is a combination of individual and collective action towards a shared goal.
National Strategy on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) to 2030:
The national strategy on Education for Sustainable Development in Ireland is currently being developed. Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) empowers people to change the way they think and work towards a sustainable future. As a lifelong learning process, it enables people to understand the world around them and to identify the links and interdependencies between our individual selves, the wider society, and the natural and humanly constructed environment, locally and globally.
ESD is grounded in principles of social justice, equity and a respect for human rights and seeks to foster engaged and active citizens, of all ages, motivated to take action towards a sustainable future. By learning from one another and working individually and collectively, solutions to key global challenges of the 21st Century, such as climate change, poverty, inequality, sustainable consumption and wellbeing can be identified and implemented.