When aid is ‘debated’

Image: Plantu (France). See our cartoon library for more Mention ‘Africa’, the ‘Developing World’ or ‘Poverty’ and sure enough, it’s yet another debate on ‘aid’, whether it has ‘worked’, ‘failed’,…

Rings (of inequality) around the world

The honour bestowed in carrying the flame, kindled by eleven women using the light of the Sun, its rays concentrated by a parabolic mirror in Olympia, Greece. The call to…

How to teach … slavery

Today’s blog was originally posted in the Guardian’s Education section, in their series ‘How to Teach…’ – which covers everything from teaching about tax, tennis and the referendum on Scottish Independence….

The True Size of Africa

Are you prone to ‘immappancy? Do you get easily confused by the actual size of countries and how they relate to each other by how much space they take up?…

The Games have begun, an opportunity missed

It was an amazing opening ceremony. Danny Boyle and his team had the opportunity at the outset, to challenge some of the more dominant, ugly trends that have taken over…

School Immersion: Vacation or Education?

“I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.” – Confucius, Chinese philosopher and political theorist, 551-479 BC Immersion programmes are growing in popularity, with many Irish…

Arms, ‘consensus’ and human development

Source: IMG_5419 by controlarms, Flickr I don’t know about yours but my dictionary suggests that the word consensus means ‘general agreement’ or ‘majority opinion’.  The reason I raise the issue…