A Development Education course for Transition Year Students was initiated in response to requests from schools wanting to integrate development/global issues within their overall school programme. Beginning in 2006 a partnership of teachers, students, NGOs and a third level institution worked together over 3 years to develop an approriate resource for engaging students with a range of topical development issues facing the world today.
The resulting course was 'field' tested in classrooms and is continually being adapted in response to input from all partners. There are now some 32 schools engaged with the project in 4 clusters throughout Ireland. The course is directly supported by Self Help Africa, Combat Diseases of Poverty Consortium, NUIM and Irish Aid with support from a range of other NGOs. The course offers guidelines and access to resources for second level teachers who want to integrate Development Education into their teaching.
The project was led by St. Mary's Academy, Carlow, who were successful in securing funding from Irish Aid for the development of the resources. The project is now complete and the course has been validated by the NCCA.