Development Education (Dev Ed) is about understanding global interconnectedness. This means learning and understanding the structural causes of poverty and how poverty is sustained. Dev Ed is about helping young people develop the right skills and values so that they can become the citizens that our world needs most.
At Children in Crossfire, we are passionate about giving young people the emotional resilience and critical thinking skills to become an ‘active change maker’. A change maker who can and will work towards making a fairer and more compassionate world. We believe that when everyone acts out of love and compassion for humanity, then Children will live in a world where global injustice no longer exists.
Our Development Education Programmes
We work in Ireland and the UK to provide opportunities for educators, particularly those working with young people. The TIDAL Programme creates opportunities for teachers to learn new, fun and interactive methods that help their students learn about the world around them and where the possibilities for change are.
But knowing the issues doesn’t always mean that people will engage to make a difference. We need to work connecting the ‘head’ with the ‘heart’ because knowing the issues isn’t enough. To make real change people must engage in the issues. Therefore we need to nurture a person’s capacity for compassion and kindness. As a result, we help to create ‘the world the person needs most’. In our Educating the Heart programme, which is guided by the teachings of Our Patron, we apply this philosophy.
“Every individual has a responsibility to help guide our global family in the right direction. Good wishes are not sufficient; we must become actively engaged” – The Dalai Lama
TIDAL (Teachers in Development and Learning) is an innovative capacity building programme for Teachers of Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 (NI) and teachers of the Junior Cert, Leaving Cert and Transition Year (ROI). It creates opportunities for teachers to learn new, fun and interactive methods that…More
We believe that Compassion is not a matter of just knowing and feeling. Compassion can be developed as a core skill for active global citizenship. Extending, compassion to the world in this sense takes time and patience to cultivate. Children in Crossfire is committed to cultivating such Compassion…More
Please download these free teaching resources which support the implementation of Development Education approaches to fostering global citizenship. The resources closely connect to the Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland’s formal education curricula, and are compatible with the following: The key elements, curriculum skills and capabilities of the…More
Our Development Education team are delighted to have been invited to deliver two core skills of British Councils Connecting Classrooms programme! We see this as an opportunity to engage with more schools, more students and more teachers on themes of Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Student Leadership and Personal…More
VIVID originated from a focus group of blind and partially sighted young adults in Northern Ireland who expressed their wish to use their skills and experience in an overseas development context but felt opportunities for this were greatly limited. In partnership with RNIB-NI, VIVID engaged 10 young adults…More
A Strategic Partnership with Irish Aid Children in Crossfire believes in the necessity of Development Education as part of the wider strategic mission of the organisation. The Development Education programme is embedded within Children in Crossfire’s organisational strategic plan, contributing towards strategic outcome 2: ‘Increased cultivation of global…More