Ireland & UK
Children in Crossfire are passionate about giving young people the emotional resilience and critical thinking skills to be an active change maker- a change maker who can work towards making a fairer and more compassionate world.
Our work in Ireland and the UK provides opportunities for educators, particularly those working with young people, to engage in Development Education.
Development Education is about understanding global interconnectedness and the structures that create and sustain poverty. It is about helping people develop the right skills and values so that they can become citizens that our world needs. 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.
We work to connect the ‘head’ and the ‘heart’ because we realise that having knowledge of complex issues isn’t always enough to facilitate people to action- we need to nurture their capacity for compassion, for care and for kindness. Our Patron, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, says it best:
“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”
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