Note: Development Education is often used interchangeably with the terms Global Education, Global Learning, Global Citizenship Education, or Education for Sustainable Development

Components and Characteristics of Development Education developed by the Irish Development Education Association (IDEA)

Contributes to Knowledge and Understanding

Explores cultural, environmental, economic, political and social relationships, and challenges local and global power inequalities, including those caused by patterns of production, distribution and consumption.

Strengthens Values and Attitudes

Seeks to bring about positive change, informed by values of equality, diversity, sustainability, democracy and human rights and responsibilities.

Enhances Skills and Competencies

Equips people to explore multiple perspectives and to engage critically with links between local and global issues, using participative and creative approaches.

Promotes Action

Enables people to make connections between their own lives and global justice issues, and empowers them to make a positive difference in the world.