Minister Brophy hosts final on-line Town Hall meeting on development of new Irish Aid Strategy on Global Citizenship and Development Education

21st April 2021 - Colm Brophy TD

The Minister for Overseas Development Aid and the Diaspora, Colm Brophy TD, today led the third of three on-line Town Hall meetings which will help shape a new Irish Aid strategy for greater public engagement on such global issues as climate change, migration and hunger.

Minister Brophy said:

“The pandemic has reminded us all of the interconnectedness of life in Ireland with life elsewhere.  Issues such as responding to COVID-19, or addressing climate change, hunger, injustice and inequality require global action, which will in turn shape our future.  Given that we all have a stake in the future, I want to bring as many people as possible into conversations about the issues, so as to help shape Ireland’s response to these challenges.

“That is why I am developing a new strategy for Irish Aid’s engagement with the public, an opportunity to reimagine, rejuvenate and refresh our work on global citizenship and development education.  This new strategy will help create a framework for greater public engagement on global issues which impact on us today and tomorrow.”

Approximately 80 people attended the event, bringing to 300 the total number of people who attended one of the Town Halls over the last month. This included members of the public and representatives of adult, community and youth groups, third level institutions, schools, NGOs and Government Departments.

The Irish Aid Global Citizenship Education strategy is due to be finalised by the end of the summer and today’s meeting was an important step in hearing the public’s views. The strategy will set out how Irish Aid will work with community groups, schools, colleges and through non-formal education to advance global citizenship education.


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