The Centre for Global Education was established in 1986 by eight development agencies to provide education services that enhance awareness of international development issues. Its central remit is to provide learning that will enable individuals and organisations to address the causes of poverty, inequality and injustice at local and global levels. The Centre believes that in the current era of accelerated globalisation our society is becoming increasingly interconnected with the wider world. Development education equips individuals and organisations to understand the cultural, economic, social and political influences on our lives that result from our growing interdependence with other countries and societies. It also provides learners with the skills, values, knowledge and understanding necessary to facilitate action that will contribute to poverty eradication both locally and globally.
The Centre for Global Education provides training and resources to local target groups that tailor global education content and practice to their needs. We consider the development process in Ireland within the context of the global South and support multiculturalism and mutual respect by providing opportunities to learn about other cultures, faiths and lifestyles. The Centre supports the view that we can learn more about ourselves and local communities by extending our knowledge and experience of the wider world.
Our current activities include the delivery of a four year schools programme supported by the UK government that aims embed global learning as regular practice in 50% of grant aided primary, post-primary and special schools in Northern Ireland. We also have an on-site library with research and reference materials on global issues including free WIFI. We produce publications on global issues available online from our web site at www.centreforglobaleducation.com and publish the only global education journal in the island of Ireland available on an open access basis at www.centreforglobaleducation.com.