- Our Global Citizenship Education Partners
- Applying for funding
What is Global Citizenship Education?
Global Citizenship Education is a lifelong educational process which aims to increase public knowledge and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. By challenging stereotypes and encouraging independent thinking, global eitizenship education helps people to critically explore how global justice issues interlink with their everyday lives.
Global Citizenship Education is transformative. It enables people to analyse and challenge the root causes and consequences of global poverty and inequality and to transform the social, cultural, political and economic structures which affect their lives and the lives of others. It aspires to change the way people think and act; empowering them to take action and become active global citizens in the creation of a fairer, more just, more secure and more sustainable world for all.
Global Citizenship Education addresses a wide range of themes and issues, including:
Why do we provide Global Citizenship Education funding?
Our funding to global citizenship education supports the implementation of the Irish Aid Global Citizenship Education Strategy 2021-2025. The long term goal of the Strategy is that through the provision of global citizenship education, people are empowered to analyse and challenge the root causes and consequences of global hunger, poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change.
Global citizenship education plays an important role in building the conditions in which we can continue to meet ongoing global challenges, contributing to both our foreign policy and international development policy objectives. The four core values underpinning our foreign policy are a fairer, more just, more secure and more sustainable world. Irish Aid promotes these values abroad through our international development programme and at home through our support for development education. Global citizenship education promotes citizenship literacy among the Irish public by deepening understanding of global justice issues and Ireland’s core values, advancing our foreign policy aim of contributing to the collective international effort to build a better world for all.
Our funding for global citizenship education enables us to work in partnership with educators across the primary, post-primary, higher education, youth and adult and community education sectors to increase the accessibility, quality and effectiveness of development education in Ireland.
Projects and programmes approved for global citizenship education funding share the following characteristics:
- Contribute to the learner’s knowledge and understanding of global justice issues and facilitate the learner to engage with multiple perspectives
- Enhance the learner’s skills and competencies, placing particular emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills
- Strengthen the leaner’s values and attitudes, supporting the learner to recognise our global interconnectedness and consequently our rights and responsibilities as global citizens
- Promote action at a local and global level, empowering the learner to engage in individual and/or collective action to bring about a positive difference in the world
All projects and programmes approved for global citizenship education funding have a strong focus on achieving the results set out in the Global Citizenship Education Strategy and the Performance Measurement Framework and contribute to awareness raising of and engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Global Citizenship Education Grants Funding
33 organisations have been granted Irish Aid funding through the Global Citizenship Education programme. This funding is a mixture of new projects approved in 2023, plus Year 2 funding for projects approved in 2022. A total of €2,127,722 in funding was approved for 2023, with an additional €964,520 approved for 2024, and €636,387 approved for 2025.
Year 1 Funding 2023
ARD Family Resource Centre
|Engineers Without Borders
Financial Justice Ireland
Galway One World Centre
Latin America Solidarity Centre
|Lourdes Youth and Community Services
|Tools for Solidarity
University College Cork
University College Dublin Volunteers Overseas
Voluntary Service International (VSI)
|Youth Work Ireland Galway
Youth Work Ireland Tipperary
|Year 2 Funding 2023
|Centre for Global Education
|Cloyne Diocesan Youth Services (CDYS)
|Friends of the Earth
|Global Action Plan
|Inishowen Development Partnership
|Irish Girl Guides
|Munster Technological University
|Proudly Made in Africa
|Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative
|Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative (Dear Co-funding)
In 2022, a total of €3,543,876 was provided to 9 organisations for multi-annual funding under the Global Citizesnhip Education Strategic Partnership Programme as follows:
|Irish Aid Funding Allocation
|Youth 2030 (NYCI)
|Saolta (Development Perspectives)
An updated approach to results will be developed as part of the roll out of the new Global Citizenship Education Strategy. In 2022, as an interim measure, partners will be asked to provide quantitative basic data to include the following:
- numbers directly reached (disaggregated by geography and gender).
- this total figure to be broken down by primary students, post-primary students, 3rd level students (not student teachers), student teachers (primary), student teachers (post-primary), young people, youth educators, educators in ACE sector, adults (ACE), other (please specify).
- Estimated numbers indirectly reached (as relevant, please clarify how this figure is calculated).
- Institutions supported (primary schools, post-primary schools, HEIs, youth organisations, organisations in ACE sectors, others (please specify).
- Knowledge products produced (new and updated).
Irish Aid monitoring of Global Citizenship Education Grants includes:
- Annual report on results and expenditure
- Audited accounts to be submitted annually
Our Global Citizenship Education Strategy
Support Documentation available for download:
- Global Citizenship Education Strategy 2021-2025
- Straitéis Oideachais um Shaoránacht Dhomhanda Chúnamh Éireann
- 2018/2019 Results from the Irish Aid Development Education Performance Measurement Framework
- 2019/2020 Results from the Irish Aid Development Education Performance Measurement Framework
- 2020/2021 Results from the Irish Aid Development Education Performance Measurement Framework
Our Global Citizenship Education Strategy
Download the current Irish Aid Global Citizenship Education Strategy.
Irish Aid Annual Report 2022
Download the 2022 Irish Aid annual report to read more about how we work with civil society organsiations to raise development awareness.