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The DEBATE Project is an innovative project, funded by Irish Aid and Dublin & Dún Laoghaire ETB, which facilitates adult learners and tutors in the Adult Education Services to critically reflect on social justice and global issues.  The project recognises the educational value of supporting adults in understanding and engaging with complex, interconnected local-global issues.

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Development Education can play an important part in helping communities discuss, debate and take action on the global economic and political policies which shape the lives and livelihoods of local people here and people around the world.

A better world is possible

The key objectives of the DEBATE project are:

  • the establishment of a learning environment that actively and visibly supports the inclusion of a global justice perspective
  • capacity building for DDLETB adult education tutors to integrate Development Education into teaching practice
  • increased access for adult learners to courses with a specific Development Education dimension

The project delivers a range of activities to achieve these objectives, including:

  • Professional Development workshops and accredited courses for DDLETB tutors in Development Education issues and methodologies.
  • Adult Education courses in Development and Intercultural Education.
  • Information displays on key development issues, such as Human Rights, Ethical Consumption, Gender and Equality, etc.
  • Regular events for DDLETB learners and tutors, such as Fair Trade Coffee Mornings, to highlight development issues in the Adult Education Service.

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The DEBATE project is also responsible for providing:

  • An online interactive teaching and learning space for DDLETB tutors engaging in Development Education.
  • A databank of Development Education resources mapped to Learning Outcomes in QQI modules delivered across DDLETB Adult Education Services.
  • A resource library for DDLETB tutors and learners.