Monthly Archives: November 2013

DE Workshop with V.T.O.S. Students

Forty V.T.O.S. students attending classes in the Tallaght Adult Education Service participated in a very enjoyable Development Education session on Wednesday 20th of November.  The session was linked to a VTOS tradition where students take turns to bring in traditional dishes from their culture.  Facilitated by Meliosa Bracken, DEBATE Project Coordinator, the students took part in a number of activities to help them explore food ethics, consumption patterns and how local and global issues are linked.  Further DE sessions are planned for the coming months.

VTOS Students participating in a DE session on Food.

VTOS Students participating in a DE session on Food.

VTOS Students participating in a DE session on Food.

VTOS Students participating in a DE session on Food.

Human Rights Photo Competition

To Celebrate Human Rights Day 10th December 2013

The D.E.B.A.T.E. Project is holding a

Human Rights Photo Competition

for Students & Tutors in the Tallaght Adult Education Service

Enter a photograph you have taken that represents a Human Right taken from the

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

First Prize:                  €50.00 Gift Voucher

 Maximum of two entries per person

HR Day

Winning Entry – 2012 Right to Travel – Grigore Dogotori

To enter:

Leave your photograph at reception in the Tallaght Adult Education Centre with your name, contact details and the ‘Right’ your photo is showing.

Or Email photos with details to for printing.

Closing date:  Friday 20th of December 2013


An essential element of the D.E.B.A.T.E. Project is the delivery of professional development training to staff in the Tallaght Adult Education Service.

Introductory workshops on Development Education and its role in the DDLETB Adult Education Service took place on November 20th and November 22nd 2013.

Twenty adult education staff, including tutors, programme managers and administrative staff participated in an informative and interactive workshop.   The workshops were facilitated by Meliosa Bracken, DEBATE Project Coordinator and Helena McNeil, Development Education Facilitator for Lourdes Youth and Community Service.

Staff Training

Workshop Participants taking part in a Walking Debate

Workshop activities are outlined below:

  • What is Development Education?
  • Exploring local and global inequality
  • Exploring the link between local and global Issues
  • Discussion – Why should we integrate DE into our work?
  • Discussion – How can we integrate DE into our work?
  • Accessing support and information – Role of the DEBATE Project

A final Introductory Workshop is planned for January.  Staff from Tallaght and Blanchardstown Adult Education Services are welcome to attend. Please contact Meliosa ( to enrol.

Follow-up Workshops focusing on Integrating Development Education are planned for February.  Please contact Meliosa ( if you are interested in attending.



Google Earth Before and After Pictures of Typhoon Haiyan

Google Earth Before and After Pictures of Typhoon Haiyan


Philippines and Typhoon Haiyan

Adapted from Seth Borenstein (2013) Associated Press

According to experts, nature and man together cooked up the disaster in the Philippines.

Geography, weather patterns, poverty, shoddy construction, a booming population, and, to a much lesser degree, climate change combine to make the Philippines the nation most vulnerable to killer typhoons,.

And Typhoon Haiyan was one mighty storm.


Haiyan slammed the island nation with a storm surge two stories high and some of the highest winds ever measured in a tropical cyclone — 195 mph as clocked by U.S. satellites.



An untold number of homes were blown away, and thousands of people are feared dead.


“It’s that combination of nature and man,” said MIT tropical meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel. “If one of those ingredients were missing, you wouldn’t have a disaster.”

The 7,000 islands of the Philippines sit in the middle of the world’s most storm-prone region, which gets some of the biggest typhoons because of vast expanses of warm water that act as fuel and few pieces of land to slow storms down.

Humans played a big role in this disaster, too — probably bigger than nature’s, meteorologists said. University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy figures that 75 to 80 percent of the devastation can be blamed on the human factor.




Meteorologists point to extreme poverty and huge growth in population — much of it in coastal areas with poor construction that gave no protection against Typhoon Haiyan.  More than 4 out of 10 Filipinos live in a storm-prone city of more than 100,000, according to a 2012 World Bank study.

Tacloban after the Typhoon Haiyan

Tacloban after the Typhoon Haiyan

The population of Tacloban nearly tripled from about 76,000 to 221,000 in just 40 years.  About one-third of Tacloban’s homes have wooden exterior walls. And 1 in 7 homes have grass roofs, according to the census office.


Ireland’s core laws, values and structures are set out in the Constitution.   All legislation passed by the Oireachtas must be compatible with it.  The Constitution sets out a number of fundamental rights in Articles 38-44.  These include:

  • Right to life (Article 40.3)
  • Equality before the law (Article 40.1)
  • Right to a fair trial (Article 38.1)
  • Right to liberty (Article 40.4)
  • Right to freedom of expression, assembly and association (Article 40.6.1)
  • Protection of the family (Article 41)

In addition, the Courts have interpreted the Constitution as including certain human rights. These include:

  • Right to bodily integrity
  • Right to freedom from torture, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
  • Right to work and earn a livelihood
  • Right to privacy



‘Freedom from fear’ could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights.’

Dag Hammarskjold




First they came……

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me—
and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
― Martin Niemöller

Niemöller, a Lutheran pastor, was imprisoned in Sachsenhausen and Dachau concentration camps from 1937 to 1945.He narrowly escaped execution and survived imprisonment. After his imprisonment, he expressed his deep regret about not having done enough to help the victims of the Nazis.