“Now I want to learn more about how other people live .."

“Now I want to learn more about how other people live, especially girls my age around the world," Plan International Ireland Development Education Student


OUR INCLUSIVE APPROACH

as explained by Mary Hanlon, our Development Education Officer

“In my lessons, I seek to generate deeper engagement of young people through what is called “Peer to Peer Development Education.”

This aims to explore and challenge our perception of issues such as social justice, inequality, child labour and exploitation, I use a range of methodologies including teamwork, games, films, discussion, news items, and case studies.

At first many students were hesitant and shy, lacking the confidence to stand in front of their peers, feeling their knowledge of local and global development was not sufficient to lead a discussion or facilitate a session.

However, as the weeks passed the number of students wanting to lead the sessions trebled. The ability of young people to draw on their own experiences and knowledge grew each week, as did the capacity of the facilitators to lead a lively informed session.

Feedback from the students included;

“the participation of our class was very high…I liked how when my classmates were facilitators, they would draw the reasons for what we said…”

I like expressing my opinion in class and I also like hearing the other people’s opinion as well”

“Now I want to learn more about how other people live, especially girls my age around the world”.