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The Ubuntu Network was established in 2006 to support the integration of Development Education into post primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Ireland. The Ubuntu Network is a national network, funded by Irish Aid (Department of Foreign Affairs). It brings together post-primary teacher educators and partner NGOs to enhance ITE curriculum to include a living understanding of and commitment to education for global citizenship, sustainable development and social justice. It seeks to  ensure that graduate teachers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and positive disposition to integrate into their teaching, and into the schools in which they work, perspectives that encourage active engagement to build a more just and sustainable world.

Development Education is a cross cutting theme of many teacher education programmes in the School of Education. It may be described as education that supports the learner to critically reflect on and engage with local and global development issues with a view to acting for a more just, equitable and sustainable world. The UN Sustainable Development Goals are central to Development Education as they reflect the key issues of our time including poverty, inequality, climate change, production and consumption. The Ubuntu Network issues a call for Development Education projects annually (May/ June), inviting members to submit project proposals to integrate Development Education into ITE.

Funds are awarded to projects that meet the specified criteria.

ITE members of the Ubuntu Network: Limerick School of Art and Design | Crawford College of Art and Design | Dublin City University Institute of Education | Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (Letterfrack) | Hibernia College | National College of Art and Design | National University of Ireland, Galway | Maynooth University | St. Angela’s College, Sligo | MIC Thurles | Trinity College Dublin | University College Dublin | University College Cork | University of Limerick

For more information on the Ubuntu Nework, please contact:
Deirdre Hogan, Ubuntu Network Coordinator at: deirdre.hogan@ul.ie or
Joanne O’Flaherty, Academic Coordinator at: joanne.oflaherty@ul.ie
Website: www.ubuntu.ie
Twitter: @Ubuntu_Network

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Pictured at a recent workshop on Education and Social Inequality were Dr. Ollie McGarr, Head of the School of Education; Ger Spillane, Regional Manager of Focus Ireland; Fr. Peter McVerry, Peter McVerry Trust; Deirdre Hogan, Ubuntu Network.
Photograph: Adrian McDonagh.