The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney, T.D., and the Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon, T.D., today announced the allocation of €1.2 million in funding to 27 development education organisations working throughout Ireland.
Announcing the funding, the Tánaiste stated:
“I am announcing an allocation of €1.2 million in funding to organisations working to bring quality development education to a wide audience around the country – in classrooms, universities, youth groups and community groups. This is an increase of more than €33,000 over the development education funding provided in 2018.
“The Sustainable Development Goals commit governments to ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development. Development education strengthens the understanding of global dimensions of the SDGs and is critical to achieving the transformative change that defines the Goals. This funding will support projects and programmes that will empower people to analyse and challenge the root causes and consequences of global hunger, poverty and injustice.”
Minister Cannon added:
“The Irish Aid Development Education Strategy 2017 – 2023 sets out the Government’s ambition for development education in Ireland over the coming years. The annual grants funding is vital for the organisations who are working on the ground to make the SDGs real for people. These organisations provide a space for members of the public to explore what it means to be an active global citizen and to fight for a more equal, peaceful and sustainable future for the world‘s citizens.”