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KOWC Secondary Schools Work Update: June 2014
Kerry One World Centre has been a stimulating place to work this past school year. KOWC received funding from Irish Aid’s WorldWise Global Schools programme which enabled us to operate our Global Schools Support service and establish the KOWC Global Schools Network (KOWC GSN). The network is designed to support schools to integrate Development Education (DE) into their activities.  Both our website (www.kade.ie/Secondary/) and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/KerryOneWorldCentre) was regularly updated (have you liked us on Facebook?), and a KOWC GSN email newsletter was circulated to all Kerry schools and beyond during the school year.

Specific projects with individual schools is also a dimension of our work, and this past year we worked with CSPE students and teacher Patricia McGrath in Causeway Comprehensive to assist them to achieve Fairtrade School status. Students in a final evaluation revealed that the project had a positive impact upon their respect for both themselves and others, for example. We hope to expand and enhance our service for the school year 2014/2015 and work with many schools in the county/region on various DE projects including Human Rights and Fairtrade. If you are a teacher who would like to work with us but have not yet been in contact, please email project officer Aisling Enright at: resources@kade.ie!


KOWC GSN Moodle Project Update: June, 2014

Concept: Kerry One World Centre Global Schools Network (KOWC GSN) was designed as a resource hub for schools to access relevant Development Education (DE) resources and materials. Existing resources are collected by KOWC staff, who use their DE expertise to ensure the materials are of the highest standard and most relevant to end users.

Research: Contact was made initially with 8 schools who had expressed an interest in the project. Teachers took an on online survey so we could understand how to best focus our efforts. The findings from this research indicated Human Rights, and Fairtrade as topics that teachers wanted more information on, so we initially focused on gathering resources on these topics. We also researched on how other organisations around the world were using Moodle to see how we could incorporate some of their features into our site.

Design: Design is very important to any website, so we went through many design changes before settling on a theme that was modern, clean, functional and also easy for users to navigate. It is tidy and uncluttered and also visually appealing, e.g. a moving slideshow on the front page gives the site a dynamic quality.

Content: As KOWC has been operating for over 20 years, it has built up an extensive library of DE resources in both physical and digital forms. These libraries were searched and the most relevant content was selected for uploading to the site. We also searched online for other documentation which would be beneficial to use.

Testing: We  tested the site with a cohort of students to see how user-friendly it was for them and this helped us to refine some site operating procedures.

Feedback: In the short time that this project has been running to date, we have made great strides in developing the Moodle site. Feedback from various surveys we have conducted indicates there is great interest in the service we can provide and a number of teachers and schools have asked to be involved with us in the coming school year!


Primary teacher in-service course

Duration: 5 days - July 7-11, 9.30-2.00

Sector: Primary

Venue: Tech Amergin, Waterville

‘Global Stories: improving literacy through oracy’

This course explores strategies to enhance children's literacy skills by learning about different cultures and global interdependence through story and southern narratives. Course participants will look at teaching methodologies for integrating human rights education and development education across the primary school curriculum, through active learning methodologies and the use of ICT. Tutors: Lydia McCarthy of Trocaire and Aoife Titley of Amnesty International,

facilitated by Kerry One World Centre (www.kade.ie).

Register with Education Centre, Tralee; see :www.edcentretralee.ie/ect-how-to-book.html

Aisling Enright and Peter Lynch of KOWC, supported staff and students of Causeway Comprehensive to attain their Fairtrade School Certificate. Peter and Aisling travelled to Causeway on Wednesday, April 30 to join them in celebrating their achievement on becoming a Fairtrade school. The journey to becoming a Fairtrade School provided opportunities to enhance many areas of the curriculum as well as allowing opportunities to explore citizenship from a global perspective. The project was supported by WorldWise Global Schools (www.worldwiseschools.ie).


Fairtrade Ireland’s Johnny Sheehan (www.fairtrade.ie) thanked the students and staff for “promoting Fairtrade locally and for supporting farmers in poor countries to get a fair income for the work they do... "When we had farmers over from Central America recently for Fairtrade Fortnight”, he added, “they were overwhelmed by the work being done on the ground in communities like yours to promote the availability and sales of Fairtrade products. At Fairtrade Ireland, we'd encourage you to continue to promote Fairtrade in your community, get local schools, organisations and businesses involved and to stay linked in with groups like Kerry One World Centre…”.


The countdown to National Volunteer Week in Kerry, happening 12th-18th May, is underway at Kerry Volunteer Centre. There are volunteer information sessions planned to enable people to take the first steps into volunteering, there are prizes galore sponsored to thank people for volunteering and training events  are arranged to support volunteer involving organisations.

The call is being out to you Kerry's community and voluntary groups, charities, sporting clubs, schools and resource centres to celebrate the positive difference that YOUR volunteers make by getting involved in National Volunteering Week 2014. Remember, getting involved in the National Volunteering Week is free, fun, easy and we are here to help.

The Week itself provides a unique opportunity for community groups, sports clubs, voluntary organisation, charities and schools to shine a light on their inspiring work, to highlight the value and impact of their volunteering locally and to acknowledge the many roles that Volunteers play’. To date celebration based events have included coffee and cake thank you mornings, tree planting ceremony, awarding certificates of appreciation and creating a volunteer wall of fame. The choice of events is endless and up to the community and voluntary group to decide.

In each of the 4 weeks counting down to National Volunteering Week the Kerry Volunteer Centre will have ‘Thank You for Volunteering’ prizes available to be won on its Facebook page www.facebook.com/KerryVolunteerCentre.  The Thank You for Volunteering prizes has been made possible thanks to the kind generosity of sponsors such as O’ Callaghan Coach Holidays, Marks and Spenser, Walsh Brother Shoes, Hugh Culloty's and Gerbola Circus.  National Volunteer Week is one week of the year when everyone is encouraged to give volunteering a try, so that everyone can learn that volunteering can make a big difference and be a lot of fun!

Our first National Volunteering Week COMPETITION TO WIN 5 Tickets to go see the Gerbola Circus in Tralee this Saturday 19th April. Simply share and like this post by Wednesday at 5pm, winner will be announced at 5.30pm and tickets are to be collected on Thursday.
Kerry Volunteer Centre has lots of supports and ideas available to your group to host a Volunteer celebration event or a hands on Volunteering project. To avail of free advice and support contact Geraldine at Kerry Volunteer Centre on 066 7117966.  Events can be registered via email to geraldine@volunteerkerry.ie


Solidarity Songs is a national competition, jointly organised by Kerry One World Centre (KOWC) and Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (KDYS), with support from Kerry County Council Arts office. It offers amateur songwriters an opportunity to showcase their creative talents by writing a song (4 an Equal World) which highlights aspects  of the UN Millennium Development Goals (see: www.un.org/millenniumgoals )                                                                                         


The current round of Solidarity Songs entry deadline is November 1, 2014; entries by email to solidarity@kade.ie.   (please copy & paste links)

See:www.kade.ie/Solidarity-Songs/ & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWDI WLjD1A  for further details. No age restrictions. Open to all entries

Prizes include: music software editing package (sponsored by PSM Electronics), valuable studio time with an engineer, recording time & pressed copies of your own work on cd !

Eoin Cronnelly is the 2013 Winner of the Solidarity Songs Contest

   With his song `ONE WORLD` Image



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