Global education is education that opens people’s eyes and minds to the realities of the globalised world and awakens them to bring about a world of greater justice, equity and Human Rights for all”
The Mastricht Declaration, 2002
For Comhlámh, global citizenship education is at the heart of everything we do. It shapes our courses and trainings, our #firstweds debates, our support for international volunteers and development workers as well as our accompaniment of member groups who are active on a wide range of social justice issues. It also informs how we, as a team, work with and support each other.
Through our practice, we strive to create space for open inquiry, for exploration of the complex, interdependent and unequal world of which we are part and for the envisaging of a more just and sustainable future for all. We encourage people (including ourselves) to begin from a place of compassion and critical inquiry, focusing on the exploration of sometimes difficult and uncomfortable topics (whiteness, privilege, inequality) and the building and sustaining of allyships, all in an effort to deepen and strengthen the work for social justice.
Our offerings reach, among others, international volunteers and development workers, volunteers and activists in the community here in Ireland, global education practitioners including teachers. We are also proud to collaborate with a host of grassroots civil society groupings at the local level as well as at national and regional level. These groupings work on refugee and migrant rights, environmental justice, anti-racism, gender equality and many other issues.
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We have a number of online courses available for you to check out today. You will find our them here
Our collaborations with European partners
Over the past few years and in collaboration with some fantastic European partners, Comhlámh has worked on several pan-European projects, always with the aim of supporting organisations/initiatives, trainers and facilitators as well as individuals to draw on prior experience and strengthen their capacity to engage in solidarity work. This short video gives a flavour of our work
It profiles a Training of Trainers event that we delivered with partners in Palermo, Sicily back in February 2020 as part of the International Citizens for Local Perspectives Project. The training was about strengthening facilitator capacity to work with groups and support collective action for social justice. This training brought together over 30 youth workers and global educators from across Europe
Another recent European project has been Volunteering for a Better Future
More here about our approach to Global Citizenship Education
Against the backdrop of intersecting global crises, ongoing injustices, and heightened uncertainty about what the future holds, an important consideration is how to equip ourselves to face the challenges and enact change.
Global Citizenship Education provides a starting point but there are many ways to think about and conceive of Global Citizenship Education.
So how is Comhlámh thinking about it and conceiving it? In recent years we have been seeking out questions and approaches that:
support relating differently (to each other);
encourage a leaning into complexity;
provoke honest examination of the web of relations and power that are at play in our world
– and we go from there.
The Gesturing Towards Decolonial Futures Collective offers a treasure trove of such questions and approaches. Among their offerings is the metaphor of ‘The House that Modernity Built’.
Imagine the Earth, they say, with a big house sitting on top of it. The house is very big and currently exceeds the limits of the planet. It is the house that we live in, with its modern-colonial foundations of financial capitalism, bordered nation states and a hard floor that separates us from Earth/ nature.
Every day this big ‘house’ provides security and comfort to a few but at a cost to many, including the Earth itself.
We can ask: Who is paying the heaviest price for the ongoing maintenance of this house? Who is deriving pleasure, comfort, riches, security from the house? Does the house need fixing or does it need demolition? Where are we in the ‘house?’ Having been schooled by the house, are we capable of imagining a different kind of house, or being in the house differently?
With this metaphor of the House in mind, Comhlámh asks how can we, together, build the insights and stamina needed to consider the injustice, inequality and harm of and within the current system? How can we begin to address envisage a more just future?
As one colleague put it ‘these questions and approaches are about me taking responsibility not because of my privilege but because I understand how the system is operating and how I am part of it’
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