- Our Global Citizenship Education Partners
- Applying for funding
What is Global Citizenship Education?
Global Citizenship Education is a lifelong educational process which aims to increase public knowledge and understanding of the rapidly changing, interdependent and unequal world in which we live. By challenging stereotypes and encouraging independent thinking, global eitizenship education helps people to critically explore how global justice issues interlink with their everyday lives.
Global Citizenship Education is transformative. It enables people to analyse and challenge the root causes and consequences of global poverty and inequality and to transform the social, cultural, political and economic structures which affect their lives and the lives of others. It aspires to change the way people think and act; empowering them to take action and become active global citizens in the creation of a fairer, more just, more secure and more sustainable world for all.
Global Citizenship Education addresses a wide range of themes and issues, including:
Why do we provide Global Citizenship Education funding?
Our funding to global citizenship education supports the implementation of the Irish Aid Global Citizenship Education Strategy 2021-2025. The long term goal of the Strategy is that through the provision of global citizenship education, people are empowered to analyse and challenge the root causes and consequences of global hunger, poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change.
Global citizenship education plays an important role in building the conditions in which we can continue to meet ongoing global challenges, contributing to both our foreign policy and international development policy objectives. The four core values underpinning our foreign policy are a fairer, more just, more secure and more sustainable world. Irish Aid promotes these values abroad through our international development programme and at home through our support for development education. Global citizenship education promotes citizenship literacy among the Irish public by deepening understanding of global justice issues and Ireland’s core values, advancing our foreign policy aim of contributing to the collective international effort to build a better world for all.
Our funding for global citizenship education enables us to work in partnership with educators across the primary, post-primary, higher education, youth and adult and community education sectors to increase the accessibility, quality and effectiveness of development education in Ireland.
Projects and programmes approved for global citizenship education funding share the following characteristics:
- Contribute to the learner’s knowledge and understanding of global justice issues and facilitate the learner to engage with multiple perspectives
- Enhance the learner’s skills and competencies, placing particular emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills
- Strengthen the leaner’s values and attitudes, supporting the learner to recognise our global interconnectedness and consequently our rights and responsibilities as global citizens
- Promote action at a local and global level, empowering the learner to engage in individual and/or collective action to bring about a positive difference in the world
All projects and programmes approved for global citizenship education funding have a strong focus on achieving the results set out in the Global Citizenship Education Strategy and the Performance Measurement Framework and contribute to awareness raising of and engagement with the Sustainable Development Goals.
Our Global Citizenship Education Partners
Global Citizenship Education Grants Funding
15 organisations were successful in their applications to the 2021 Round of the Global Citizenship Education Fund and 13 organisations were eligible for year 2 funding from the 2020 Round of the Global Citizenship Education Fund. €1,479,268 funding was approved for 2021, with an additional €422,757 approved for 2022. Below is a list of our current partners.
Total Funding Awarded
|Afri||Third Level, and ACE||2||€ 47,500||€ 47,500||€ 95,000|
|AkiDwA Ireland||Adult & Community||1||€ 25,000||€ 25,000|
|An Cosan||Third Level, and ACE||1||€ 19,643||€ 19,643|
|An Taisce||Primary||2||€ 120,000||€ 120,000||€ 240,000|
|ARD Family Resource Centre||Youth||2||€ 14,115||€ 17,346||€ 31,461|
|Centre for Global Education (CGE)||Third Level, and ACE||2||€ 57,908||€ 60,580||€ 118,488|
|Christian Blind Mission||Third Level||1||€ 11,000||€ 11,000|
|CIT - Crawford College of Art & Design||Third Level, ACE, Youth||2||€ 134,260||€ 134,260||€ 268,520|
|ECO-UNESCO||Youth||2||€ 110,000||€ 110,000||€ 220,000|
|EIL Intercultural Learning||Adult & Community||2||€ 60,000||€ 60,000||€ 120,000|
|Engineers Without Borders||Third Level, and ACE||2||€ 45,000||€ 45,000||€ 90,000|
|Financial Justice Ireland||Third Level, and ACE||2||€ 45,594||€ 44,415||€ 90,009|
|Friends of the Earth||Adult & Community, and Youth||2||€ 44,834||€ 43,609||€ 88,443|
|Gaisce||Youth||1||€ 35,000||€ 35,000|
|Galway One World Centre||Primary||2||€ 35,000||€ 35,000||€ 70,000|
|Global Action Plan||Adult & Community||2||€ 35,600||€ 30,120||€ 65,720|
|Inishowen Development Partnership||Adult & Community||2||€ 65,000||€ 65,000||€ 130,000|
|Irish Girl Guides||Youth||1||€ 40,000||€ 40,000|
|Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC)||Adult & Community||2||€ 30,000||€ 30,000||€ 60,000|
|Lourdes Youth and Community Services||Youth, and ACE||2||€ 60,000||€ 60,000||€ 120,000|
|Proudly Made In Africa (PMIA)||Third Level||2||€ 47,500||€ 47,500||€ 95,000|
|Scouting Ireland||Youth||1||€ 44,000||€ 44,000|
|Tearfund||Youth||2||€ 24,448||€ 20,554||€ 45,002|
|Tools for Solidarity||Primary, Youth, and ACE||1||€ 10,000||€ 10,000|
|UBUNTU||Third Level||2||€ 179,984||€ 179,061||€ 359,045|
|UCC-CGD||Third Level||2||€ 73,623||€ 73,623||€ 147,246|
|UCD Volunteers Overseas (UCDVO)||Third Level||2||€ 50,000||€ 50,000||€ 100,000|
|Youth Work Ireland Tipperary||Youth||2||€ 24,288||€ 24,288||€ 48,576|
European Commission DEAR (Development Education and Awareness Raising) Co-funding
Irish Aid Funding 2021 Allocation
|Waterford Sustainable Living Initiative (Sli)||Youth||4||€ 5,504.50|
Global Citizenship Education Strategic Partnership Programmes
A total of €2,641,000 is being provided to 7 organisations for multi-annual funding under the Development Education Strategic Partnership Programme as follows:
Irish Aid Funding 2021 Allocation
|Worldwide Global Schools (WWGS)||€ 1,100,000|
|80:20 (DevelopmentEducation.ie)||€ 110,000|
|Irish Development Education Association (IDEA)||€ 350,000|
|NYCI (Youth)||€ 271,000|
|Development Perspectives (A.C.E)||€ 240,000|
How to apply for Global Citizenship Education Grant funding -
Irish Aid issues a call for global citizenship education project proposals annually. The Global Citizenship Education Grant Scheme is open to Irish-based organisations only.
Grants are allocated in the range of €10,000 to €180,000 annually. In 2022, applications can be submitted for projects with a duration of one, two or three years.
The 2022 Global Citizenship Education Grant call for proposals is now closed.
The 2023 Global Citizenship Education Grant call for proposals will be made in the last Quarter of 2022.
An updated approach to results will be developed as part of the roll out of the new Global Citizenship Education Strategy. In 2022, as an interim measure, partners will be asked to provide quantitative basic data to include the following:
- numbers directly reached (disaggregated by geography and gender).
- this total figure to be broken down by primary students, post-primary students, 3rd level students (not student teachers), student teachers (primary), student teachers (post-primary), young people, youth educators, educators in ACE sector, adults (ACE), other (please specify).
- Estimated numbers indirectly reached (as relevant, please clarify how this figure is calculated).
- Institutions supported (primary schools, post-primary schools, HEIs, youth organisations, organisations in ACE sectors, others (please specify).
- Knowledge products produced (new and updated).
Irish Aid monitoring of Global Citizenship Education Grants includes:
- Annual report on results and expenditure
- Audited accounts to be submitted annually
Our Global Citizenship Education Strategy
Support Documentation available for download:
- Global Citizenship Education Strategy 2021-2025
- Straitéis Oideachais um Shaoránacht Dhomhanda Chúnamh Éireann
- 2018/2019 Results from the Irish Aid Development Education Performance Measurement Framework
- 2019/2020 Results from the Irish Aid Development Education Performance Measurement Framework
- Development Education Strategy 2017-2023
- Straitéis Chúnamh Éireann um Oideachas Forbartha 2017-2023
- UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development 2015-2030
Our Global Citizenship Education Strategy
Download the current Irish Aid Global Citizenship Education Strategy.
Irish Aid Annual Report 2020
Download the Irish Aid Annual Report 2020 to read more about how we work with civil society organsiations to raise development awareness.