Have you ever heard about One World Week? It’s time to get involved and together with other youth groups from all around Ireland take action towards a farier world. People in KOWC already know – Bouncing back and beyond is the way of dealing with global issues.
During The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty (October 17th) a very interesting and important training was running in the new office of KOWC (Kerry One World Centre – operated by KADE, Kerry action for Development education on Friary Lane in Tralee). Alan Hayes from NYCI (National youth council of Ireland) came to Tralee to provide two 2-hours trainings for KOWC members, youth workers, volunteers and individuals from Kerry region as a part of One World Week training tour.
Important topic “resilience” of One World Week
The theme of One World Week (OWW) for year 2012 is “resilience” or “bouncing back” – because many youth groups and organizations voted for this topic. This is obviously an issue that young people have to deal with directly. But what does it mean? It is a quality that allows some people when knocked down by life to come back stronger than ever. For that reason Alan Hayes needed to add to the topic “bouncing back” also very important word – “beyond”. You could download whole guidebook “Bouncing Back and Beyond” on the webpage: http://www.youthdeved.ie/bouncingback.
After this 2-hours OWW training, led by Alan Hayes and focused on experiential learning – participants should be able to understand the theme: resilience and to be confident to work on some suggested activities in guidebook with target youth groups in Kerry region. One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland every year during the third week in November. Central events will take place in Cork city (November 10th) and Dublin (November 17th). So there is still time and place for actions led by youth groups from Kerry region..
Our steps towards a Fairer World?
The educational resource pack “Bouncing Back and Beyond” clearly explores the concept of “resilience” with focus on the local, but also global issues affecting youngsters’ lives. It encourages them to look at the factors contributing to challenges and adversity they face everyday. They can find out why young people feel stressed or under pressure because of bad family circumstances, socio-economic problems, employment or migration. The resilience can be coping strategy young people could explore, adopt and then take an action in their community as a reaction to all these issues.
After that the action “Steps towards a Fairer World” is very easy: first explore the issues using activities from the resource pack “Bouncing Back and Beyond”, then ask other people for their opinion, and together create a vision of the world you want. During One World Week use your local youth centre or community centre to display the footsteps publicly and then share your ideas with other youth groups during two central events In Cork or Dublin. See you there!!
Written by: Boba Baluchova (Media officer, Grundtvig assistant @ KOWC)
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