Oxfam has just published research which found that eight billionaires own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. While the super-rich accrue grotesque amounts of wealth, one in nine people will go to bed hungry tonight. These findings indicate clearly that the global economy is broken and the idea that markets trickle down wealth to those in need has become a sick joke. Oxfam has just published research which found that eight billionaires own as much wealth as the poorest half of the world’s population. While the super-rich accrue grotesque amounts of wealth, one in nine people will go to bed hungry tonight.
We clearly need Sustainable Development Goal 10 focused on ‘reduced inequalities’ to succeed in narrowing the chasm between rich and poor around the world. This goal is central to the work of the Centre for Global Education, a development non-governmental organisation based in Belfast that provides training and resources on global issues. The Centre has a walk-in library with a wealth of resources on global issues. We also deliver teacher training to embed global learning as regular practice in schools and publish Ireland’s only development education journal, Policy and Practice: A Development Education Review, which is available in an open access format at www.developmenteducationreview.com.
Since 2011, the Centre has been delivering education projects in the Gaza Strip, Palestine in partnership with the Canaan Institute, a Palestinian NGO based in Gaza city. We decided to work in Gaza because it is a region subjected to extreme poverty caused primarily by a ten year Israeli siege that has created a humanitarian crisis. At home and abroad the Centre believes in addressing the causes of poverty and working toward a more just, equal and sustainable world.