The Sustainable Development Goals mark a significant milestone in the aspirations of governments and citizens globally. Their universal nature and applicability endeavours to engage the widest possible audience to ‘transform our world’.
There has been a significant shift from the Millennium Development Goals pertaining to education as Goal 2 of the MDGs was to ‘achieve universal primary education’ and as such this goal was purely quantitative. The emphasis of the SDG on Education is firmly placed within a quality framework with the full text of the goal reading ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote, lifelong learning opportunities for all.
Reading this goal and particularly one of the associated targets, it seems like the goal could have been written with Kimmage DSC in mind: “ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development”.
Kimmage DSC has long provided academic modules and training courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels on development related areas including Sustainable Livelihoods, Human Rights, Gender, Human Development, Adult Learning, and Conflict and Security. Any visitor to Kimmage DSC can experience our commitment to and appreciation of cultural diversity. Kimmage DSC has always utilised and encouraged participatory learning methods which encourage and value the sharing of development practice and experience.
Our student body continues to be multi-cultural and diverse and 2016/17 will be no different as we are currently readying ourselves to welcome students representing 11 nationalities to our MA in International Development this coming September. For more than 40 years development practitioners from a variety of countries have come to and study with Kimmage DSC as we aim to equip our students with the practical skills together with a critical understanding of global development policies to enable them to work for positive change in the world today. In this way the SDG fit nicely into our world view!
In recent years we have also endeavoured to broaden access to our courses beyond the classroom in recent years through the development of robust, tutor supported on-line education and training programmes. Since 2015 for example, it is possible to complete an MA in International Development completely on-line with Kimmage DSC. This has greatly expanded our reach, with over 100 students taking at least one MA module with us in the past academic year. More than half of these took these modules with us on-line. Since 2009, through our KODE Programme, we have also been able to offer shorter, practical, skills based distance education courses to development workers which have attracted hundreds of course participants in 45+ countries. See www.kimmageonline.ie
MA in International Development http://kimmagedsc.ie/full-time-study/ma/
MA in International Development by distance learing http://kimmagedsc.ie/studying-at-kimmage-dsc/fdlma-2/
KODE Programme http://kimmagedsc.ie/training/kode-courses/ Evening Courses http://kimmagedsc.ie/evening-courses/
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