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Systems (Virtual Podcast) W/ Guest Educator Francois Matarasso (Thinking about culture as if people matter)

This podcast primarily focused on François Matarasso’s practice and research behind community art. The conversation featured perspectives on participatory art, marginalisation in education/society, socio-economic issues in western society and the key role art educators play. Additionally, a discussion surrounding Matarasso’s book 'A Restless Art' and it’s connection to the training course 'Systems’ took place .

Matarasso’s practice focuses on writing, research and work in community art. His process rests on the belief that everyone has the right to create art and to share the result, as well as to enjoy and participate in the creations of others.
“Shaping your own cultural identity – and having it recognised by others – is central to human dignity and growth. If people can’t represent themselves culturally how can they do so in any other way, including politically? If people are only imagined and portrayed by others, how can they be full, free and equal members of society?”



Empowerment and Emancipation: Education through a Critical Lens

On Monday, June 29th 2020 Saolta hosted an online workshop taking a critical look at education from the perspective of Empowerment and Emancipation with regard to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Emeritus Professor, and previous director of AONTAS, Tom Inglis was the guest speaker for the evening and delivered an eye-opening and insightful talk on the nature of power in society and education and the relationship between empowerment and emancipation.

This workshop was hosted as part of a new national Development Education programme called Saolta funded by Irish Aid.

Development Perspectives · Empowerment and Emancipation: Education through a Critical Lens.
Development Perspectives · Changing The Narrative About Refugees


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Changing The Narrative About Refugees

“Many of the terms used regarding refugees in the media create fear. This is where we need to re-examine and use the real terms to represent the reality of refugees” - Razan Ibraheem.

On June 18th 2020 Development Perspectives invited Dr. Julie Norman, Teaching Fellow in Politics and International Relations at University College London and a regular contributor to BBC, Al Jazeera and others and Irish-Syrian journalist and activist Razan Ibraheem, to discuss the global perspective on refugee integration, some of the startling figures on displaced people and the importance of giving a clear and accurate representation of refugees and asylum seekers in the media.

This workshop was hosted as part of a new national Development Education programme called Saolta funded by Irish Aid and as part of a pan European programme called STIRE funded by the EU’s Asylum, Migration and Immigration Fund.

Development Perspectives · Changing The Narrative About Refugees


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Fake Vs Fact - Tools for Tackling Misinformation

The coronavirus pandemic has brought a surge in so-called "fake news" and "conspiracy theories". This webinar, hosted by Carmine Rodi Falanga, covered some of the latest stories, discussing how knowledge and the practice of old and new storytelling techniques can be effective tools against the spread of such narratives along with teaching valuable skills for navigating the media and information landscapes.

This podcast was developed as part of Saolta. Saolta is a Development Education strategic partnership programme for the Adult and Community Education sector in Ireland. Development Perspectives is the lead partner in the consortium, which also includes AONTAS, Concern Worldwide, Irish Rural Link and the Adult and Community Education Dept of Maynooth University.

Development Perspectives · Fake Vs Fact - Tools for Tackling Misinformation


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This project was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The content of this communication represents the views of the author only and do not necessarily represent or reflect DFAT policy.