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Notes from Kampala: “No women!”

On the eve of International Women’s Day, I boarded a plane at Entebbe airport bound for my first stop in Doha. As I approached row 12, I noticed that someone else was sitting in my assigned seat. I politely asked the man whether he was in the right seat or

Notes from Burkina Faso: the lesson of true joy

By Patrick O’Grady Burkina Faso in West Africa was the destination for students and teachers who travelled on Self Help Africa’s annual schools’ study visit in the spring of 2013. Patrick O’Grady recalls his account of the week-long trip visiting youth groups, school-going counterparts, historical sites and a range of

Notes from Kampala: a thought for your Apples

I can’t find my iPod. I can’t find it anywhere. Did I put it somewhere safe and now can’t remember? Perhaps someone has ‘taken’ it?! I wake up in the middle of the night and search for it. It’s not there. I can’t find it. For days now my mind

Notes from Zejtun: go green and live more sustainably

By Rebecca Ferrante I am from a small country situated in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Malta, which is rich in history and unique ancient treasures. At St. Margaret College Girls Secondary School Zejtun, my favourite subjects are the science subjects. I have been interested in science ever since

Notes from Hong Kong: a stunning answer to the cynics

It is genuinely humbling to walk from the ferry terminal towards Admiralty to the epicentre of the Umbrella Movement’s occupation site in Hong Kong. Amidst the upmarket hotels, limousines, banks and giant billboards glorifying global overconsumption are literally thousands and thousands of posters, post-its and slogans demanding, in stark contrast,

Notes from Kampala: Reflections of a gendered walk

I was out walking the dog this morning. It was a particularly hot morning as the rains haven’t quite taken force. It was lovely and quiet with very few people around. Kampala is always quiet on weekend mornings. Snoopy is 15 years old, so for an Mzee (old man) of

1. Defining (and debating) development education

Public education ‘Cultures Colliding’ mural construction coordinated by 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World as part of the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Culture (2008). Photo: Dylan Creane In recent years there have been many attempts to agree ‘the definition’ of development education; an often counter-productive exercise as

”The clanging chimes of Doom”…Oh no, wait, that’s just Bono

Thirty years on and Geldof is back. Again. He’s back with Ultravox’s Midge Ure and they’re asking, “how can they know it’s Christmas time?”: surely a progression from wondering “do they know it’s Christmas time at all?”. Band Aid returned on our tellyboxes on Saturday night on X Factor, no

Doing Development Education: Ebola – resources and ideas

The past few weeks have witnessed an avalanche of discussion and debate on the 30th anniversary remake of Band Aid by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure with its emphasis on the Ebola crisis which threatens to become, according to Oxfam ‘the definitive humanitarian disaster of our generation’. In typical swashbuckling

Top 10 blogs on in 2014

The results are in for the most shared and read blogs on over the course of the last year. As expected, they present a wide snapshot of issues that readers were interested in most. Some readers may be surprised by the blogs that made it into the top 10