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Monday, 13th January 2020

Become a Sustainable Development Goal advocate

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The 2019 Development Perspectives Sustainable Development Goal Advocates.

The Drogheda based development NGO, Development Perspectives, is ­looking for adult educators, community leaders and global thinkers to take part in its 2020 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Advocate training programme.

The SDG Advocate training offers 26 active citizens an opportunity to become one of Ireland’s positive changemakers. The eight-month educational course will allow the advocates to deepen their understanding of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals, gain practical action-orientated experience and discover best practices in creating social change in both Ireland and Vietnam/Tanzania.

The chosen participants will travel to Vietnam or Tanzania for 2 weeks during summer 2020. The work/study visit affords an invaluable chance to experience first-hand perspectives and challenges that people face in a different global context.

“The SDG Advocate training offers an exciting, challenging and rewarding experience to the right candidates” said Bobby McCormack, Co-founder and Director of Development Perspectives. “The ultimate message is that irrespective of where you live, you can affect global change, through local actions.

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“By bringing people together from very different living contexts, it provides an opportunity to understand each other’s perspective and strive for a more balanced and just world.

“Local and global communities need active citizens who are willing to contribute to a fairer, more just and sustainable world and taking part in the SDG Advocate training is one way of playing your part.”

The SDG training is part of a wider programme called ‘Saolta’, a new Development Education strategic partnership programme for the Adult and Community Education sector in Ireland. 

Saolta, an Irish word that means ‘Worldly Wise’, will explore a variety of global issues with stakeholders from the Adult and Community Education sector along with encouraging action across Irish society. Issues such as poverty, inequality and climate change will feature strongly as areas of exploration.

The consortium, supported by Irish Aid consists of Development Perspectives, AONTAS, Concern Worldwide, Irish Rural Link and the Adult and Community Education Dept of Maynooth University.

Do you have what it takes to be one of this year’s Sustainable Development Goal Advocates? You can apply on the closing date for applications is Tuesday, February 25th.

“Be a global citizen. Act with passion and compassion. Help us make this world safer and more sustainable today and for the generations that will follow us. That is our moral responsibility.” - Ban Ki-Moon

About Development Perspectives

Development Perspectives is a Development Education NGO and registered charity (No. 18555) based in Drogheda, County Louth whose mission is to contribute to lessening poverty, inequality and climate change through transformative education and active global citizenship. Since 2006, Development Perspectives has grown to become a successful leading education NGO in Ireland. Our work explores, examines and acts upon a range of issues and challenges that face our world. In Ireland, we have worked with include Trócaire, Concern Worldwide, The Guardian Newspaper and Irish Aid. Internationally some of the groups we have worked with include Uvikiuta Tanzania, The Melton Foundation, Civicus and the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies.

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