Be seeing you at Bray Literary Festival 2022

We are excited to be returning to the Bray Literary Festival, and hope to see you there!

Session: Writers Responding to Crises

  • Date: Sunday 2nd October
  • Time: 11.00am at Bray Library

Join writers Maria McManus and Rosemary Hennigan with Tony Daly from 80:20 as they discusses how writers can respond to crises in an ever-changing political landscape.

Maria is a poet. Her most recent collection is Available Light, (Arlen House). Librettos include Wretches, Ellipses and Tierra Sallada. Dance & film collaborations are BIND, EPILOGUE, DUST and TURF. Essays are published in Impermanence (Centre Culturel Irlandais/ No Alibis), The New Frontier (New Island) and The Irish Times. She founded Quotidian – Word on the Street; it includes Poetry Jukebox.

Rosemary Hennigan published her debut novel, ‘The Truth Will Out’, in March 2022. She has been shortlisted for the Benedict Kiely Short Story Competition, longlisted for the Colm Tóibín Short Story Competition, and was highly commended in the Sean O’Faolain Short Story Prize. She is a qualified solicitor who has worked in the NGO sector and is also a Fulbright Scholar.

Photo: Johnny McMillan

Where There is No Engineer – Designing for community resilience

The National Finals of the “Where There Is No Engineer” Design Competition will take place in the Museum Building in Trinity College Dublin on Saturday the 4th of June 2022. Interested individuals can register to attend the event via Eventbrite.

Where There Is No Engineer” (WTINE) is coordinated by Engineers without Borders Ireland and the Development Technology in the Community (DTC) Research Group in TU Dublin. Now in its eighth year, this development education initiative provides participants with the opportunity to learn about design, teamwork and communication through real, inspiring, sustainable and cross-cultural development projects. By participating in the programme, students and professionals have the opportunity to design creative solutions to real life development challenges. The competition is jointly funded by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Bentley Systems and the Arup Trust.

Architecture, product design and engineering students from universities in Dublin, Cork, Carlow, Waterford, Galway and Belfast have taken part in the WTINE competition this year. Students had the opportunity to design a development solution for either the location of Kabwe, Zambia or Kameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India in collaboration with EWB Ireland’s development partners Zamda Ireland and Friend In Need India Trust (FIN). The collaboration with FIN focused on improving the design and user experience of ecosan toilets and the development of a Green Academy incorporating circular economy principles for architecture students.

Participants were encouraged to develop designs and schemes to improve community resilience under six core development themes; Self-Supply Water & Sanitation, Food Security, Community Participatory Health, On & Off Grid Energy Systems, Climate Resilient Infrastructure and Communications.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, over 600 students from 9 universities participated in the WTINE programme. Thirteen projects have been chosen to participate in the National Finals, with the creation of a new category for First Year students. Students from TCD, TU Dublin, NCAD, NUIG, SETU (formerly Waterford IT) and MTU will all take part in the Finals on Saturday 4th, with students joining both remotely and in person.

Students have designed creative solutions ranging from eco and sustainable solar stoves, to micro greens as a means to increase food security, to novel and improved design of ecosan toilets amongst other innovations.

Teams and student finalists will present their innovations and schemes to a panel of judges drawn from Engineers without Borders Ireland, Irish Aid’s Development Education Unit and EWB partners 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World and Friend In Need India Trust. Lecturers, fellow students and members of the public will also attend the event on the day.

  • Note: “Where There is No Engineer” is funded by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Irish Aid is the Government’s overseas development programme which supports partners working in some of the world’s poorest countries. Irish Aid also supports global citizenship education in Ireland to encourage learning and public engagement with global issues.

Press release: Supporting adults to think critically, check facts and tackle misinformation

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World launch Facts Matter: A Guide to Building Critical Media Literacy in Today’s World, Ireland’s first guide for adult literacy tutors on building critical media literacy for adults, supported in its development by Irish Aid.

Launched as part of the UN International Day for Universal Access to Information, access to reliable information is a right, not a privilege. It is an essential part of holding governments and public bodes accountable for their decisions and actions on health issues, climate change and more, particularly during an era where we are bombarded everyday by information, a lot of which is false or misleading – this is often called an ‘infodemic’.

This an introductory guide for adult literacy and adult education practitioners who wish to build their students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence in critical thinking, media and digital literacy. It consists of 10 session outlines along with handouts and worksheets and lists of resources.

Colleen Dube, Chief Executive Officer, NALA commented: “There is so much information available at our fingertips right now, a lot of which is false or misleading. We require skills to work out if what we are reading or hearing is true or false. This means taking the time to find reliable and accurate information, question the role of information and look at what can I do.  Today we are delighted to launch the Facts Matter tutor guide with our partners 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World. This guide will support adult literacy and adult education practitioners to support students to enhance their critical thinking, media and digital citizenship skills.”

Tony Daly, Co-ordinator of 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, said: “Media literacy is not confined to ‘reading’ the news; it is also about practice and producing your own responses. We must keep questioning and remember to stop, think and check before we believe or share. We know facts and truth matter if we want to build a better society and a better world.  The Facts Matter tutor guide will support adult literacy tutors to explore what it means to live in an increasingly unequal world and to invite students to question and challenge this.”

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Notes to Editors

About NALA: www.nala.ie

The National Adult Literacy Agency is an independent charity committed to making sure people with unmet literacy, numeracy and digital literacy needs can fully take part in society and have access to literacy learning opportunities that meet their needs. NALA promotes media literacy

About 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World:

80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World is a non-governmental organisation that promotes popular education on human development and human rights through education & action projects, research and partnership work. 80:20 believes in using education to enable people to change their world for the better.

  • NALA and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World are members of Media Literacy Ireland, an independent association of members committed to promotion of media literacy across Ireland.

www.medialiteracyireland.ie

Launch event 28 Sept: Facts Matter – New tutor guide

We are bombarded everyday by information, a lot of which is false or misleading – this is often called an ‘infodemic’.

We require skills to work out if what we are reading or hearing is true or false. This means taking the time to find reliable and accurate information, question it and ask yourself ‘what can I do?’

On Tuesday 28 September at 1pm, 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World is delighted to launch a new tutor guide, Facts Matter: A Guide to Building Critical Media Literacy in Today’s World at this webinar, with our partners The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA).

Join Helen Ryan from NALA and Tony Daly from 80:20 to hear about developing the guide and also hear from:

  • Catherine Devlin, Adult Literacy Ambassador, talking about why facts matter
  • Órla Ryan from TheJournal.ie, talking about how we can fight back against misinformation
  • Joan Fitzpatrick, Adult Literacy practitioner from Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board, talking about teaching and facilitating learning on media literacy
Register for the launch event, taking place online via Zoom

‘Facts Matter’ is an introductory guide for adult literacy and adult education practitioners who wish to build their students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence in critical thinking, media and digital literacy.

Once you register at the link you will then receive an email from Zoom with a link to join the 1-hour webinar on 28th September 2021.

For more, visit https://8020.ie/facts-matter/

  • The production of Facts Matter has been supported by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

Call for participants: Perinatal Mental Health Care for Migrant Women

The Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick in partnership with 80:20 Educating for a Better World, are undertaking a research project in the area of perinatal mental health care for migrant women. The research project aims to increase our understanding of how we can collectively support migrant women experiencing perinatal mental health issues.

Women are at risk of developing an acute onset, relapse or re-occurrence of a wide range of mental health conditions, during the perinatal mental health period (during pregnancy and in the year after birth). The evidence highlights that migrant women are a particularly vulnerable group that face greater mental health needs during the perinatal period (during and after pregnancy) and experience a range of challenges, which may prevent them accessing perinatal mental health supports.

Call for expressions of interest!

We are seeking expressions of interest to participate in an online (zoom) World Café event, which will last approximately 2.5 hours. World cafés are informal opportunities that encourage conversations, sharing of ideas and networking opportunities. We invite you to share your experiences, perspectives and opinions on perinatal mental health care for migrant women. Our aim is to contribute to improving how we support migrant women experiencing perinatal mental health problems.

You are welcome to join any one of the three sessions taking place at 2pm on:

  • Friday 13th August
  • Friday 3rd September
  • Wednesday 15th September

If you can think of anyone who might be interested in making their voice heard on these matters, we would be very grateful if our call for participants could be passed onto them. We would also be grateful if you could place our attached flyer on your notice/information board (if appropriate). If you are interested in participating, please register by emailing kathleen.markey@ul.ie or claire.odonnell@ul.ie.

This research project is supported by the Research Council of Ireland.

80:20 joins The People’s Vaccine Alliance Ireland

“The fairest and most effective way to end this pandemic is to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments. But pharmaceutical company monopolies could leave countries in the global south waiting until 2023 for widespread vaccination. This leaves us all in danger from new variants which may make current vaccines ineffective.”

Last month on the 8th July, 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World joined the launch of The People’s Vaccine Alliance Ireland.

The campaign is based on four immediate realities in 2021:

  1. The science is clear: The fairest and most effective way to end this pandemic is to ensure that everyone, everywhere has access to COVID-19 vaccines.
  2. Global access to COVID-19 vaccines is also in our self-interest as ongoing outbreaks anywhere mean greater risk of new variants developing against which our vaccines may not be effective.
  3. There simply is no way to defeat COVID-19 in Ireland without united action worldwide. But pharmaceutical company monopolies could leave countries in the global south waiting until 2023 for widespread vaccination and this is where we would ask for your support.
  4. In order to produce sufficient vaccines for everyone globally, we need to greatly increase manufacturing capacity and all suitably qualified vaccine manufacturers must be permitted to produce vaccines free from patents and pharmaceutical companies must agree to share their know-how. We need a People’s Vaccine.

As a member of the Alliance and as a development and human rights education NGO, 80:20 will continue to challenge the fault lines of inequalities amplified under a global pandemic through our education and action work.

For more, check out the The People’s Vaccine Alliance Ireland. campaign pages and the Covid-19 Dashboard on developmenteducation.ie

If interested in following up with us, drop us a line.

Webinar 29 Sept: The Economics of Care work in a Capitalist Economy

Why is the very labour that is at the heart of our economy underpaid and what are the solutions?

Speakers on the interactive open session include:

Ursula Barry is an Associate Professor at School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin, specialising in gender, equality, the care economy and public policy. See www.ucd.ie/research/people/socialpolicysocialworksocialjustice/msursulabarry/

Aoife Smith, The Great Care Co-op. The GCC are a team of mostly migrant women who came together to change how care is being provided using a human rights and equality approach. Focusing on better care for cares and those who are being cared for. They are a not for profit carer run and owned cooperative organisation who invest profit back into the organisation, improving carers jobs by investing on training and contributing to pensions. See: https://www.thegreatcarecoop.ie/

REGISTER via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsf-2urTMoGddc1C1t9ezOD7hrtOd-Gym8

TIME: 19.30 – 20:15

DATE: 29 September 2020

An open discussion and event brought to you by Common Ground Bray, Dublin Food Co-op and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World.

 

  • This event is part of a series of public webinars on financial justice issues which builds on the EU-wide initiative Citizens for Financial Justice co-financed by the European Union and Irish Aid.

Launch event 31 Aug: Catch Them If You Can – new report

Can you tell the difference between legal, illicit and illegal finance?

Join us for an afternoon talk on the challenges of achieving financial justice, the facts on aid vs actual financial flows to rich countries and a take on all of this from journalist Bertrand Borg and legendary political cartoonist Brick, aka John Stuart Clark.

with
Bertrand Borg, Online Editor of Times of Malta
Brick’ aka John Stuart Clark, political cartoonist
and Colm Regan and Tony Daly, 80:20

This 35 minute session will also launch the new research briefing, Catch Them If You Can by human rights educators Tony Daly and Colm Regan of 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, which illustrates the scale of radical inequalities between the global north and global south and the inside story on tracking down the evidence, the actors and organisations.

Time: 4.30PM – 5:05PM, Dublin time

Register today via Zoom [follow this link]