Event Sept 29th: Food Stories at Bray Literary Festival 2019

Join us at the Bray Literary Festival 2019 in welcoming local direct provision residents to chat about food stories and food journeys, as well as sampling some food in the Harbour Bar.

When:             Sunday September 29th, 2019
Where:            The Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow
When:             12:00 – 13:00
Registration:  Email ciara@8020.ie to register (free event)

Food connects and brings people together. It is something that all of us, no matter where we’re from, can share in and enjoy. Join participatory-based artist Katie Ceekay, 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World and Fighting Words in welcoming local direct provision residents to chat about food stories and food journeys, as well as sampling some food in the Harbour Bar.

Curated in a group setting, participants tell the story of their journey through recipes, ingredients, flavours and memory. Developed as part of a new project the recipes, stories, and the experiences will be documented and collected together in a short publication.

For more information check out the Bray Literary Festival 2019 programme online.

Featured photo © Karin Janssen 2019

In partnership with



This event is developed as part of the Let’s Talk Project supported by


5th Anniversary of the entry into force of Istanbul Convention

August 1st marked the 5th anniversary of the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, known as the Istanbul Convention. Tony Daly, on behalf of 80:20, joined other members of Euromed Rights Network in reflecting on what this convention means for them.

“During a routine check-up as part of antenatal meetings with my partner, the last thing we expected our midwife to ask was whether we had booked tickets to catch the latest box office not-to-miss movie adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Tony Daly on the steps at home joined by Rosa. Photo: Ciara Regan

It was the week of Valentine’s Day in February 2014; that seasonal expression of love and affection on the annual calendar. And no, we had not booked tickets. After a hearty laugh about it, the race was on, our midwife explained…to the holiday roster. Any midwife worth their armchair forecasting knew what was coming – a VERY busy November. In an increasingly digital and digitally connected world, I couldn’t help but stop and wonder. What is this movie teaching – through emotional pain, humiliation and intimate partner violence – to today’s young women and men? Through popular culture, what is it suggesting or potentially normalising?

Four years on, and now joined by a young sister, my son sees and imitates everyone around him – most especially his cousins and grandparents. As social animals, children see, children do. And I wonder, what new role models will they grow to learn from and how many pop culture signals and norms will they be able to decode, unlearn and challenge for themselves?

As violence against girls and women is now broadcast regularly on Twitter, Facebook and in recent elections by candidates proving their ‘credentials’, it’s important to recognise the women who have encountered violence, in all its forms and through courage took personal risks to speak out, in spite of decades of distrustful state and social institutions that systematically failed generations of women. Last year over 19,000 contacts were made with Women’s Aid. At least 1 in 3 women worldwide, or up to one billion women, have been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in their lifetimes.

That Ireland ratified the Istanbul Convention on International Women’s Day in March this year is a triumph in perseverance and hope, and it gives me hope that Ireland finally signalled its ‘credentials’ as a small country to unlearn and relearn its role as a guarantor to this and future generations to prevent, protect against and combat gender-based violence in all its forms – physical, psychological and sexual.

By ratifying the Istanbul Convention, Ireland now stands in solidarity with women everywhere in stating that violence against women is no longer a ‘grey’ matter. That fantasy, is over”.

Additional links

Featured photo: © Council of Europe

Event July 10th: Calling all geographers – world hunger & junior cycle resource update

Geographers – we need your help! Join us for a 2-hour workshop reviewing the Living in the Hallow of Plenty activities and ‘hunger map’, produced in 2013 with AGTI members with a focus on hunger, poverty and waste.


  • Date: July 10, 2019
  • Time: 10am – 12
  • Event address: Concern Worldwide, 52–55 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2.

This curriculum development workshop is designed to support critical reflection on a resource produced for geography teachers Junior Cycle, set for launch in Sept 2019 and seeks to:

  • Explore different dimensions of world hunger today (definition, measurement, who’s at risk, causes and debates) based on the Global Hunger Index
  • Provide an annotated guide to readings and relevant online sources of information
  • Include a set of suggested activities for introducing and exploring the issue of hunger, food security as starter activities linked to the Sustainable Development Goals agenda (SDG 2 Zero Hunger).

Some key questions guiding the session:

  • How should hunger issues align with the updated Junior Cycle geography specification?
  • What areas are of most interest on issues of hunger, waste, extreme weather and climates, crop failure, consumption and what are the latest trends?
  • What tools and activities would support specification linking in an active and learner-centred approach?
  • Register interest, gain a CPD participation certificate and acknowledgement in the project by emailing tony@8020.ie or registering on Facebook and joining us on the day.

Access the 2013 project resources: www.developmenteducation.ie/resource/living-in-the-hollow-of-plenty-world-hunger-today-and-the-hunger-map and http://hungermap.developmenteducation.ie/

This teaching resource is being produced in conjunction with the Association of Geography Teachers in Ireland (AGTI), Concern Worldwide and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World.

The Change Lab 2019: What does it mean to create and shape art and design curriculum for the 21st century learner?

Exhibition: The exhibition is open to the public from Monday 8 April until Tuesday 16 April 2019 (closed on weekends). Details of exhibition, see NCAD Gallery.

Address: National College of Art & Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin, D08 K521, Ireland.

More info: twitter.com/NCAD_Gallery | instagram.com/ncad_gallery | facebook.com/NCADGallery   

80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World is delighted to take part in the Change Lab 2019 exhibition process in the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) with Fiona King and Tony Murphy of the School of Education, Anne Kelly, NCAD Gallery programme curator, Jones Irwin of Institute of Education, Dublin City University (DCU), educationalist and Development Options associate Gerry Jeffers, Deirdre Hogan of the Ubuntu Network and Tony Daly of 80:20.

The Change Lab is a critical space for learning, thinking and re-imagining the possibilities of how art and design curriculum in second level can be taught through a development education lens as explored by students taking professional masters of education (PME) in art and design as part of the Ubuntu Network’s initial teacher education approach to engage with local and global development issues.

This year’s group involved 17 students in 5 teams to conceive, research and produce original artwork on the theme:

What does it mean to create and shape art and design curriculum for the 21st century learner?

About the five projects

  • In search for a sense of place how do we trace the anatomy of a city back to its beating heart, how can we make connections that go beyond the physical? by Emma Byrne, Kate Cunningham and David Bowe
  • As custodians and educators, we want to encourage, cherish and respect lineage through intergenerational connections. By Robin Edward Leavy, Audrey Noonan and Briona Reynolds
  • In Convenience Store. At What Cost? By Maeve Hitchen, Rachel Foley and Gary Deegan
  • The Worst is yet to come!! Which raises the question, what is being done to preserve the future? By Pierce Healy, Louise Meehan, Kim Fulton and Leanne McCullagh.
  • The exploration of the human trace on the environment was the running theme throughout our work. The absence of the human figure was also evident which made us question the impact of our actions in the world by Ciarán Doyle, Catherine Hanlon, Lauren Sarsfield, and Aisling Flood.

The Change Lab 2019 is part of the first Dublin Learning City Festival which takes place from Monday 8 – Friday 12th April.  The aim of this festival is to establish sustainable intergenerational learning communities in the city and to work towards becoming a Learning City, as defined by UNESCO.

Loreto Bray and 80:20 launch ‘Use Your Art to End Gender Inequality’ poster series

Press release

March 8th, 2019

Thirty-six students from the Loreto Bray Peace and Justice group, in conjunction with human rights and human development education non-governmental organisation 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, are launching a poster art series on International Women’s Day 2019 on the themes of women’s rights and ‘on this day’ historical events.

A central idea to the posters will be shared at the launch event at 1.30pm at Bray Library in Bray, Co. Wicklow by the students and project team, which speaks in celebration to past achievements in the women’s rights movement and in protest when comparing them to similar and ongoing daily struggles experienced in the lives of women and girls in today’s world.

Actions, not words; four stealth bombers greater than or equal to the annual cost of ending maternal mortality?; the gender pay gap; education and ‘the girl effect’ – a sample of some of the most important issues for girls and women raised by the group in the poster work discussions and exercises.

In developing the Use Your Art to End Gender Inequality posters the Peace and Justice group marked the centenary year of suffrage activities and commemorations as reference points for young people, particularly girls, to learn about and be inspired to act on women’s rights (and wrongs); as a reminder of and a tribute to the power of posters historically in generating conversations and interest in women’s issues and as a mirror to highlight examples of gender discrimination and violence women face every day in public life, in the labour market and at home.


Contact details: Tony Daly, co-ordinator, 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, email: tony@8020.ie or call (01) 2860487

Notes to Editors:

Participants have been involved in a range of cluster group activities over the last 17 months, including:

  • Exploring (1) centenary of women’s franchise events and debates, (2) global trends and realities of violence encountered by women every day, including the #MeToo movement, (3) a series of key international standards such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with international development targets to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, and (4) selected case studies, such as the Rohingya crisis, through a gender lens.
  • Reviewing artwork from previous women’s rights poster campaigns over the last 100 years
  • Meeting the chair of the Vótáil 100 committee to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in Ireland, Senator Ivana Bacik, and visiting an exhibition on women’s suffrage in the Seanad ante-room
  • Hands-on poster art making workshops and action-research ideas
  • Forging links, making visits and sharing peer learning across an informal network amongst teachers and students in Bray.

Other notes:

  • Free copies of the A3 posters are available by request. Contact info@8020.ie
  • Research data and Use Your Art to End Gender Inequality education and poster project details are available at 8020.ie/use-your-art-gender-inequality
  • The Peace and Justice group in Loreto Secondary School Bray is a voluntary student-led group of mixed age range of students from 13-18 years old which raises awareness of justice issues both at home in Ireland and abroad. More info: loretobray.com/peace-and-justice
  • International Women’s Day is the annual international UN designated day to celebrate the historical, cultural and political achievements of women and to champion the advancement of women’s rights and gender equality.

About Let’s Talk

‘Let’s Talk’ is an education and action project which involves young people discussing, debating and taking action on issues of conflict, peace, reconciliation, climate change, sustainable development and justice in Ireland and beyond.

The project has been running for over 20 years, co-ordinated by 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, and is supported by Concern Worldwide.

Event: Launch of women’s rights poster series on International Women’s Day 8th March

Join us on International Women’s Day, 8th March 2019 in Bray Library to launch the #OnThisDay Women’s Rights Are Human Rights poster series co-produced with students in the Peace and Justice Group, Loreto Bray.

Produced as part of the Let’s Talk project in partnership with staff and students in the Peace and Justice Group in Loreto Bray.

Event: National Tutors’ Forum 2019: Transformation through learning

Adult education tutors!

Join us at the 2019 National Forum for Adult Literacy Tutors organisd by NALA, which will focus on the process of transformation from different perspectives – the learner and the tutor. It will look at how this transformation can be analyzed and supported and how it can bring positive change to both learners and tutors.

Tony Daly (80:20) and Helen Ryan (NALA) will be contributing to the Forum through workshops, Beyond the click: Challenging fake news in the learning environment, based on the educator’s toolkit.

Photo: a 2014 ad campaign run by the Government of Australia anti-immigration poster which was supposed to counter people smuggling. (this was poster was included in  #BeyondTheClick: an educator’s toolkit for exploring global digital citizenship).

Workshop 29 Aug 2018: Getting beyond the click – tackling fake news through human rights education

Event Location: IDEA Office, 6 Gardiner Row, Dublin 1.

Join us for Getting beyond the click – a workshop on tackling fake news through human rights education, Wednesday, 29 August 2018, 11.00am-1.00pm, in the IDEA Office.

The session will be led by Tony Daly, co-author of #BeyondTheClick: a teaching toolkit for global digital citizenship, and co-ordinator of 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World.

The 2-hour workshop will include:

  • Introducing #BeyondTheClick – highlights for educators from Development Education and human rights education perspectives
  • Testing subject-specific connections to issues such as i) sources of information; ii) what makes information reliable; iii) engaging in digital communities; iv) the internet as a marketplace of ideas and advertising, of ideas, interests and worldviews, and where we fit in
  • Practical hands-on learning scenarios with a focus on building strong digital communities for change
  • Linking to the Sustainable Development Goals, human rights education and agendas for activism
  • Applied curriculum linking, including to Politics and Society, junior cycle statements of learning, Brighter Outcomes, Brighter Futures and more.

Workshop participants will also avail of a free poster from the toolkit based on The 10 Elements of Global Digital Citizenship drawn out of the toolkit.

To register contact morina@ideaonline.ie or visit the IDEA website.

More information about #BeyondTheClick is available on the project page.

‘Does anyone know what happened in Australia on January 26th 1788?’

 ‘Does anyone know what happened in Australia on 26 January 1788?

What makes up Aboriginal identity when you don’t know who you are?

Should we be allowed to let people in? Whose responsibility is it?

What about when other people welcomed us when we needed somewhere to go after the great famine?’

30 students from Woodbrook College, Presentation College Bray and Loreto Secondary School Bray took part in a joint workshop at Loreto on November 16th, exploring Aboriginal affairs, migration and issues from an Australian context led by Dom Ofner of the Edmund Rice Centre, Sydney.

The students discussed a range of issues including:

  • The history of Aboriginal Australians
  • Identity, stereotyping and ‘othering’
  • Colonialism, intergenerational trauma and justice
  • Asylum seekers, Manus Island and the context of asylum seeker in direct provision in Ireland

The workshop was delivered as part of the Let’s Talk project in conjunction with the ERC, Sydney.

  • News report: Read the news report in the Bray People online, published on November 25th, 2017.
  • Photo credit: Dom Ofner on peace and justice in Australia (November 16th, 2017) by Tony Daly/80:20 Educating and Acting for Better World

The post-truth is out there. Join us at the Bray Literary Festival

We’re delighted to be taking part in the inaugural Bray Literary Festival 2017 in an event that’s free and open to all – drop in and join the conversation on the post-truth world (not just UK and United States of America…).

As an organisation based in Bray we’re particularly happy to be involved in the festival.

More info on event is below.

When: Sunday 24th September 2017

Time: 12.30-13.30

Place: Harbour Bar, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The post-truth is out there.

2016 was a year dominated by highly charged political and social circumstances. The Oxford dictionary declared “post-truth” as the Word of the Year.

Oxford Dictionaries President Casper Grathwohl tells us that it has been ‘fuelled by the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment, post-truth as a concept has been finding its linguistic footing for some time’.

What are the implications beyond the UK and the United States of America? Distorting the truth is not a new industry, particularly in contexts that involved power-grabs over democratic institutions and as a tool for suppressing facts over fiction in public relations exercises.

As the implications of business-as-usual approaches to affluent modern lifestyles are now seen in some of the richest and poorest countries, are linked to the rise of economic inequalities within and between countries and an irreversible changing climate system, these converging realities place new shocks to standards of dignity, a common humanity and happiness on an increasingly more unequal planet.

Are facts no longer sacred? Who is to blame? What does the post-truth world look like beyond the noise of social media bubbles and UK and US headlines? What can we do about it?

Tony Daly will be in conversation with environmental scientist Cara Augustenborg and child refugee rights campaigner Grace McManus. This event is brought to you by the team that produced 80-20 Development in an Unequal World, 7th edition – a primer on key international development, human rights and sustainability issues and ideas co-published by the New Internationalist, Oxford and 80:20 Educating and Acting for a Better World, Bray.

Photo credit: This is a pipe (2010) by Thomas Hawke, via Flickr (CC-BY-NC-2.0)