On Thursday 25 October, 16 students from the Transition Year programme at Wilson's travelled to the Irish Aid headquarters just off Harcourt Street in Dublin. The trip was part of the 10 week Development Education module with Mr Burke during which students examined a broad range of issues including the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals, Fairtrade, Children's Day, food security, global trade, and charity/government aid.
During the first half of the Irish Aid experience, students learned about the work that Irish Aid does and how funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs is spent. Irish Aid was established in 1974 and, since its inception, has developed a special relationship with 7 countries. The Prezi presentation included an interactive discussion around chronic and extreme hunger, aid as a percentage of GDP, and how Ireland has established realistic goals to increase our aid contribution.
During the second half of the visit, students were involved in a hands-on simulation of life in a village in Malawi (one of the 7 countries Irish Aid work closely with). Students were organised into families and each family started with a set amount of food which then fluctuated according to changing conditions read about by the organiser. Students thoroughly enjoyed this activity which, in a very memorable way, drove home the realities of famine, aid donations, seed choice and the influence of education on daily life and food supply.
The trip ended with a group photo with Michael, the activity coordinator. Mr Burke and the TY students would like to thank Michael and Tessa of Irish Aid for an extremely enjoyable trip.