WorldWise Global Schools
Roscommon Community College is part of the Irish Aid WorldWise Global School (WWGS) Programme. This programme helps us to engage in Development Education issues as part of school activity. Through this, we hope to help contribute in the longer term to increased knowledge and understanding of global justice issues and increased engagement and action as active global citizens. Each year our school choose different themes to focus on. As part of this, Transition Year students study Development Education. At RCC we believe Development Education is an exciting and effective way to equip students with critical thinking skills and instil personal values such as empathy and solidarity, in order to help them contribute to creating a more just and equal world. In addition each year group are given the opportunity to become involved in various activities throughout the year on Development Education as part of our project (e.g. art competitions on Development Education topics, creative writing workshops, drama workshops etc). Below are a selection of images of work completed on our project to date this year.
Trip to Irish Aid Centre
On Monday 28th November Transition Year students enjoyed a trip to Dublin to the Irish Aid Centre, as part of their Development Education module. This trip has become an annual outing for students in the school as it links in with our ‘WorldWise’ project. The Irish Aid Centre afforded us the opportunity to develop our understanding of the Global Development Goals and to experience how life is very different for people living in developing countries. First, the students watched a short film about a girl called Memory who lives in the small village of Khulangari, in Africa. The film detailed a typical day in her life and the many tasks that she has to carry out. In the second part of the workshop the students were actively engaged in some group work. As the task developed they were faced with various scenarios that showed them how one factor, such as very low rainfall, can cause a family to go from having a lot of food and resources to having very little quite quickly. The students are now looking forward to studying more topics such as Food Security, Gender Inequality and Climate Change through their Development Education module in Transition Year.
Worldwise Development Education Art Competition
First Year students were asked to design an A3 poster on the theme of Equality, Inclusion or Human Rights. There were a large number of posters entered in various languages and these will be displayed throughout the school. Winners to be announced shortly! More Worldwise competitions to follow throughout the year on this topic!
WorldWise visit partner school in Vietnam
In October 2015 Ms. Connelly, Ms. Nestor and Ms. Carroll travelled to Vietnam to visit Xuan Dinh High School in Han Oi, a school which Roscommon Community College has worked in partnership with for the last number of years. Previously students from Roscommon Community College got an opportunity to visit Xuan Dinh High School and Xuan Dinh teachers visited our school and it is hoped a similar project will take place in the near future.
Global School Partnerships are ‘relationships between schools in Ireland and their counterparts in the Global South that are based on joint learning, equity and respect’. The project raises awareness and understanding of identity, diversity and interdependence. Through engaging in this project students are encouraged to challenge their assumptions about other countries and people and to engage with different ways of seeing the world.
During their stay in Hanoi, Ms. Connelly, Ms. Nestor and Ms. Carroll worked with the teachers in the school to develop ways our students could communicate with students in Xuan Dinh High School and also discussed joint projects that students could work on. One aim of WorldWise Global Schools is to contribute to increased knowledge and understanding of global justice issues and to increase engagement and action by students as active global citizens. Through students communicating regularly on various projects this would be achieved. Teachers also discussed the possibility of students travelling from Roscommon Community College to Xuan Dinh High School in the future to experience the Vietnamese way of life and learn about development education issues in Vietnam.
Over the course of the midterm our teachers were warmly welcomed into various classes in Xuan Dinh High School and got an opportunity to witness Vietnamese traditional music, song and dance, performed by Xuan Dinh students. Our teachers also taught Xuan Dinh students about our school life and about our culture, which differs greatly from the Vietnam system and the Vietnamese culture. By the end of the exchange, some Vietnamese students could dance the siege of Ennis and play the tin whistle better than some of us who have lived in Ireland all our lives! We look forward to continuing working with staff and students at Xuan Dinh High School.
Ms. Carroll, Ms. Nestor and Ms. Connelly pictured with students from Xuan Dinh High School, Vietnam in October 2015
WordWise Art Competition
2nd March 2017
Congratulations to Fernanda Ribas Madruga De Vargus, winner of a Worldwise Art competition, held for all first year students in our school recently. As part of the competition, students were asked to design an A3 poster on the theme of equality or human rights, some of the themes of our Worldwise development education project this year. Fernanda produced a beautiful creative piece of artwork which will be displayed at the WorldWise end of year conference for schools later in the school year. Well done Fernanda!