80:20 book launch tour proves a hit

In January, IDEAS hosted a Scotland-wide tour to launch the new edition of seminal global citizenship education book 80:20, Development in an Unequal World by its authors Colm Regan and Tony Daly.

Conforti Institute in Coatbridge hosted the first event, a seminar on Tuesday, 17 January.

Over 20 teachers and community activists took the opportunity to listen and learn from Colm and Tony. It was an opportunity for participants to build knowledge, skills, confidence and motivation as they explore ways to create a fairer world for all.

One of the participants commented:

“One of the most interesting study days I have ever attended. Mind-blowing stuff!”

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The next day, in Edinburgh, Scotdec hosted a Sustainable Development Goals seminar with Colm titled Food is Power- exploring hunger in the world today. Attended by 25 teachers this was a thought-provoking session that stimulated much debate on the issue of food and hunger. Teachers also received a copy of the Action Aid resource ‘Just Eat It’.

On Saturday 21 January Colm and Tony did an event in Inverness at Millburn Academy as part of the tour. More than 40 teachers and Quality Improvement Officers attended an inspiring presentation by Colm about the state of the world today and the role of educators in bringing about positive change.

This was followed by primary and secondary workshops drilling down further into ideas of development and how to explore these issues in the classroom.

On Monday 23 January, Colm visited Dundee and spoke at an event organised by Dundee One World at Dundee University, focussed on Sustainable Development Goal 2: Eradicate World Hunger by 2030.

He told attendees that, because world hunger research doesn’t reach the public domain, there is little public action demanding change from governments.

He said that “Where teaching and learning becomes powerful we can begin to see a reconfiguring of the popular position and a growth of recognition that this is an issue that we are no longer willing to put up with.

“Research proves that if 15-20% of people support a movement then that is the tipping point. Therefore we need to think of 2030 as the goal to reach that tipping point.”

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The last date of the tour, Tuesday 24 January, saw Montgomery Development Education Centre partner up with Aberdeen Science Centre.

Aberdeen Science Centre hosted and catered for the event on their premises, and there were 32 people attending. Among these were representatives from the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen City Council Education Services, school teachers as well as pupils from two secondary schools.

One attendee expressed how valuable this event was and also encouraging for further action.

Bridge of Don Academy’s Modern Studies group tweeted the following:

“Excellent day at the 80-20 book launch today, lots of great ideas and interesting discussion!”