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This section of the GDE project website outlines details of events held in the College by the Global Dimension in Education Steering Group. Events such as training days, conferences, seminars, speakers, and many more are planned throughout the duration of the project.

The links to the left provide the titles of the events, click on each of them to read the summary details and to view some photographs.

Below are some additional items of interest relating to the Global Dimension in Education Project.

St Mary’s staff member in Zambia


Dr Gerard McCann from the Global Dimension in Education Project was recently on a partnership and linking visit to Zambia to enhance the relationships which have been built up by St Mary’s College with various academic departments, community initiatives and NGOs in Zambia. While there he was working with Mr Chrispin Matenga, the Head of Development Studies at the University of Zambia, and Mrs Angela Miyanda, the Director of Angels in Development (AID). While in Lusaka principally to encourage academic partnership and educational linkage, Dr McCann was also able to address school pupils in St Catherine's Community School, Misisi Compound, Lusaka, meet with various business leaders and assist in the fieldwork of the Lusaka based charity Project Zambia. Along with Project Zambia's Dr Aidan Donaldson he met with the French Ambassador to Zambia, Mme Françoise Le Bihan and assisted in the discussions regarding private sector involvement in development initiatives.  



Dr Gerard McCann (Academic Manager of the Global Dimension in Education Project) with Mr Peter Tembo (Director of St Catherine's Community, Misisi Compound)

on a site visit to the Zambian-Zimbabwean border.

Launch of Global Dimension reference guide


A new reference guide entitled "The Global Dimension in Initial Teacher Education" was launched in St Mary’s University College on Thursday 26th June 2008.  Staff and students from the College were joined by key stakeholders and many of the organisations who have been involved with the DFID funded Global Dimension in Education Project from the outset. The launch provided opportunities to reflect on the relevance of the global dimension and how best to integrate it into the study programmes of student teachers.

The Global Dimension guide has been created to assist those involved in embedding global dimension concepts into teacher education programmes. It features various aspects of the Project including college-wide activities, local and global links, development of undergraduate and postgraduate level courses and the certification process. It shares the College's experience of how to incorporate values and attitudes related to social justice, diversity, interdependence, global citizenship, sustainable development and conflict resolution into teaching and learning in the classroom. The event also showcased research findings from an evaluation of the impact of the Global Dimension Project on St Mary’s students and examines attitudes, knowledge and interest in the global dimension for children at various key stages in schools.

Angela Miyanda, Director of Angels in Development and former Deputy First Lady of Zambia, presented the Chengelo award to Declan Byrne for his significant contribution to international solidarity through his work in the College. See below for further details.



Bronagh Crummey-Bryan from The Cultural Exchange and Róisín Shannon from St Mary’s looking at a display board about the Global Dimension Project’s Local and Global Links

Former Deputy First Lady of Zambia Angela Miyanda visits


Angela Miyanda visited St Mary’s as part of the Global Dimension Project’s international exchange programme at the end of June. She is currently Director of Angels in Development, a home for children (many of whom have been orphaned by AIDS) in Kabwata near Lusaka, Zambia.  Angela and her team provide a home, medical support and education for up to 90 vulnerable children. She is also a key partner in the development of Old Kabweza Village in the bush outside Lusaka.  This project includes building borehole water systems, school rooms, and support to teachers, accommodation and medical facilities for the children and local community.  St Mary’s has had links with her work since 2005 and a number of staff and students have made educational visits there and have taken part in fundraising activities locally. During her visit, Angela’s inspirations talks provided valuable insights into the situation for many Zambian children and encouraged further involvement in the work there.

In addition to her involvement in the Chengelo Award mentioned below, Angela visited various development NGOs and was hosted at Stormont by Carmel Hanna, Chair of the International Development Committee. She also worked closely with the Project Zambia Charity in Belfast.



Stella Murray, Global Dimension Coordinator, and Angela Miyanda, Angels in Development Director with Carmel Hanna, Chair of the International Development Committee during a visit to Stormont

PGCE Global Dimension in Education Certification


The end of year celebration for the PGCE course took place on Thursday 5th June. In addition to Certificates in Bilingual Education and Religious Education Certificates, 13 PGCE students received a Global Dimension in Education Certificate. The aim of the Global Dimension Certificate is to develop and assess students’ knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes in relation to the main Global Dimension concepts. These include Global & Local Citizenship, Peace & Conflict Resolution, Diversity, Human Rights & Social Responsibility, Interdependence, Equality & Social Justice, Sustainable Development, Values & Perceptions and Poverty Reduction. In doing so, students are encouraged to take responsibility for bringing the Global Dimension into their current and future teaching practice. This is done through the completion of a portfolio of evidence demonstrating that they can appropriately address the key concepts in their teaching. The certification process includes use of the Global Dimension Resource Office, accessing of information on lesson plans and schemes of work at the Global Dimension section of the St Mary’s website, consultation with staff, and final portfolio evaluation.

Pre-departure workshop


A ‘pre-departure’ workshop organised by the Global Dimension Project took place on 5th March, 2008 at St Mary’s University College. Seamus Farrell, an expert in Conflict Resolution with 25 years' experience in overseas development work facilitated. Seamus has been very active in the development of conflict resolution skills training programmes for schools in Northern Ireland; he has also been involved in ‘Initial Preparation and In-service Professional Development Training’ for overseas development workers – including courses in Mediation and Conflict Transformation. Participants at the workshop included Project Zambia volunteers travelling to Zambia in July, as well as a teacher and pupils from St Mary’s Christian Brothers Grammar School travelling to Zambia in the next few weeks. St Mary’s staff members taking part in international field visits also took part. Activities and discussions were designed to raise awareness about development work and to encourage reflection on cultural differences and expectations.  

Work Based Learning in the Global Dimension Office


St Mary’s student Donnchadh Murphy began a work based learning placement on Monday, 3rd March in the Global Dimension Project office. Donnchadh is in his final year of a B.A. in Liberal Arts, majoring in English. This placement is an integral part of the degree programme providing students the opportunity to engage actively in an employment context to relate their academic studies to the work environment. During his three-week placement, he will be working with the Global Dimension team on a variety of projects and taking part in Global Dimension activities. Work will include updating a database of resource materials and the creation of information packs for students encouraging online research. He will also be contributing to discussions on ways to promote Global Dimension activities within the College.

Chengelo Award 2007 presented to St Mary’s graduate


Sean Mullan, a graduate of St Mary’s University College, was presented with The Chengelo Award on Monday 3rd December, 2007 for outstanding contribution to International Solidarity through the Global Dimension in Education. The Chengelo Award is supported by the Department for International Development. The word ‘Chengelo’ means ‘Light’ in Bemba, one of the regional languages of Zambia. The title was chosen by the children of Kabweza Orphanage which has links with the College. The award symbolises the key values of solidarity, empathy and respect for our shared humanity. During his time in St Mary’s, Sean played an important role in raising awareness of international development issues. He was elected Global Dimension Officer in the Students’ Union and organised a range of activities for staff and students throughout his final year. He helped establish the College’s Global Group, made up of students who were involved in taking action on issues such as climate change and poverty. He was involved in setting up the College’s Fairtrade campaign and recycling initiative and contributed much to the College’s activities during Human Rights Week. Along with fellow students, Sean organised a resource fair for student teachers to help them incorporate global issues into their teaching during school experience.

Global Dimension Guest Speaker: Professor Marina Sitrin


Writer, teacher, student, dreamer and self-described militant, Marina Sitrin gave a talk for students and staff on 11th  October 2007, supported by the Global Dimension Project at St Mary’s. Having participated in numerous anti-capitalist and visionary movements and groups, she led an interesting discussion on her latest activities and publications. She is the author of Horizontalism: Voices of Popular Power in Argentina (AK Press, 2006) and is currently working on a new book, Insurgent Democracies: Latin America’s New Powers (Citylights Press, 2008). She is a Professor at the New College of San Francisco in the Activism and Social Change Program.

Global Dimension Project Staff


The success of the Global Dimension Project within St Mary’s and its links outside the College has seen an expansion of the Global Dimension Team.  Three new appointments have joined Stella Murray, the Global Dimension Coordinator since September 2007.

A new part-time Project Administrator, Emily Park will maintain the newly refurbished Global Dimension Resource Room,  liaise with partner organisations, update the Global Dimension web pages and assist with events and conferences, as well as other administrative duties.  Emily spent many years teaching and working overseas as a language teacher and also worked in Harare, Zimbabwe with the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

In order to support certification in the Global Dimension, uniquely on offer to St Mary’s students, an On-line Course Organiser, Róisín Shannon has been appointed for a 6 month period to create a course through LearningNI, the web portal for all schools in Northern Ireland.  The course will bring together information and allow easy access to resources within St Mary’s and externally, needed to successfully attain certification. Róisín has worked in international development for several years, returning recently from a year in Sudan where she worked with Irish humanitarian agency GOAL and the Danish Refugee Council.

Ian McCutcheon has also been appointed as Project Research Assistant for a 6 month period.  Ian completed his Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queen’s in 2006, and has been involved in development work through Project Zambia of which he is currently Chair.  His research will evaluate the impact of the Global Dimension Project on St Mary’s students and staff and lead to recommendations for further actions within the College to ensure St Mary’s graduates are fully prepared to incorporate a Global Dimension into their teaching. Ian is also completing research carried out in the first year of the Project which examines knowledge, attitudes and interest in the 8 concepts of the Global Dimension at Key Stage 2 and 4