Dominics_crest   Location: Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland

Teacher: Mr. Keith O’Brien

Student group:  Transition Year  (age 15-16 years)

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St Dominic’s is an all-girls school in the heart of Ballyfermot. We have over 350 students within the school. We in St. Dominic’s are committed to providing a Christian education inspired by the Dominican motto “truth” which fosters the development of the whole person.

1) What does  the term “Global Citizenship” mean to you?

 The students:

Everyone in the world is part of it. As a global citizen we should work for peace, to stop poverty, look after the earth, work for justice and make the world a better place.

 Mr. O’Brien:

It means we are all part of the wider world and not in isolation. It is our duty as citizens of the world to fight for the rights of others in counties that maybe don’t have the same rights as us. We should be working for justice and peace on a global level. As John Donne said “No man is an island”.

2) Why do you think it’s important for young people in Ireland to engage in an exchange programme like this?

The students:

To learn about other cultures, lifestyles and beliefs. Its important to know about young people and our rights and what problems other young people face.

 Mr. O’Brien:

It’s important that young people realise there is a bigger world outside and that they are important in that bigger world and can make a difference.

3) What would you say directly to the young people in our schools network?

 The students:

Lets all look at the world in a new way and work together to make a difference

 Mr. O’Brien:

Get involved, be open-minded, have fun, make a difference.


Progress Report 1



Step 1: Baseline Knowledge

1. How do you define each of the 6 key themes above?

Globalisation  The whole of the world and how everything is connected

Development  How we change and grow

Inequality  Things are not equal

Injustice  When someone or something is not fair

Power  It’s what people in charge have and they use it for good and bad

Conflict  Fighting and disagreement


2. Can you give examples of how they are reflected in local issues (in your community and in your country) ?

Globalisation  Environmental issues, fair trade, factories closing down, Thornton’s recycling

Development  Better roads, infrastructure need better places for young people, better places for travellers to live

Inequality  Rich and poor, banks, old age people

Injustice  How some people are treated by the police and government, poverty, homeless people

Power  Government, church, big companies, banks

Conflict  Northern Ireland, drug gangs, IRA, class members, families fighting.


3. Can you give examples of how they are reflected in global issues ?

Globalisation  AIDS, street kids, environment, UN, EU, world getting smaller, TV

Development  Poverty, hunger, aids, no water or schools, no money, rich don’t share

Inequality  People starving on less then a dollar a day, rich get rich power stay poor

Injustice  People can afford medication, kids being killed, no facilities, death penalty

Power  USA, UN, China, Syria, Russia, EU

Conflict  Syria, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, Africa


Step 2: Researching it further

We have watched all of the videos and looked at the map with the number of people that are poor.

What we have found interesting is the standard of living in other countries is much lower then in Ireland.

We like looking at the work of NGOs and how they go about their business. We felt neutrality is the most important aspect of the NGOs work.

Questions that came up were:

Why do we let bad things happen?

How can over 1 billion people be living in absolute poverty?

How can people not have clean water?

Child trafficking is an issue that has caught our attention when talking about power. Over 27% of people trafficked are children. Question arose about children’s rights and a good debate was had on the difference between child labour and trafficking.


Progress Report 2