The Ubuntu Network was established in 2006 to support the integration of Development Education (DE) into post primary Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in Ireland. It is made up of teacher educators from Higher Education Institutions, NGO representatives and partner organisations with a commitment to education for social justice, equality and sustainability.
Network Strategic Priorities:
The Network has 6 strategic priority areas that collectively enhance Development Education provision in Initial Teacher Education.
The Management Committee is responsible for governance of the Network. The Ubuntu Assembly is a forum through which teacher educators share insights and experiences of Development Education conducted in their institutions and discuss a range of topics including strategies, methodologies, resources, lessons learned, research as well as the work of the Network. It also facilitates working groups that address strategic priorities e.g. specific capacity building needs or curriculum/policy advocacy work. Associate members receive updates on the work of the Network via the e-newsletter.
Through Development Education, the Ubuntu Network contributes to building a world based on respect for human dignity and rights and is informed by values of justice, equality, inclusion, sustainability and social responsibility.
The Ubuntu Network will support teacher educators to embed into their work a living understanding of and commitment to education for global citizenship, sustainable development and social justice, so that student-teachers at post-primary level can integrate into their teaching, and into the schools where they work, perspectives that encourage active engagement to build a more just world.