Free Training of Trainers

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Apply today to take part in the Saolta Training of Trainers!

 The Training of Trainers will offer Adult and Community Education practitioners across Ireland an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Development Education in Ireland, to develop an idea on how (and why!) to implement it in their daily practice, and to explore pathways to lead transformative change in Ireland.

The mission of Development Perspectives is to contribute to lessening poverty, inequality and climate change through transformative education and active global citizenship. The Saolta Training of Trainers helps us achieve this mission. The focus is on poverty, human rights, trade, globalisation, conflict, sustainability, systems thinking, social change and aid. We will engage participants in an experiential learning journey that aims to challenge views, opinions, knowledge and awareness of the world around us.

This training will involve three day-long workshops. It will be an exciting opportunity for you, or for your employees, to expand their knowledge and awareness, and to become multiplicators, for sustainable development and transformative change!


Why take part?


  • You will – Acquire essential knowledge and skills related to Development
  • You will – Gain practical experience with Development Education in your own facilitation practice, and discover best practices in creating social change.
  • You will – Receive a toolkit which will be the foundation for implementing Development Education in your own
  • You will – Enhance and strengthen the skills, instincts, and abilities that will advance your professional



  • You will – Build your network and learn key engagement strategies to drive community
  • You will – Receive a certificate as a recognition of your own professional development.
  • You can – Get reimbursed for any expenses for travelling to and from the



Training Outline:


Session 1 – Fri, 24/04/20 : 10am – 5pm (Blackstairs Ecotrails, Carlow):


The first session will give an introduction to Development Education in Ireland, how it has emerged, what it entails and why it is relevant – particularly in the context of Adult and Community Education.


Session 2 – Fri, 15/05/20 : 10am – 5pm (Blackstairs Ecotrails, Carlow):


In Session 2, the participants will engage more with tools they can use for implementing Development Education in their practice: activities, resources, methods, reflections. This will also include an exploration of what’s already there – e.g. practitioners’ experiences, activities used in your own work, and theories related to Development Education in the context of Adult and Community Education. Session 2 will also give you an opportunity to hear more from experts working in the sector and explore options for integration in your own practice.




Between Session 1 and 2, the participants will be invited to try out one aspect of the training course in their own facilitation practice. This could be an activity outlined in the toolkit, or own ideas inspired by the training.


Session 3 – Sat, 30/05/20 : 10am – 5pm (GIY Waterford):


The last session will focus on the presentation and reflection of the practical experience, and on an outlook: what have I learned, what am I taking away from the training, what will be possible in the future?


Practical Information:



Blackstairs Eco Trails is a beautiful guided wildlife walking company based in the heart of Carlow. Blackstairs Eco Trails is a peaceful get away from hectic life in the busy cities.

Participants will be invited to explore the walking trails during the training.



GIY Waterford is a not for profit social enterprise helping people to grow some of their own food at home, at work, at school and in the community. GIY HQ is based in the heart of Waterford City. Participants will have an opportunity to explore the inspiring venues and gardens at GIY.



A fresh, organic vegetarian/vegan lunch is provided on all participants on the training. Tea/ Coffee and light snacks will be provided throughout the day.


Places available:

This Training of Trainers will be limited to 15 people only, so that maximum interaction is possible. We welcome applications from practitioners in all organisations in the adult and community education sector who has a background in training and education. Once offered, a refundable deposit of €50 is required to secure your place on the training (individual cases can be discussed). Deposits will be refunded on completion of the training programme.


Travel costs:

On the three training days, travel costs can be reimbursed. Terms and conditions apply. A  list of possible accommodations near the training venues will be sent closer to the date.



A certificate of attendance will be handed out upon completion of the training.





For further information on the training, please contact Stephanie or Hanna at Development Perspectives: or (0419801005)


Closing date for applications is Friday, 3rd  of April 2020.

For more information on the host organization, please CLICK HERE:




This project was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).


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