Ashoka Ireland Quarterly - Spring 2015

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'CHANGE FOR GOOD' NATION-WIDE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN MARCH

On March 9th, Ashoka Ireland launched a nation-wide campaign, ‘CHANGE FOR GOOD,’ to promote the organisations of Ashoka Fellows and the impact of their work in Ireland. The campaign ads appeared on digital and print advertising spaces across the island, including on transport routes, billboards and in shopping centres.

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From March until April, the campaign highlighted Ashoka Ireland Fellows working in EDUCATION and COMMUNITY. Beginning May 18th until June, the campaign will run with a new set of posters highlighting Fellows working in HEALTH and BUSINESS.

FIND OUT MORE ON THE WEBSITE: WWW.CHANGEFORGOOD.IE

We are very grateful to our advertising partners at EXTERION Media for providing the ad space, and to our design team, led by Bob Gray of Red&Grey Design with Henrietta McKervey and Barbara Hoffman, for creating the copy and illustrations for the campaign.

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'ONE MAN, A DOG & A CHANGEMAKER' CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED IN APRIL

Venture capitalist Steven Wilkinson has chosen his next adventure: a walk in support of changemakers in Ireland. His challenge is to: 1. Walk 550km from Co. Kerry to Dublin City 2. Raise €50,000 in the process to support Ashoka’s work in Ireland.

A LONG-TIME SUPPORTER OF ASHOKA, STEVEN HAS PLEDGED TO MATCH EVERY €1 THAT IS DONATED – SO EVERY €1 DONATED WILL BE DOUBLED!

Stephen has already covered 200 kilometers of beautiful landscape in Co. Kerry and Co. Cork, and has met wonderful changemakers on his journey! He is chronicling his progress in daily posts on his blog, Peregrinations. Help Steven reach his €50,000 goal!

Find out more and donate here!

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RE-IMAGINING LEARNING SUMMIT CONVENED 35 EUROPEAN EDUCATORS

This March, Ashoka’s Re-Imagining Learning Summit in Ekskaret, Sweden convened 35 key educators, social entrepreneurs & influencers from 10 European countries, all of whom are committed to working together to re-imagine the future of education in the 21st century.

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Irish Changemaker Principals Rory D’Arcy (St. Oliver’s NS), Maeve Corish (Donabate-Portrane ETNS), Gary Farrell (Our Lady’s & St. Mochua’s PS), Fiona Collins (Francis St. CBS) and Karen O’Sullivan (St. Columba’s GNS), and Ashoka Changemaker Schools Advisory Board Member Bride Rosney (Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice) joined European colleagues for an intensive 3-day workshop summit in Sweden.

“We need to have the courage, the belief in what we are saying, to carry this message beyond the boundaries of our own schools… Because this message is an important message.”

Watch the video below to meet Changemaker Principals from across Europe!

 

FIRST BOEHRINGER-INGELHEIM HEALTH CLUSTER LUNCHEON HELD IN APRIL

Celebrating the partnership between Boehringer-Ingelheim & Ashoka Fellow organisations working in health, the first Health Cluster Luncheon was held at the Ashoka Ireland office in Temple Bar. Journalists from the Irish Times, Slainte, Senior Times and the Irish Medical Times also attended.

Fellows Krystian Fikert (MyMind) and Mary Nally (Third Age) presented progress reports on their organisations. Thomas McCabe, who is the National Manager for Ashoka Fellow organisation Siel Bleu, gave an update on their recent study findings. Rebecca Kilbane spoke on behalf of Project ECHO.

Many thanks to all of the journalists who attended! Visit the websites of Siel Bleu, Third Age, MyMind & ProjectECHO for more information about their programmes.

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#CHANGEMAKERSCHOOLS GATHERING HOSTED BY FRANCIS ST. CBS

On April 21, students and principals from Ireland’s Ashoka ‪#‎ChangemakerSchools‬ gathered at Francis Street C.B.S. in Dublin 8. Focused on providing young student leaders with a voice, the gathering invited representatives from the student councils of all five Changemaker Schools to present their work.

“Education is too important to be left to adults” — Student, St. Oliver’s NS (Co. Kerry)

Mentors and educators Daire Keogh (St. Patrick‘s College), Emily Logan (High Commissioner for Human Rights) and Sinead Burke (Minnie Mélange) joined students to exchange ideas about the future of education in Ireland.

As we near the end of our search, we are delighted to announce that we will be introducing the next group of Changemaker Schools in the Summer Edition of our Ashoka Ireland Quarterly.

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MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS, SPRING 2015

Offering affordable psychological help – in 10 different languages’ — A spotlight on Fellow Krystian Fikert & MyMind in the Irish Times (April)

Jan O’Sullivan must ensure schools admission policy allows equality of access’ — Emily Logan cites #ChangemakerSchool Francis St. CBS as a vital player in Irish education in the Irish Times (April)

Why this man is building a million euro centre for homegrown food in Waterford’ — The Journal interviews Fellow Mick Kelly about his plans for Grow HQ (April)

Teaching with empathy is a breath of fresh air’ — Francis St CBS #Changemaker Principal Fiona Collins on teaching with empathy in the Sunday Times (March)

The farmer and the ecologist should be friends’ — A profile on Fellow Brendan Dunford in the Irish Times (March)

Ireland‘s recovery spreads beyond Dublin’ — A spotlight on Fellow Mike Feerick & ALISON in the Financial Times (March)

Campaign aims to encourage children to “sow and grow”’ — Fellow Mick Kelly & Grow It Yourself (GIY) launch their ‘Sow & Grow’ campaign (March)

Social entrepreneurs: Wise solutions help older people in local communities’ — A spotlight on Fellow Mary Nally & Third Age Ireland in the Irish Times (March)

Change leaders: Mairead Healy and Future Voices’ — Our latest interview Fellow Mairead Healy of Future Voices in Business&Leadership (February)

With thanks to our friends at the Irish Times, Business & Leadership, the Sunday Times & the Financial Times for their contributions!

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FEATURED FELLOW: JAMES WHELTON, CODERDOJO

Ashoka Fellow James Whelton is the Founder of CoderDojo, a global network of volunteer-led, community-based computer programming clubs for young people. To date, there are over 650 Dojos in 57 countries, reaching over 30,000 children regularly!

Dojos teach a variety of programming skills and computer languages including Scratch, HTML, JavaScript, and others. Young people learn to make their own websites, games, and apps, earning badges and belts for progress. The movement is spread and supported by the CoderDojo Foundation, which helps set up Dojos around the world.

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2015 HAS ALREADY BEEN A BUSY YEAR FOR CODERDOJO & THE CODERDOJO FOUNDATION!

 

— The Coolest Projects Awards has been setup for CoderDojo Youth members as a platform to celebrate, encourage and reward their creativity. This year, the awards will take place in the RDS, Dublin on the 13th of June and we have an amazing day of projects, fun and excitement lined up for the whole community. Now in their fourth year, the awards are being expanded to meet the demand of CoderDojo members looking to participate in the awards by showcasing their amazing projects.

Interested in taking part in Coolest Projects, or know someone who might be? Register here.

— In April, CoderDojo announced that Microsoft have pledged their support to the CoderDojo Foundation as part of the Microsoft YouthSpark initiative. Microsoft YouthSpark, is a global, company-wide initiative, which aims to improve education, employability and entrepreneurship opportunities for young people worldwide. So far, YouthSpark has created opportunities for 227 million young people, including 40.8 million across Europe. This has been achieved through the provision of a range of complementary education, job-readiness and entrepreneurship programs in partnership with both education institutions and youth-focused non-profit organisations like CoderDojo. Responding to the announcement, Mary Moloney, Global CEO of the CoderDojo Foundation, said:

“The support that Microsoft is providing to CoderDojo across Europe will enable the community to grow and to reach more kids and young people, enabling them to develop technology, innovation & entrepreneurial skills.We are excited about this new partnership and look to forward the year ahead.”

Are you keen to join the movement? Want to set up your own Dojo? Visit their website for more information.

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COMMUNICATING WITH YOU

This is the spring issue of the Ashoka Ireland quarterly newsletter. Feel free to share the link widely! Email Fiona at fkoch@ashoka.org with photos, videos and announcements to be featured in the next quarterly, planned for summer.

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