Monday, 1 February 2010

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"
Nelson Mandela
This afternoon I visited the Leeds Development Education Centre (DEC) on Roundhay Road...

Leeds DEC is an educational charity and public limited company which was originally established by Oxfam in 1978. It worked in partnership with Oxfam until 1995 when the Centre was grant funded by Oxfam to provide resources and training for teachers and youth workers in West Yorkshire. It is a wonderful resource centre providing support for schools on citizenship, sustainable development conflict resolution, human rights, social justice and the global dimension.

The Centre publishes high quality, active learning, development education resources and provides resources for teachers and youth workers to raise young people's awareness of international development issues. It also provides training for teachers and youth workers on a wide range of global issues and is always seeking new ways to raise awareness of international issues using the active learning approaches that are fundamental to development education. The Centre also works with local and international partners to develop new project ideas and secure grants for their implementation.

Leeds DEC has been involved in developing a Regional Strategy for development education in Yorkshire and The Humber and is currently involved in promoting the Global Schools Association and its activities. I think the Centre is one of our best kept secrets but if you want to find out more about Leeds DEC you can visit their website at

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