Invitation to Praxis Summer School 2023

On behalf of the Praxis Project at UCC’s School of Education and John Smith, CEO of Nano Nagle Place, I would like to invite you to the Praxis Summer School.  It takes place on 31st May and 1st and 8th of June.  The theme of this year’s Summer School is:

Social Movements, Education and Active Citizenship

For those who complete an assignment a digital badge in Global Citizenship and Development Education is also available.

The full programme with speaker/facilitator biographies is here:

Praxis Summer School 2023

The Summer School will explore meanings, history, and policy contexts of Global Citizenship and Development Education (GCDE); it will explore the transformation change that can happen when academics, students, communities and activists come together to reflect, act and contribute to positive change in societies at home and abroad.  Using creative and innovative approaches, it will provide a rich, warm and powerful learning environment. Participants can reflect, act and share knowledge, skills, values, methodologies and theories which contribute to making Critical Global citizenship Education a powerful approach to teaching, learning and engaged citizenship.

In this year’s School there will be a particular emphasis on storytelling and podcasting for social change and participants will have the opportunity to make podcasts in collaboration with NGOs, research centres, influencers, academics and activists from a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds.

Throughout the three days we will be joined by distinguished and highly experienced guest speakers and facilitators.   

The School is open to all and is FREE.  We are grateful to Irish Aid and Trócaire for supporting our work.  Do let friends and colleagues whom you think might be interested, know about this exciting opportunity.  Registration is essential.

You can register for the Summer School here:

If you have any queries in relation to registration, please contact Dr Gertrude Cotter, Academic Coordinator of Praxis on

Our guest of honour is Mr Philip McDonagh, Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Humanities at Dublin City University and Director of the Centre for Religion, Human Values, and International Relations. As a diplomat, he was involved in the Northern Ireland peace process in the build-up to the Good Friday Agreement (as Political Counsellor and deputy Head of Mission in London) and served as ambassador to India, the Holy See, Finland, and Russia and as Permanent Representative to the OSCE.

From international development agency Trócaire, we welcome Mr Garry Walsh Campaigns and Digital Outreach Manager, where he is leading on Trócaire’s policy and advocacy work on Business and Human Rights and Civil Society Space.

From The Sunday Times and GAFF shop we welcome Ms Jo Linehan who is a sustainability journalist, consultant and host of the Futurist podcast.

From UCC we are joined by Dr Piaras MacEinri, Lecturer in Migration Studies and Geography and two members of staff on behalf of UCC’s LGBT+ Staff Network, Ms Mary O Rourke and Dr Diarmuid Scully.

From Nano Nagle Place we are joined by CEO of Nano Nagle Place Mr John Smith and youth coordinator Ms Fionnuala O Connell.

From Kinsale College, we are delighted to welcome Mr Donal Chambers, coordinator of the Sustainability and Permaculture course and the chair of Transition Towns Kinsale. 

From World Wise Global Schools we will welcome experienced Global Citizenship and Development Education practitioner Ms Laura Power.

All staff and students are invited to join us for this worthwhile event.

Kind regards,