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Cool Planet/ReRwite Climate - resources and iniatives on climate change and environment issues.
JCT-CSPE: JCT Resources for Wellbeing including CSPE
youth-connect Youth-Connect: Youth initiative of the Irish Congress of Trades Unions. Youth-Connect organises the 'Decent Work' Action Project and many other competitions, projects and events relating to young workers rights.
Development Education: is a development and human rights education resource maintained by a consortium of organisations based in Ireland, including: 80:20 Educating & Acting for a Better World, Aidlink, Concern Worldwide, IDEA, Irish Aid, Self-Help Africa and Trócaire.
IHRC The Irish Human Rights Commission: the Commission aims to promote and protect human rights in Ireland. The website features a human rights education section which includes CSPE resources for teachers and students.
oireachtas Oireachtas: Excellent site for studying Irish democracy and the institutions of the state. Features short videos on the Houses of the Oireachtas, a link to watch the Oirachtas live online, an Oireachtas glossary and online educational games.
Anti-Bullying Campaign This is a new website aimed at Irish schools on the topic of bullying. There is a wide range of resources on the site, many of which are relevant to CSPE. Registration (free) is necessary to access the resource materials. There are materials for students, teachers and management. The website offers materials that can be used in schools to raise awareness about bullying, whether in CSPE classes or not, as well as materials that can be used to identify bullying and deal with it when it arises.The site also includes a Discussion Forum section.
Show Racism the Red Card: This is an initiative to combat racism through sport. The site has lots of downloadable material, video clips, fact sheets, volunteering opportunities and a DVD available for ordering. A resource pack for schools was launched in February 2008.
State Examinations Commission: Essential site for CSPE teachers - here you can download past CSPE papers, marking schemes and Chief Examiner's Reports.
Focus Ireland, the leading charity in Ireland working with people who are homeless. There is plenty of background information and the Education section of the site has some resources for schools.
Fairtrade Fair Trade: The Irish Fair Trade Site - with a specific section for CSPE that a 7 step Unit that features lots of activities and printable materials and worksheets. The teacher guidelines are comrehensive.
SEI Sustainable Energy Ireland - a site with a specific section for CSPE, dealing with all sorts of energy related issues. There are Fact Sheets, Worksheets and Action Project ideas.
Trócaire Trocaire-Education: This site from Trocaire is a rich Resource for CSPE teachers. There are sections devoted to each of the seven concepts from the CSPE syllabus, examples of Action Projects, class activities, methodologies, pages for students, teachers and parents, case studies and a search facility.
Concern Concern: More devlopment education. Another detailed site, dealing with issues such as debt in the developing world. Has a particularly useful schools section, with information on guest speakers and Action Projects.
Amnesty Amnesty International: Amnesty's Irish site is a comprehensive resource for the teaching of human rights. There are links to current campaigns on such topics as the Death Penalty, war crimes, prisoners of conscience, and there's a useful inbuilt search facility.
ACT UK ACT UK: Our sister association in the UK - the Association for Citizenship Teaching. There is a useful section on case studies, a resources area, and while much of the material may not be relevant in Ireland, it is useful to see another way of approaching our subject area.
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Irish Government: A browse around this site should pay dividends for CSPE Teachers, especially in relation to Unit 3 of the CSPE Course.
UN United Nations: A vast site as might be expected. Has a section on Human Rights, including the full text of the Universal Declaration.
Simon Community Simon Community: Website drawing attention to the issue of homelessness in Ireland. There are specific elements related to CSPE and related classroom materials are also available.
Dept of Education Dept. of Education and Science: Important site for relevant circulars from the department, Chief Examiners' Reports on the CSPE Exams, Marking Schemes and Past Papers. The Acrobat Reader software is necessary for some of the materials, but where necessary a link is provided to download this, which is free.
EU Ireland EU Ireland: This is an Irish site dedicated to the operation of the EU as it relates to Ireland. It should be of use to teachers covering Unit 4 of the CSPE course. It is attractively designed, has a schools page, its own search facility, some material as Gaeilge and an up to date news section.
Euro Parliament European Parliament: More than you ever need to know! Particularly useful for up to date information, which would not be available on the printed and video resources that abound.
Foróige Foróige: Site for youth group formerly known as Macra na Tuaithe. Foróige mostly concentrates on out of school activities, but one of their programmes is in citizenship education, and their approach here is very much in tune with the ethos of CSPE. They also promote a Youth Citizeship Award.
Life Link Life-Link: This site will be of use if a CSPE teacher wants to do an Action Project in tandem with another school anywhere in the world. Life-Link is based in Sweden and facilitates the twinning of schools based on definite projects, including the areas of environment, citizenship and peacemaking. The site lists possible projects and schools that have been involved so far.
Garda Garda Síochána: Simple but well designed site of the Irish Police Force - ideal source of information for students doing an action project on the guards and their role in the community (Unit 2) and/or in the state as a whole (Unit 3).
Globalmarch Globalmarch: An attractively designed site dealing with the issue of child labour worldwide (incl. Ireland). Contains a wealth of information, including an education section.
Scoilnet: One of Ireland's leading education sites. Follow the links to CSPE for information, syllabus, guidelines, resources and a forum for interacting with other teachers.
Paveepoint Pavee Point: an attractively designed site from Pavee Point Travellers' Centre which should be familiar to many CSPE teachers for their relevant human rights work A lot of the material here is easily adapted to classroom work, especially the many fact sheets.
Exchangehouse Exchange House: gives information on services for travellers and also has pages on discrimination against travellers and on discrimination and intolerance in general, with a radical political stance. A visit to the site map (linked from the home page) is advised as this gives an effective overview of the content.