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Gemini Ireland Cluster Meetings

On the 5th December 2008, Gemini Ireland, together with Self Help, ran a Development Education Workshop. Patsy Toland, Development Education Co-ordinator from Self Help, invited guest speakers to tell us about problems faced in Developing Countries.
We learned about child labour, the Millennium Development Goals, and other interesting facts about the Developing World. We were surprised that child labour is most commonly found in the agriculture sector and also that 1 in 7 children are used as child labourers. We were also told about the 5:50:500 trick. This shows how we give $5 million in voluntary aid to the Developing World, the government gives $50 million in aid, but every year, we take $500 million from the Developing World. This means that the Developing World is left with debts of over $445 million every year. We cannot continue giving aid, as it helps them very little. We have to begin helping them to help themselves.
The entire day was spent learning, discussing and voicing our opinions on different subjects. The day proved extremely interesting to the 4 schools that participated: Clonaslee Vocational School, Co.Laois; Coláiste Naomh Cormac, Co.Offaly; Tullamore College, Co. Offaly and Wilson's Hospital, Co. Westmeath. The workshop was held in Tullamore Parish Centre. We are grateful to the Parish Centre and Mr Tom Coughlan for allowing us the use of their brand new facility.

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