Development Education Programme: Teachers Guide

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Development Education Programme: Teachers Guide

INDIA Programme - 5th & 6th class

The Development Education programme aims at raising awareness of global development and social justice issues. The goal is for children to become more aware of the world they live in and about children’s lives from different parts of the world. It is hoped that children will in turn put their knowledge into action and become active global citizens.

Early childhood is a time of great development and growth: physical, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and moral. We want children in Ireland to see that for children everywhere, this is the time when children learn and play, grow strong and confident with the love and support and of their family and feel safe and secure within a community of caring and interested adults.

The India programme for 5th and 6th class students focuses on the life of a young girl called ‘Hemalatha’. We wish to connect children in Ireland to Hemalatha through the videos and lesson plans provided. Although there is great poverty in India, we want children to be aware that they have a ‘normal’ life in many ways and that there are some similarities as well as differences with children living in other countries.

The document entitled ‘Hemalatha Integrated Plan Outline’ gives an overview of how all the lessons fit in together, with each subject also having its own individual plan. The lesson plans are accompanied with additional resources such as videos, presentations, audio files, and a box of items specifically from India.

A Baseline survey will be conducted with students in the classroom before the programme commences. This is a short booklet with questions where students must provide short answers/tick the box etc. Similarly, an Endline survey will be conducted at the end of the programme to record the effectiveness and progress made.

Feedback and report of results will later be provided to teachers following the analysis of survey results.

The programme is designed to cover a two-year period.

Year 1: The use of lesson plans, resources, videos, box materials etc.

Year 2: Students undertake a project related to the country, or one of the social justice issues raised in the programme.


All resources are available online at (except for the toys and objects in the box).

For schools without internet access, the lesson plans and resources can be provided on a USB stick.

  1. Each class will be given a box of toys and items specifically brought from India. The box contains a list of included items, specifying their meaning, significance and use. All items may be used liberally by staff and children for the duration of the programme.

  1. The ‘Teachers’ section on the website contains all the lesson plans, video resources, and additional resources.

Lesson Plans: The India programme contains 15 lesson plans in total – 4 English, 2 Mathematics, 2 SESE (1 Geography, 1 History), 4 SPHE, 2 Physical Education, 1 Visual Arts. All lesson plans have been integrated and linked in across the objectives of the Irish school curriculum

Video Resources: The India program contains a lot of additional video resources that aid the lesson plans in a more visual aspect. There are two distinct zip folders online for S.P.H.E and P.E. It also contains a folder called ‘Other Audio Resources’, which includes videos for History and Language.

Additional Resources: This folder contains any additional presentations or word document hand-outs that are linked with the lesson plans.

  1. The ’Parents’ section on the ‘My Life My World’ page of the website contains some topical articles that might be of interest to both teachers and parents.


  1. A baseline survey will be conducted with the children before the programme begins.

  1. It is recommended that teachers spend about 6-8 weeks on the programme.

  1. Teachers are not required to complete any set number of the lessons plans, however it is highly recommended that they teach 6-8 lessons at the very least.

  1. It is entirely based on the individual class teacher to adjust and prioritize each lesson to suit the needs of his/her class.

  1. 40 minutes has been indicated as a rough time suggestion for most lessons. Due to the large amount of content however, it is understood that lessons may take longer, and so teachers are advised to spread them out over two classes or prioritise objectives as desired.

  1. Boxes will be collected at end of the programme, at which time the Endline survey will be completed.

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