About Us

About Us

Our Story

Since its establishment in 2006, the Ubuntu Network has been promoting development education, education for sustainable development (ESD), and global citizenship education (GCE) among post-primary teacher educators in Ireland.

The term ‘Ubuntu’ itself is an African concept describing the essential bond of sharing which connects all humanity. We promote quality teaching, learning, and assessment by fostering collaboration, professional relationships, knowledge sharing, peer learning, dialogue, reflection, and research-informed practice.

OUR MISSION

To be leaders in GCE in post-primary ITE, leading the way through creative and transformative pedagogical approaches, evidence-based practice and peer professional learning

OUR VISION

To be leaders in GCE in post-primary ITE, leading the way through creative and transformative pedagogical approaches, evidence-based practice and peer professional learning

UBUNTU’S CORE VALUES

Social Justice

A society where people share a common humanity, have a right to equitable treatment, support for their human rights, and a fair allocation of community resources.

Inclusion

A society where people are valued, where diversity is considered a strength, and where everyone’s contribution is welcomed and respected, without prejudice or discrimination.

Sustainability

A society concerned with the stewardship of the natural environment and aware of the Earth’s limited carrying capacity, focusing on intergenerational responsibilities.

Responsibility

A society where people act with agency for transformation at local, community, national, and international levels.

We Work With

Higher Education Institution Members

NGO Members

WE ALSO COLLABORATE WITH

Faculty members involved in ITE in HEIs

School placement tutors and treoraithe
(co-operating teachers)

Goverment departments and agencies that promote and support GCE in Ireland

Our Operating Principles

The Ubuntu Network’s operations are characterised by the following principles:

We work as a community of educators

We cultivate a supportive network of educators passionate about GCE in ITE. Our diverse community, spanning HEIs, NGOs, and various organizations, values participation, dialogue, and knowledge sharing to enhance our collective capacity, following the Ubuntu philosophy of cooperation and collaboration.

We care about people and the planet

The Ubuntu Network’s mission is driven by our shared commitment to people and the planet. We stand with those affected by inequality and injustice, dedicated to transformative education in support of human rights and responsibilities. We acknowledge the fragility of ecological systems and the need for urgent environmental action.

We strive for
excellence

The Ubuntu Network is a Centre of Excellence in GCE, drawing on experience and evidence to inform pedagogy and practice that is effective and transformative. We acknowledge the challenges of teaching for global citizenship and the need to continually adapt and critically reflect to enhance our work

Meet Our Team

Deirdre Hogan

Project Co-ordinator

Dr Joanne O’Flaherty

Academic Co-ordinator

Teja Solar

Media & Communications Officer