What is One World Week?

One World Week 2014 takes place from November 15-23. This year's theme is The World Young People Want - Connected, Respected, & Empowered

***Date for your Diary: One World Week Central Event takes place on November 19th in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin***


One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year. During One World Week young people learn about local and global justice issues and take action to bring about change. Youth groups all over the country do activities from the education pack. Some organise public events, quizzes and debates, invite guest speakers or have intercultural evenings. Many groups publicly display the work they have done in preparation for One World Week, or lead other people in doing a public action.


One World Week gives us the opportunity to:

  • Explore the links between our own lives and those of others we may not even know, so that we can work together for justice and peace
  • Celebrate the richness and diversity of belonging to one world
  • Recognise our responsibility to care for the earth and share its resources fairly
  • Challenge whatever keeps barriers intact or challenge what strengthens these barriers
  • Bring issues of justice, rights, and equality to the centre of our family, youth organisation, school, church, friends, work and community life


One World Week has always aimed to involve young people, youth workers, youth leaders, youth organisations and the general public in their own education rather than providing them with ready-made programmes and answers.

One World Week is based on the assumption that development education is best pursued within a framework of celebration. People are the most important resource in this form of education as they explore the world they live in, become aware of their potential for change, and commit themselves to take action.




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