Category Archive: Decade 3

Sara Franch (1999)

“Liberating education consists in acts of cognition, not transferals of information” Paulo Freire My experience of education before arriving in Kimmage Development Studies centre was very far from Freire’s pedagogy. I went through formal education and was always treated as an empty vase that needed to be filled with information and knowledge. This was the case …

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Salome Mbugua (1995) *video contribution

Salome Mbugua – short video

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Sahr Yambasu (2000)

There is a story of a lady who was getting married. One of her best friends was unable to attend the wedding. So she sent a request to the Best man. It was to read for the bride verse 18 of chapter 4 of the First Letter of John at the reception. There was, however, …

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Patty Abozaglo (1995)

I arrived in Ireland in September 1995 after having been accepted for the Kimmage Post Graduate Course. That was an achievement in itself for a Peruvian lawyer like me, who had been working on human rights legal aid, human rights education and networking at local/national and Latin American level. I was one of the few …

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Marian Casey-Maslen (1997)

In March 2003, I joined many other aid workers in southern Sudan to provide assistance to people in what some called a ‘silent’ famine – the famine was spreading across places like Bor, Kongor, Yirol, and Rumbek and the media was silent, as all eyes were focused on the Somalia crisis – this despite evidence …

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Marcela Ondekova (2002)

I remember the first day of my MA course at Kimmage. It was raining (of course!) and as I rushed to arrive in time for my first lesson, I was excited but also a bit anxious. I knew very little about development and NGOs. I had zero practical experience and never visited a developing country, …

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Fidèle Mutwarasibo (1996)

“Kimmage Development Studies Centre was an important bridge in my academic and professional development. It enhanced my intercultural competences and enabled me to theorise and get a more grounded understanding of my previous work in development. The course sharpened my skills in project planning and management.”   – Fidele Mutwarasibo ————— Since completion of his …

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Femi Olapido (2002)

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I am a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Oyo in the South West Nigeria. My Diocese is a rural Diocese covering 19 out of 33 local governments in Oyo State. I completed the graduate programme in development studies in 2002. On returning to my diocese as a diocesan coordinator of Justice Development and Peace …

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Séamus O’Leary (2002)

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Kimmage Development Studies Centre, or “Kimmage” as it is known by those of us who studied there, is one of those places you never forget. I arrived home in 2001 from Pakistan, having spent three wonderful and challenging years volunteering there with the Columbans. I was in the midst of a quandary: wondering whether to …

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Terry Mukuka (2003)

Terry Mukuka

As a Student of 2002-2003 (Post Graduate, Development Studies) I never knew how powerful the program would do to my career. I’ve had several opportunities from Country Director, Program Director both locally (Zambia) and Internationally (USA, Malawi, South Africa, Zimbabwe etc). All because of a dedicated staff team that taught me the principles of Development. …

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Sandra Neville & Pat Deegan (1994)

For us Kimmage will always be part of our story. I, Sandra Neville left my job ‘for life” with the company car to attend the postgraduate course in development studies. To make light of the return to the pauper lifestyle of a student, I joked with anybody who asked, that I was hoping to meet …

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Ronan White (2003)

The most important insight that I learned in Kimmage is that development workers should not attempt to provide local communities with solutions. Rather they should attempt to foster some kind of process, and provide some form of cohesion, which might facilitate a community to arrive at its own solutions – the development worker and the …

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Japhet Maingu Makongo (1995)

I am one of the pioneers and first students of the “Program Officer’s Course on Community Development” which started at MS-TCDC in June 1995. I graduated a year later in 1996. I am the Executive Director of Ubunifu Associates Limited, a training and consultancy in development and social learning. I come from a livestock management …

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Hedwig Nafula (1997)

When I joined Kimmage Development Studies Centre in 1996 I was a novice in leadership having been a director of a vocational training centre for only three years. I had neither capability nor much experience in working with people. Kimmage introduced me to the participatory methodology of engaging in developmental issues. This methodology emphasises moving …

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Franklin Siakor (2002)

Representing my county in the Liberian senate was for me the most significant achievement after completing my studies at KDSC. After my study at KDSC, I returned to Liberia with greater confidence, passion, and increased knowledge. I returned with great hope and feeling better prepared to lead the Development Education Network-Liberia (DEN-L), in its mission …

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Clíodhna Hannon (1998)

Ten years before the first students arrived at the Development Studies Centre, my parents were prepared in Kimmage Manor for a two year posting to Nigeria. They returned to Ireland in the mid-1960s to develop Ireland’s first Comprehensive School, in that ‘great wave’ of widening access to education. I have spent the last fifteen years …

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Antero Benedito da Silva (2003)

In 1994 I was in Manila and happened to come across an article written by David Cullen of Preda Foundation in Subik, published in the Philippines Daily Inquiry. The article was favouring the right of self-determination of the Timorese People. I returned from the Phillippines in 1994 and got involved in the undergound movement again …

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Aileen Butler (2002)

My first introduction to Kimmage Development Studies Centre (KDSC) was in 2001 when a colleague told me about the evening course “Understanding Development”. At that time I was working with an international development consultancy company. I worked in the training division and was responsible for promoting, organising and managing the delivery of short-term training programmes …

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Abdi-Rashid Haji (1995)

My name is Abdi-Rashid Haji. I am from Somalia, a country whose people are very grateful for the generosity of the big-hearted Irish people and to Mary Robinson for her courageous decision to draw the world’s attention to the starving Somali people during the two famines of 1992 and 2011 in Southern Somalia. It was …

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Sampa Kalungu (2002)

  My first day in class at Kimmage was strange to me. I was looking forward to long theories of long dead Professors and academicians, advanced and sophisticated learning, higher lever gadgets as learning or teaching aids. None of my expectations were met at least in the first lessons. The first lesson with Frank Naughton …

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Issaka Herman Traoré (2003)

My name is Issaka Herman Traoré a Burkina Faso citizen and Kimmage Development Studies Alumni since 2003. I am currently undertaking the FDL-MA courses at Kimmage Development studies. My studies for the National Diploma at Kimmage Development Studies Centre in 2002-2003 enriched my capacities in several areas. One important legacy to me from Kimmage Development …

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