At PMIA, education is key to our work. We produce a range of educational resources on doing sustainable business with Africa and the impact of value addition in improving livelihoods in Africa. We offer a range of supports to educators in both formal and informal setting; we run workshops, host events and our Fellowship programme offers lecture supports to third level business schools across Ireland.
Just Connections, Just Trade: A collaborative project between Marino Institute of Education and Proudly Made in Africa (PMIA), with funding support from Irish Aid - this new teaching pack enables children to think critically about major global issues like consumerism, globalisation and international trade and development.
Written to support 5th and 6th class primary school teachers in Ireland, in teaching about the wider world and in developing global citizenship in relation to curricular areas such as SESE and SPHE, this resource examines topics such as interdependence and globalisation, trade relationships, and consumer choices, in child-friendly language, and through a range of active and participative methodologies designed to enable children to understand and engage with complex issues.
A Stitch in time (2016) A Stitch in time explores how fashion brands and retailers are increasingly looking on Africa as holding promise as a new source for ready to wear garments, shoes and fashion accessories. That potential is very much yet to be fulfilled. Retailers and brands that engage early will benefit from it and ensure the promise is realised. Brexit presents both challenges and threats to UK engagement with this young industry. Brexit introduces both uncertainty and opportunities for the nascent fashion industry in African countries. This paper makes a number of specific recommendations in the context of Brexit.
Africa is growing - with estimated GDP growth of 4.7% in 2014 and 5% in 2015. Demographic trends are helping to drive this growth – including increasing urbanisation, an expanding labour force, and the rise of the middle-class consumer. By 2040 the number of people of working age will be 1.1 billion, more than China or India. This will be a significant driver of GDP growth in Africa. A third of this growth is attributed to the commodity boom but the remaining two-thirds comes from the growth of sectors such as wholesale and retail, transportation and telecommunications. This growth in the manufactured and processing sector in Africa has the potential to drive up income levels and growth.
Ireland’s Trade with its Development Programme Countries in Africa.
This is an update of the original 2011 report that examines patterns in Ireland’s trade with its six longstanding African programme countries over a sixteen-year period 1995-2010.
Its purpose is to identify trends in behaviour so as to inform both policymakers and business actors in a way that can contribute to pro-poor growth in the programme countries.
Learners will find out more and learn about Ireland's relationship with chosen African countries, and about how they are linked to Ireland by trade. Learners will explore some of the perspectives of people in these countries, and will examine how individuals have overcome barriers to forming successful businesses. Learners will get the chance to consider the options available in seeking ways to combat poverty through trade.
This pack is made up of 14 core learning activities, 3 extension activities and 2 literacy activities. Each activity has a descriptor highlighting various details such as aims, key skills and online sources. Many activities also come with Task Sheets for learners and Teacher Sheets with supporting information. See link here for more information as outlined by Development Education.