Transformational Education

Core features of the practice

  • Organisation:

    Institution name: Waterford Integration Services
    Institution type: Humanitarian NGO
    Institution URL:
  • Format:

    Seminar, Training, Workshop
  • Target population:

    Educators in formal settings, Educators in non-formal settings, Government employees or representatives, Civil society and non-profit leaders, General public/non-specialist audience
  • Cost (per practice):

    Not applicable
  • Setting:

    Your institution, Other institution
  • Themes:

    Citizenship/democracy education, Racism, Human rights/discrimination, Critical thinking, Teaching and learning methods/guidelines
  • Core activities:

    Group work, Group discussion, Written activity, Lecture, Slide presentation

Additional information about the practice

    Target population

  • Number of participants:

    Up to 14
  • Age of target population:

  • Additional specifics:

    Race/ethnicity, Educationally and socially disadvantaged groups, Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Roma communities.
  • Components of the practice

  • Topics and objectives:

    Human Rights focus from 1948 - present day tutorials. Includes role play, academic papers, on-line research, dialogue, debate and awareness raising.
  • Materials used:

    Written or other published material, Material culture, i.e. physical object or setting, Audiovisual material, Online material
  • Material produced:

    Written material, Instructional material, Audiovisual material
  • Sequence of activities - methodology:

    Modular tutorials, written materials, training materials, participant inputs, research & development/update of materials.
  • Length of activity:

    More than 15 hours
  • Is the activity digital?:

  • Accessibility and replicability

  • Language(s) in which activity can be delivered:

  • Is specialist knowledge or professional training required?:

  • If yes, which type?:

    Experience with public engagement, community work, or grassroots activism

Qualitative Details

  • Has this practice been evaluated?

  • How many times?:

  • By whom?:

    Participants, Informal non-participant observer, Internal evaluator, Formal external evaluator
  • By what means?:

    Informal verbal feedback, Formal verbal feedback, Qualitative written feedback
  • Core content knowledge and transferable skills:

    Critical thinking to develop greater understanding of global situations today and how they impact on local sentiment towards the reception and integration of Refugees and Asylum Seekers and Roma communities who have been persecuted and are seeking a place of safety.
  • Indicators of success:

    Interactive pedagogical methods that highlight real life situations experienced by the participants. Method of delivery transferable to other groups/areas. On completion, participants are supported to engage at civil society levels - representation on area planning committees, Migrant Forum etc.
  • Educational coordinator contact details:

    Name: Anne Nolan
    Email address:


The RETHINK project is concerned with bridging formal and informal education. This section explores the factors that make a practice adaptable.

  • Key factors for successful implementation:

    Subject expertise of presenter/instructor
  • Main challenges to teachers adapting this practice for their students:

    Ensuring materials are age appropriate, consideration of language/literacy for those whose first language is not English, consideration for those who have not engaged in formal or informal education opportunities before, financial cost of tutor time. Time factors to ensure that all participants understand the materials, time for discussion and engagement (which often needs to be managed well due to conflicts/poor experiences of participants).
  • Availability of guidance/training/replication materials (and in what language/format currently):

    Materials are provided through sponsorship/funding opportunities and are currently available in English.
  • Other comments or details: