Global Learning Programme Staff

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Orla Devine - Global Learning Programme Coordinator

Prior to assuming her role with the GLP, Orla worked within the Humanitarian Education Team at the British Red Cross, coordinating CPD training for teachers and student teachers across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Her work with the Red Cross also involved monitoring a CPD training programme delivered by the Cyprus Red Cross and managing a youth exchange partnership with the Red Cross Societies in Ireland, Serbia, Macedeonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Orla has a Masters in International Development from the University of Glasgow and has studied Masters modules in Development Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. She currently represents Northern Ireland on the UK Teacher Education for Equity and Sustainability Network.

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Robyn Scott - Promotions and Communications Officer

Robyn initially trained as a journalist before deciding to move into communications, gaining a Masters in Communication, Advertising and Public Relations during 2012. Throughout the last eight years, she has worked extensively in communications, journalism and public affairs. Her previous roles include an internship with Amnesty International UK, during which she was responsible for arranging and giving schools talks on human rights topics.

Among the other organisations she has worked are the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE), the Women’s Resource and Development Agency (WRDA) and Cancer Fund for Children (CFC). She has studied short courses in Advanced Photoshop (accredited), Website Creation, Dreamweaver, Creative Writing, Content Marketing and Digital Photography.

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Anna Grindle - Schools Outreach Officer

Anna is a primary school teacher, with six years’ classroom-based experience including teaching children with speech and language difficulties and social communication needs. Alongside her role in the GLP, she currently works two days a week as an outreach teacher for children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Previous posts include working for Oxfam Scotland as a Curriculum Adviser in Education for Global Citizenship. Additionally, she has carried out work focused on the participation of children and young people in service planning with the Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) and engaged in policy-based work with young people while on behalf of the Voluntary and Community Sector Forum. She has also lived and volunteered in Uganda, co-ordinating an in-service teacher training programme in life skills education, combining this with participatory action research for MA study.

Anna holds a BA in Geography from Queen’s University Belfast, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education from University of Cambridge, and a MA in Participation, Power and Social Change from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

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Helen Ferguson - Administrative Officer

Helen was a  modern languages teacher before moving to the British Council in 2000 to deliver the EU funded Comenius programme to schools and colleges in South West England and Wales. After taking voluntary redundancy in 2010 to focus on family commitments, Helen returned to the classroom as a part-time Spanish tutor with the Primary Modern Languages Programme. When the funding ended in 2015, Helen was recruited to her current post with the Global Learning Programme, where she is able to combine her experience in administration with her interest in education.

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Peter McCully - Promotions and Communications Intern

Before joining the GLP, Peter studied at Amsterdam University College and University of Maryland, College Park. While at university, he studied for a BSc in Liberal Arts and Sciences, with a focus on political science. His undergraduate thesis investigated the extent that former British colonies had adopted multicultural education policies in regards to their indigenous populations.

Peter has previously worked for the UNESCO Centre at Ulster University, the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the Liberal Democrats political party. 

Global Learning Programme Facilitators

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Charo Lanao- Madden - Global Educator

Charo is a consultant, trainer, facilitator and life coach. She provides consultancy for the private, public and voluntary sector in Europe and Latin America. She has designed and delivered training on global education, intercultural dialogue, anti-discrimination, communication skills, leadership and goal setting. She has designed and delivered facilitation for events using the Art of Hosting, an approach to leadership that uses personal experience, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges.

She believes in the power of collaboration and was an initiator of the Stronger Together Network – a network for people and organisations working on Racial Equality in Northern Ireland. She is also member of the Comhlámh (Solidarity) Belfast group. Currently she is coordinating the Programme for Intercultural Arts Support for Community Arts Partnership. She has been an Equality Commissioner for Northern Ireland since 2008.

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Donna McFeely - Global Educator

Donna is a development educator, community activist and youth worker. She has worked in Children in Crossfire for the past four years designing and delivering accredited training for teachers to engage with global education and strengthen the international activities already going on in schools. Donna has a keen interest in using drama methods and arts based methods to bring global issues alive and to support young people to find the courage and develop the knowledge and skills needed to become an active, compassionate change maker.

Previously Donna worked in Youth Action’s Gender Equality Unit, The Women’s Centre and The Waterside Theatre, working specifically with young people and designing workshops around participation, fair trade, activism, human rights and equality. 

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Laura Rio Fernandez - Global Educator

Laura is development educator and activist, committed to promoting global justice. With a degree in Pedagogy and a Masters Degree in Sustainable Development Management, she has been working for many years in environmental and global education in Northern Ireland and Spain. Her work history includes a post as Environmental Education Officer at Sotavento Galicia Foundation (a groundbreaking renewable energy research and education centre) and she was a speaker at the 2010 congress of Innovative Teaching Materials.

Currently, she is the ESD Coordinator at Tools for Solidarity (TFS) and is involved in the design and delivery of global learning workshops taught in schools, youth groups and women's associations. These workshops aim to highlight the potential impact of personal behaviour upon the lives of others. Laura is a Committee Member of CADA, a Member of Comhlamh and Adega (association for the ecological defense of Galicia), and a former Director of TFS. Laura is inspired by the maxim of Paulo Friere: “Education doesn't change the world but it changes the people that will change the world.”

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Lisa Rose - Global Educator

Lisa is a freelance mediator, facilitator and trainer who has been involved in global education for a number of years. She has clients in Europe, Africa and the United States. Her work in Northern Ireland includes the design and delivery of  a wide variety of global education workshops to communities and school children of all ages. Other specialties include the design and delivery of programmes centred on conflict mediation, peace-building and community empowerment, which promote mutual understanding. 

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Nora McQuaid - Global Educator

Nora is an education consultant, facilitator and trainer. Her current work focuses on providing support in education, intercultural training and planning to private, public and voluntary sectors in Spain, UK and Ireland. Prior to working as a freelance education consultant, Nora worked for eighteen years in formal education, both in Northern Ireland and Spain; including holding posts of Head of Science and Head of Learning for Life and Work. Nora was the Coordinator for the DFID Global Dimension in Schools NI programme at the Centre for Global Education from 2007-2010, which preceded the current Global Learning Programme. Part of her role included representing NI on the UK Initial Teacher Education Network for Global Citizenship and Sustainable Development. She has many years’ experience writing educational resources and creating and delivering CPD on global education.

Nora holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry from Queen’s University Belfast, a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) University of Lancaster and a Masters in Education (MSc with commendation) from Queen’s University Belfast, specialising in Personal Development and Civic Education, including global learning and intercultural education.

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Rosie Murray - Global Educator

A qualified post primary Geography teacher, global educator and environmentalist, Rosie has an established track record as a global educator and facilitator. She has been working with Trócaire the Irish overseas development agency since 2002 as their Northern Education Officer - researching, writing, and producing their educational resources for a wide range of audiences, along with delivering workshops and providing teacher training.  Rosie also works as a freelance global educator and has developed resources for Northern Ireland Fisheries and Harbour Authority, Eco-Schools and CEA. She has facilitated schools to attain global awards such as Fairtrade Schools Status, Eco-Schools Green Flag and UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools Award. 

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Stella Murray - Global Educator

Stella Murray is a freelance consultant with particular interest in values based global education. In previous roles as Human Rights Education Coordinator for Amnesty International and as coordinator of the Global Dimension in Education Project at St. Mary’s University College, her work with teachers and student teachers has aimed to raise awareness of injustice, human rights and interdependence and recognise the vital role of education in moving towards a more just, equitable and sustainable future.

Formally a primary school teacher, Stella has since worked as an in-service teacher trainer in the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific; as a teachers’ resource centre adviser in Tanzania and education adviser for Save the Children in Laos in South East Asia.