In conjunction with the European Year for Development the Africa Centre has been selected by the Wheel to form its own People's Conversation Groups.
The Wheel has launched this initiative as part of its Rethinking Citizenship project.
The Wheel believes that "citizenship is not just about a passport or voting: it's about what we expect and what is expected of us, our rights and responsibilities to each other. It's the basis for a shared understanding of what a fair and just society means. We believe the time is right to rethink citizenship for today's Ireland."
Please refer to: http://peoplesconversation.ie/ for further details.
In this perspective The Wheel has appealed Africa Centre to apply to the initiative and bring together its own People's Conversation Group. We are much delighted about this project and are convinced the African Diaspora definitely has to participate in these Conversations as members of the Irish society.
This People's Conversation Group aims at discussing citizenship and election processes as experienced by members of the Irish society. The purpose of this Group is to bring together as much representatives of the Irish society as possible and approach the following three questions upon three different Conversations:
*What is shaping our future? (14-2-15)
*What do citizens expect and what is expected of citizens? (end of April 2015)
*What recommendations would emerge from the People's Conversation Group? (Summer 2015)
Africa Centre is thus gathering its own People's Conversation Group that will be excited to part-take in this initiative by sharing their opinions and bringing solutions, suggestions or reform challenges to the attention of official bodies.
Africa Centre would like its stakeholders to actively contribute to the opportunity the Wheel is offering us and together shape the Irish society we would like to live in as citizens.
Our first meeting will take place on Saturday, February 14th 2015 from 1:00 p.m. in Comhlamh offices -12, Parliament Street, Dublin 2. Refreshments will be provided.
For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Looking forward to working on future Ireland with you!