Afro-Eire offer a range of development education programmes that that may be combined with interactive African music classes, video presentations and development education that is adaptable to the themes of individual development programmes and also offers geographical context.  As such, we can provide a single source that meets development and musical education guidelines.

Our lead facilitator Paul McElhatton holds an MSc African Politics (SOAS) and has several years of experience working in International Development.  He has conducted over two years of field research on music and culture in West Africa, North Africa; The Middle East and Latin America, and has several years of teaching experience in Ireland.

Afro-Eire can provide development education on themes such as:

  • Aid
  • Human Rights
  • Transitional Justice and post conflict reconstruction
  • Hunger
  • Water and Sanitation
  • Millennium Development Goals

Afro-Eire are actively engaged across a wide variety issues.  We make it our goal to foster a more in-depth debate and as such we participate in a wide variety of cultural, academic and developmental activities so that we might stay informed with the latest issues and debates that challenge conventional wisdom.

Pre-school workshops can include an introduction to West African Culture and History with demonstrations of hunter harp music and percussion.

Primary and secondary workshops can include drumming workshops for groups of 25 at a time or performances for larger groups.

For more information about our development education programmes please feel free to contact us.

We invited Paul from Afro Eire into our school as part of our Diversity Week Program. He delivered an interactive, fun and informative workshop to a number of our Junior Cycle students. He dealt with a number of issues such as stereotypes and culture including African music which he demonstrated using drums. The students were thoroughly engaged and involved in the workshop from start to finish.

Claire McGill Teacher at Coolmine Community Schools