Connect for Change – Shaping global educational partnerships and projects for change
The State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Ms. Gaby Willamowius, opened the conference on 28.10.2019.
The program was very participatory, putting the participants in the center and working with their questions and experiences. Moreover, the conference had a strong networking focus, hoping that people learn from each other and that new relations will be built.
In order to meet these goals, many participatory methods were used. Participants worked in small self organized goups and fire place circles with the method of storytelling, peer coaching, etc. Workshop-sessions on specific topics were led by participants of the conference. In the plenary, methods like speed-dating, a fishbowl-discussion and a world café ensured the active involvement of all participants as well as group building methods and embodied exercises.
Prof. Dr. Vanessa Andreotti, Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, provided the content framework with the video input "Digging deeper and Relating Wider. Dreams, Challenges and Questions towards Learning for Change in International Partnerships". At the end of the conference, she answered questions from participants in a follow-up video.
Further information on the workshop-sessions you can find here:
Workshops I: Dealing with Colonialism, Power Structures and Challenges in Global Education Partnerships
Workshops II: Strategies, Skills, Good Practice for Global Education Partnerships
Further topics and questions were discussed parallel to the planned sessions in the Open Space.
The conference was moderated by Timo Holthoff in cooperation with Ruby Hembrom, Nomatlou Johannah Mahlangu and Geofrey Nsubuga.