International Conference Connect for Change

Workshops I: Dealing with Colonialism, Power Structures and Challenges in Global Education Partnerships

Tuesday, 29. October 2019, 10:15-12:15



WS I-1: Decolonizing Education

Workshop description is comin soon.

Facilitator: Geofrey Nsubuga, Somero Uganda



WS-I-2: Language policy, power and dialogue in international cooperations from a postcolonial perspective

Language is the base for

•    creating our knowledge to understand and create our being in the world,

•    expressing meanings, positions and desires,

•    negotiating objectives, aims and acting together.

A postcolonial perspective leads us to the following core questions for our international cooperations:

How do language settings, e.g. English as lingua franca, influence these processes within education cooperation of people with different mother tongues and different (English) language skills? What does this mean for the distribution of power and possibilities of dialogue within partnerships?

We will start the workshop with an interactive exercise to open a discussion of these topics. Afterward, we will reflect our cooperation practice in order to identify first steps for an innovative language policy.

Facilitator: Dr. Markus Auditor, Trainer for Global Citizenship Education, Transcultural Education, Global Learning; Germany



WS I-3: Online connected and everything easy? Tips and tools for digital communication and the importance of privacy and ethics in the internet in international educational partnerships

Global educational partnerships and projects aim to support learners of all ages in transforming themselves into responsible global citizens who understand the world and act morally, ethically and empathetically on this basis. Besides personal exchange, digital formats and tools are increasingly being used in international educational settings. These are often helpful, but also entail many challenges. In addition to the poor digital infrastructure, especially ethical and data protection issues play a role.

In this workshop, the participants shall

- develop their own computer and information-related skills

- be enabled to manage international educational projects, in which the use of the Internet and digital tools for cooperation are central.

- get to know organizations, information services and tools that strengthen one's own awareness of ethic and  data protection in digital media.

- get to know digital information services and tools for international cooperation as well as success stories and good practice for cooperation in international educational partnerships.

- be enabled to better assess the practical suitability of digital tools for work.

Facilitator: David Salim, MyGatekeeper, Germany



WSI-4: Partnership without Gatekeepers!

We – Peer-Leader-International - would like to show you some critical aspects in the past of our international cooperation and why this situation is / was blocking better dynamics in international cooperation to implement SDGs. Taking this experiences as examples, let us think together with the workshop-participants “out of the box” to include more people, more youngsters in projects for SDGs. We need to be faster, better; we need to be more people! How can we overcome the problems and find clever ways to take an alternative door if gatekerepers are blocking the “main entrance”?

Facilitators: Harald Kleem, Peer Leader International Germany;  Johanna Mahlangu, Golden Youth Club, South Africa



WS I-5: Past and still present - tracing (German) colonialism in international educational partnerships

Why and how should we deal with colonialism, history and the search for historical traces in international educational partnerships? Using the example of a project of the Helene-Lange-Schule Hannover / Germany and the Msitu wa Tembo Sec. School, Langasani / Tansania about the colonial period with the topic "Past and yet Present "Tracing (German) Colonialism" and an exchange program between German and Tanzanian students that took place in this context, we want to show how these topics can be tackled in cooperation. The questions and experiences of the workshop participants will flow into the discussion after the presentation.

Facilitators: Rosemarie Dreimann, Helene-Lange-Schule Hannover, Germany and William Joseph Ombay, Msitu wa Tembo Sec. School, Langasani, Tansania



WS I-6: The Cost of Hope: Sustainable Justice — A Global South perspective. Or: Why works education towards the SDGs better in the Global North than in the Global South?

The non-binding Sustainable Development Goals were set to acknowledge and address inequality of and by participating countries, states and agencies.  

In these statements of aspirations, the economics of it was lost on most of us. How can economically struggling countries, like in the Global South afford SDGs? This also determines how education towards enhancing and achieving SDGs works better in the Global North than in the Global South.

SDGs are about Sustainable Justice and when capital and equity hold a large sway in addressing the imbalance of disparity, there is a grave problem. Therein lies one of the concerns of the unsustainability of SDGs.

This workshop is about exploring and discovering the gaps and bridges of Sustainable Justice (in the Global South), which is the cornerstone of the SDGs.

Facilitator: Ruby Hembrom, Publisher and Executive Director of Adivaani, India



WS I-7: Youth Workshop: Participation of young people in international partnerships – exchange of experiences, challenges and possibilities

In this workshop, young people have the opportunity to exchange their experiences in working in international educational partnerships with their peers.

In particular, this includes questions of participation and real opportunities to contribute to the development and implementation of partnership projects. But also topics such as communication with project participants in the partner countries, global power differences, colonialism, stereotypes and prejudices and other important topics for the participants will be dealt with.

The workshop is open exclusively for young people and young adults.

Facilitators: Jekapu Dishani, YSD Malawi; Annika Rummer and Miriam Winzer, YSD Germany




For the Workshops II: Strategies, Skills, Good Practice for Global Education Partnerships,
Tuesday, 29. October 2019, 15:45-17:45 click here.

For the Overview of the Program click here.

For the Concept of the Conference in German click here.

For the Concept of the Conference Program in English click here.