- slated date: 25th till 30th of May
To us, education is a precondition for participating in social processes. However, in many aspects the current educational system is not able to enable people to understand social interrelations and to empower them to a mature taking part in social changes. But only if everyone participates, a society which guarantees the most broad level of freedom for all individuals and thus finds the most broad level of acceptance, can develop.
At the same time we come to the conclusion, that the goal of establishing free education for everyone worldwide seems to have moved out of reach in the last years. The educational system is cross-nationally exposed to different reforms. It is time to analyze these changes, especially in context of the arrangement of the whole society, and to develop alternatives to the status quo.
Therefore we want to discuss together: which functions do school systems and systems of higher education have in different European countries and regions? What does self determined living and learning mean? How can we establish free access to education for everyone? How are educational system and society related to one another? Do institutions of higher education (re)produce social inequality and how could this inequality be broken? How can we establish democratic, self determined structures at schools and institutions of higher education? What is commercialization of education, what influence do commercial enterprises have in this process and how can this influence be broken? How can Europe-wide solidarity be established?
Click here to continue reading...This congress should facilitate an Europe-wide exchange, analyzing the context of education and society. We want to give attention to decision-making processes of society to establish a democratization of society.
Thus, for everyone interested in education and education policy: Come to the European Education Congress from the 25th till 30th of May 2010 at the Ruhr-University in Bochum!
We invite you to spend five days with us, analyzing the current educational system and its functions critically. Let us think about the meaning of good education, what the requirements of a progressive educational system are and which paths could lead to such a system. This will be done in different methods of learning such as workshops, plenary meetings, lectures, panel discussions and concrete experiences. All supporting persons and groups are called to bring in such activities of their own, to introduce texts and to contribute to the congress. At the same time there will be opportunity to exchange experiences from different countries and regions and for international networking to enable further cooperation.