Education and crisis. Echoes of Ukraine
The war in Ukraine has shaken the world. We can see the disastrous effects of the invasion and armed conflict through the eyes of the refugees now seeking shelter in EU countries.
War, with its brutality and its giant consequences, can make us feel powerless. Even so, we cannot stay still. And, actually, European citizens, and European educators, are not staying still. We are mobilising our civil efforts, solidarity, skills and competences to tackle this aggression.
EPALE wants to add a tile more to this collective response. We want to encourage our community to reflect on the role of adult learning and education in this challenging time. We want to share ideas and practices, to see how education can get ready to react to crises, and help tackle them.
On Thursday 17 March 2022, from 10 am to 16 pm CET, we will be hosting here an online discussion, where we will discuss crisis education and the role adult learning can have to cope with the effects of conflicts and emergency situations.
The written discussion will be introduced by a live stream (10-10.40 am CET), with three hosts sharing their perspectives and experiences:
Gudrun Van Pottelbergh (Prepared International), analyst of Emergency Preparedness & Crisis Management. For the last fifteen years, Gudrun has been providing both research, training and evaluation to a broad range of crisis management actors, such as the UN or OSCE, governmental agencies, civil societies and academic institutions.
Elena Pacetti (University of Bologna), Associate Professor in Educational strategies for communication in the perspective of lifelong and lifewide learning and Citizenship education and active participation in the Science Of Lifelong Educational Processes Degree programme. Elena is the Scientific responsible of the Research Centre on Education, Media and Technologies, member of the Scientific Committee of the Centre for Educational Research on Teachers as Professionals, and member of the Study Centre on Gender and Education.
Boba Markovič Baluchová (DocUnion NGO and AMBRELA PLATFORM), expert and researcher on media literacy and disinformation, solution journalism, hope-based communication and responsible media coverage of global challenges. She is the communications manager at the Platform for Development organisations – Ambrela in Bratislava, Slovakia. Boba also founded the DocUnion NGO, focusing on Media and literacy trainings for adult learners and the blogging platform, Media about Development.
The live stream will be followed by a moderated written discussion, hosting the contributions of our EPALE community members.
Among the key issues we will be discussing:
- Training the trainers in situations of emergencies;
- Social inclusion and vulnerable persons in emergencies;
- Peacebuilding and peace education;
- Crisis management and crisis education;
- Building citizens’ resilience (before, during and after a conflict)
- Misinformation and propaganda
- Media literacy for critical consumption of information
You are warmly invited to share your experience and initiatives.
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