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The European Forum for Freedom in Education (effe) is a non-governmental organization working in the field of general education. effe is based in Germany and connects people all over Europe who want to shape the future of education.
We believe that a tolerant and democratic society needs a free and diverse educational system. Our vision is of a Europe of peaceful neighbors and cultural diversity within and between countries. effe facilitates international exchange so that we can learn with and from each other across national boundaries.
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The booklet on Intercultural Encounters documents the intercultural educational practices of Mikros Dounias and is available in English, German and Greek.
Mikros Dounias is an intercultural pedagogical project
based on the Greek island of Lesvos. Amid the so called refugee crisis the people of Mikros Dounias created a place for local and refugee children of early childhood age to play
and learn together in nature.
October 30, 2020 saw the evacuation of the PIKPA Open Refugee Camp, where the pedagogical project Mikros
Dounias had been hosted during its first three years of operation. Since 2012, PIKPA had housed thousands of vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers, with
the help and constant struggle of many people, selforganized groups, organizatuons and above all the N.G.O. Lesvos Solidarity.
In December 2020, the pedagogical and administrative team of Mikros Dounias contacted the European Forum for
Freedom in Education (EFFE) and the National Association of Free Alternative Schools of Germany
(BFAS), suggesting that they support the documentation and dissemination of the intercultural educational practices of Mikros Dounias, as it had
progressed within PIKPA Open Refugee Camp.
As a result of the cooperation, an Online Workshop on Intercultural Education took place and a booklet on International Encounters has been published. To read more about intercultural educational practices based on the work of Mikros
Dounias, dowload the booklet on International Encounters which is available in English, German and Greek. The booklets are available for download in the EFFE blog.
Best practice and innovation - Mikros Dounias on intercultural education in nature. How a small non-profit association on
the Greek island of Lesvos faces the challenges of migration. Join our online workshop to learn more.
You are an educator and you are interested in best practice projects in the context of intercultural education?
You are a member of a parent association or thinking of founding one? You are a political activist or an active citizen with an interest in innovative approaches? You are a
scientist or student with an interest in social sustainability?
We invite you to join the online session on "Intercultural education in nature - How a small non-profit association on the Greek island of Lesvos faces the challenges of migration" which we are hosting in partnership with Mikros Dounias. The session takes place on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm (CET).
Learn more about the humanitarian context on the Greek border island Lesvos, the grassroots community of famillies and educators who have created a "small world" of solidarity and hope, pedagogical tools and concepts and the values and challenges of intercultural learning in nature.
Join us and contribute your own experience and ideas in interactive sessions!
If you are interested to participate, please send an E-Mail to us in order to receive further information.
Research on the work of Mikros Dounias, conducted by by assistant professor Marit Heldal and her collegues from the Queen Maud University College of Early Childhood Education in Trondheim, Norway, has been recently published in the special issue of Sustainability on Reimagining Early Childhood Education for Social Sustainability in a Future We Want: Social Sustainable Education in a Refugee Camp (Heldal, M.; Hagen T.L.; Olaussen, I.O.; Haugen, G.M.D. Social Sustainable Education in a Refugee Camp. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3925. Https://doi.org/10.3390/su13073925). The article has been published as an open access article under the Creative Commons Distribution Licence.
Digital Learning - A fantastic opportunity to enhance creativity or a danger for the healthy development of children? We would like to hear about your views and experiences.
We invite you to join the online session on "Digital Learning - A fantastic opportunity to enhance creativity or a danger for the health of children?" which we are hosting as part of our annual assembly. The session takes place on November 28, 2020 from 4 pm (CET) onwards.
After its decline from a wealthy area of residence in the 20th century, the area around Victoria Square in Athens, Greece, has become a multicultural area and, more recently, a hot spot for migrants. The Greeks who left the area after the Second World War share with the Syrian and Afghan refugees who have arrived at Victoria Square in the recent years a vision of Germany as a latter-day "Promised Land": While the former look(ed) at emigration as a way towards employment, the latter, provisionally "stationed" in Victoria Square, have fled their home countries and are anxious to to on and to reach their final destination to reconnect with family and friends and build a new life.
The project explores the recent history of the area in the context of the relations between Greece and Germany. Starting from this, participants have an opportunity to reflect on questions of coexistence and the preservation of collective memory, get to know their neighbourhood better and express themselves in creative ways.
The project focusses on 12-18-year-old students who live in the area of Victoria Square and come from diverse ethnic, social and cultural backgrounds.
Read more about “Next Station: Victoria | Nächste Station: Viktoriaplatz”.
"Next Station: Victoria" is a programme by Victoria Square Project with the collaboration of karpos, MONUMFENTA and the WORLD HUMAN FORUM. The programme is co-funded by the German Federal Foreign Office through funds of the German-Greek Future Fund. The harvesting publication is produced by the European Forum for Freedom in Education (effe).
The Third International Togetherness Conference on Global Citizenship Education - Intercultural understanding and democratic 'dannelse' will take place at January 14th, 2021 in Denmark
In Denmark, as in many other countries, we are focused on education, which has become a central concern of policy makers and politicians all around the world. The policy makers' narrow focus on the PISA scores have resulted in policies that favors specific curricula areas, thus putting education systems, schools teachers and students under pressure. This has distracted education from the much more urgent questions that are facing humanity: questions of the sustainability of our planet and the sustainability of our human togetherness.
Das Bundestreffen der Freien Alternativschulen 2020 findet voraussichtlich im September statt. Aktuelle Informationen dazu auf der Webseite des Bundesverbandes der Freien Alternativschulen. Der Bundesverband der Freien Alternativschulen e.V. (BFAS) ist ein Zusammenschluss von über 100 Freien Alternativschulen und Gründungsinitiativen in Deutschland, deren Basis selbstbestimmtes Lernen, demokratische Mitbestimmung und gegenseitiger Respekt ist. Der Verband berät Schulprojekte in der Gründungsphase, unterstützt sie im laufenden Betrieb, fördert den Austausch der Schulen untereinander und engagiert sich in der bundespolitischen Bildungsdebatte.
The goals of the conference are: To present the democratic education to the Bulgarian society with lectures from well-known names in the field. To ensure the traditional creative and inspiring EUDEC conference's atmosphere as an annual meeting point for all people from the community. To share the experience of the Bulgarian people in the fields of interesting teaching methodologies, child development, risky play, play therapy, restorative practices, nonviolent communication, school mediation and group facilitation. To enjoy every moment, have fun and play together. To meet all the community with Bulgarian traditions, culture, nature, music and spirit.
Save the date for the LLLP Annual Conference 2020 which will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, from May 27th to 28th, 2020. 2020 will be a forward looking year in Europe: while the programme cycles will come to an end, it will also be the moment to assess whether the ambitions of the ET2020 and its indicators were met, and thus engage in the discussions on the next goals. To this extend, the LLLPlatform believes that sustainability - of learning and of education systems as a whole - shall be the polar star for Europe for the years to come. For our communities to be sustainable - socially, environmentally and economically - we believe that we should start by rendering our education systems sustainable. "Sustainable learning" is defined as inclusive, learner-centered and fostering personal development: just like our societies should be.
Aufruf der GLS Treuhand e.V. für ein souveränes Europa der zivilgesellschaftlichen Mitbestimmung
Bürgerschaftliches Engagement in Stiftungen, Vereinen, Unternehmen und von Bürger*innen ist für unser Gemeinwesen existentiell. Doch dieses wertvolle gemeinnützige Handeln braucht dringender denn je den schützenden Rahmen eines solidarischen, zukunftsfesten und demokratischen Europas!
Mikros Dounias means "small world" and is an initiative which is located on the island of Lesvos in Greece. The aim of Mikros Dounias is to support the co-existence of refugee and local children and their parents, so that they can create, learn and explore the world together.
We play and we learn together in nature. Playing involves the body and soul of the participant holistically, bringing balance and harmony and promoting action instead of passivity. It cultivates spontaneity, creativity and imagination. We believe in the freedom of choice and the right to participate. We want to create a feeling of safety, of being seen, listened to and respected. We uphold the principles of equality and integration. Contact with nature is of great importance for wellness and personal development. We want children to have the opportunity to move, play, observe and explore in natural environments throughout the year.
How do we work together? Parents, children, educators, volunteers, partners and members of Lesvos Solidarity are actively contributing to the organization of Mikros Dunias. Decisions are taken democratically and should enjoy wide acceptance. Children's opinions, needs and desires are of central importance.
Lets make this small world a better place for everyone!
THE POWER OF BELONGING
The International Togetherness Conference
Thursday 11 of October, 2018
How can schools splice individual fulfilment with social and political responsibility? What does it mean to work together for the common good? In a multicultural world, how can we develop our interdependence and our integrity to build a shared future?
In this second International Togetherness Conference, we shall explore the Power of Belonging.
The focus will be on schools as spheres of belonging, on integration and collective action, on promoting democratic understanding and empowering social and political engagement, on managing and enlivening togetherness.
The conference takes place at The Independent Academy for Free School Teaching.
The conference fee is 160 Euro (free for international participants). There are two options to visit a school in the area on Friday 12th of October, 2018.
The conference is organized by The Efterskole Association, The Danish Friskole Association, The Association of Folk High Schools in Denmark, The Independent Academy for Free School Teaching. In partnership with effe.
Life Long Learning Platform - Annual Conference
"Lifelong Learning Culture: a partnership for rethinking education"
Vienna, July 5-6, 2018
Crisis, resilience and the future of democracy in Central and Eastern Europe - Reflection Workshop of Practitioners and Scholars
The Bosch Alumni Network has invited a diverse group of practitioners and thinkers from civil society, public administration, media and think tanks to to jointly start answering the question: What is taking place in CEE these days when it comes to the state of democracy and what follows from that for us, who care about its future?
The workshop takes place from November 23-25, 2017 in Berlin.
effe has been invited to join the workshop and to contribute to the discussion from the perspective of education.
CitizensLab is on its way from the pilot stage to becoming a community of practice. The members of CitizensLab have discussed their vision for Europe in 2030 and have formed working groups who are working together to develop prototypes. Right now there are four project teams with members from different European countries who are preparing cross-sectoral prototypes. The issues which are addressed are education, democracy, social inclusion, urban transformation and art and culture.
effe is a member of CitizensLab and is involved in the development of a prototype in the area of education.
Competendo offers experience, methods and inspiration for empowerment in community, school, organization, non-formal group or institution.
How to inspire personal, professional and societal development? The Competendo team have developed a collection of well-tried innovative approaches and methods by trainers for trainers, teachers and facilitators.
Competendo is a cooperation between five civil society organizations. MitOst in Germany, Südwind in Austria, Ideas Factory in Bulgaria and Working Between Cultures in Poland who are developing and implementing educational programs, developing handbooks and offer qualification for activists and professionals in formal- and non-formal education and in civil society. Together they are advocating for the ideas of empowerment and active citizenship.
The 15th International MitOst Festival takes place in Frankfurt (Oder)/ Słubice from October 4-8 2017.
MitOst connects active citizens in Europe and its neighbouring regions. MitOst implements programmes and projects which foster cultural exchange, active citizenship, social cohesion and participatory urban and rural designs beyond cultural, sectoral or political borders.
The international MitOst Festival is a meeting point for all those who are interested in cultural and civic exchange in Europe and its neighbouring regions. It brings together thinkers and activists, experts and newcomers.
For further information go to the website of MitOst Festival.
effe is a member of CitizensLab which has been initiated by MitOst.
The EUDEC conference will be held from August 19-27, 2017 in Paris. EUDEC invites you to live democratic education through open workshops, informal sharing and conferences. The theme of the Paris conference is "Diversity in Democratic Education".
The Welsh conference on Learning & Teaching for a new era takes place at June 28, 2017 in Llanelli. Speakers are Dr. Bill Maxwell (Education Scotland), Fiona Carnie (European Forum for Freedom in Education), Beatriz Pont (OECD), Gareth Morgans (Carmarthenshire Council), David Taylor (Stanley Park High School) and Mette Hauch (Autens Future Schools Denmark).
If you have further questions or would like to participate please contact Adele Davies.
Digitalization is ever growing and will inevitably affect all sectors. Yet we still struggle to understand the extent of it and few are fully prepared for it: there is a change in the nature of the race between man and the machine, and the machine is running faster. The challenge of education in a digital world commands us to open education as widely as possible to include all, through flexible pathways and innovative thinking in order to enable all to adapt to yet unknown developments. How can lifelong learning answer these challenges in order to insure universal access to digital education?
Ist der freie Zugang ins Internet die Voraussetzung für eine Schule von morgen? Oder zerstört dieser vielmehr schulische Lernprozesse und soziale Beziehungen? Hat Schule als gesellschaftlicher Ort von Bildung überhaupt eine Zukunft? Und wenn ja: Welche? Wenn nein: was kann an ihre Stelle treten?
Auf dem Fachtag 2017 sollen gemeinsame und konkrete Perspektiven für zukunftsfähige Schulen entwickelt werden. Er ist Anstoß für einen zukunftsoffenen Produktion Lernprozess für Schulen jenseits von Reform.
Which educational futures could guide our thinking and actions if we see schools as laboratories of tomorrow´s society? What do digitalization and demographic transition mean for learning in a migration society? And in what ways can art advance change?
At the kick-off conference "Schools of tomorrow" at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) in Berlin from 2017, May 4-6, educational theorists and practitioners will discuss how schools can shape the future with teachers, parents, students and artists.
“Schools of Tomorrow” takes place as part of the HKW series 100 Years of Now.
Unter dem Motto "Adler steigen keine Treppen - Freinet verleiht Flügel" findet vom 28. April bis 1. Mai 2017 das Bundestreffen der Freinet-Kooperative auf der Burg Rieneck statt. Anmeldeschluß ist der 17. Februar 2017.
Die Freinet-Kooperative ist das bundesweite Netzwerk von Freinet-Pädagoginnen und solchen, die es werden wollen.
The International Democratic Education Conference will take place in Hadera in Israel from March 28 to April 3. The IDEC 2017 brings together experts, educators and democratic education lovers in an exciting learning environment.
Togetherness, motivation and democracy in schools
Course for professionals, teachers and student teachers from April 3-7 2017
at the Independent Academy for Free School Teaching in Ollerup (Denmark).
The course will explore core concepts of Danish educational theory and practice that are foreign to many outsiders such as togetherness, the cultivation of character (Bildung) and of democratic values, enlightenment for life and the living word. The course will also aim to assess how these core concepts might be applied in other contexts. It will also include visits to local free schools.
The course will be held in English. Course fee is DKK 7995 or € 1075 (board and lodging included).
Applications should be received electronically using the Ollerup course homepage no later than February 2nd, 2017.
For further information contact the course leader John Mason
or else please see dfl-ollerup.dk
CitizensLab is a new participatory European network for local actors of change. The aim is to strengthen and connect active citizens from all sectors that are passionals about their local community. They engage in finding innovative solutions to challenges in their neighbourhood - be it as volunteers or in their jobs.
Core areas of activity of CitizensLab are Democracy/ Active Citizenship, Social Cohesion/ Inclusion and closing diversity gaps, Urban Transformation, Culture and Art and Education.
We have had a very successful board meeting and members’ assembly in Offenburg. The festivities around the 20th Anniversary of Freie Schule Spatz were great and inspiring. Thanks for hosting us!
Part of the meeting was a resolution stating the fundamental right to education for refugees and displaced people. The declaration refers to the "Offenburger Erklärung" of 1847. The right to education for all people includes the right to education for refugees and displaced people, the root causes for flight and migration and the conditions and the impact should be part of an open debate in society and should be implemented in school curricula.
A perfect storm is an expression that describes an unusual coming together of happenings which when combined will have some disastrous effects.
In England the school system is reaching a point when the developments of the last fifteen years are combining to seriously damage the education of children and young people. This brief paper carries a warning for other European countries who may under pressure from the education for economic growth lobby be tempted to adopt similar policies.
Visit EUCIS-LLL website to see the latest news from Bruxelles regarding education and learning.
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