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South Africa Panel



Social workers are confronted with a variety of biopsychosocial challenges experienced by their clients. Often when asked how they have managed to cope with these challenges, clients cite prayer, meditation, rituals, visualisation and or mindfulness as some of the internal resources and coping measures they draw on. These practices are often integrated in clients' spirituality and religion (S&R) which is engrained in the client's culture. Likewise, social workers' view of S&R in their own lives play an important role in their engagement with clients. Their experiences and expressions of their own S&R influence their approach to practice.  In this seminar, we would like to open dialogue for S&R in social work as a means to create awareness and to develop cultural sensitivity, inclusivity and sensitivity to diversity.

Prof. Dr. Nicole von Langsdorff, EHD University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Dr. Shernaaz Carelse, University of the Western Cape, South Africa



New World Foundation

Charmaine Slinger-Smith

Kim Pillay

New World Foundation, South Africa


Introducing New World Foundation (Non Profit Organisation), based in Cape Town, South Africa, as a placement organisation for a north-south volunteer/student exchange programme. As well as, opportunities for a south-north exchange programme for South African volunteers/students in international institutions/organisations.



The role of Marsh Memorial Homes in the lives of children found in need of care and protection

Jerusha Raghubar

Marsh Memorial Homes Child & Youth Care Centre


The presentation aims to provide insight on the impact of the Home in the lives of children found in need of care and protection specifically those originating from the Cape Flats. Drawing on research conducted.


Russia's War in Ukraine: Reasons, Current Situation & Consequences

Oksana Koshulko

TUM Institute for Advanced Study (TUM-IAS) of the Technical University of Munich


The lecture will be about the war in Europe in the 21st century that the aggressive state of Russia started in Ukraine in 2014 and continued in 2022 as a full-scale invasion of Ukraine against its freedom and a free choice of independent Ukraine to become part of the EU in the nearest future. During the lecture, the reasons, the current situation in Ukraine, as well as, the consequences of the war in Ukraine for the world will be analyzed

Poster Presentation

Creating Educational Spaces for Teen Mothers in Rwandan Secondary Schools

Emmanuel Niyibizi

Jacqueline Mukanziza

Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences (PIASS), Rwanda


There has been a highly increasing trend of early pregnancies in Rwanda since the last two decades. Despite different advocacy and political measures, little is known about how teen mothers are guaranteed the right to education, especially in regard to the support they get from schools. The following paper is centered on exploring spaces for teen mothers in selected secondary schools in Rwanda. with the objective of assessing a fundamental right of the girl child and understanding the inclusive support with regards to gender challenges. It seeks to understand the question of the treatment of teen mothers in secondary schools in Rwanda. The paper adopted a qualitative research design and the target population were teen mothers, teachers, school leaders, and the peers of teen mothers from four selected secondary schools in two districts, constituting two urban and two rural secondary schools. Purposive sampling was used to identify the sample of the study. The data collection was undertaken with semi-structured interviews and content analysis utilized to analyze the data. The results are expected to unravel a latent scourge that hinders inclusivity and discriminative tendencies in the secondary schools of Rwanda and will bring in perspective, reflective action, further research, and a new policy orientation that can stem the tides. This will usher in place a protective rights regime in the educational sector of Rwanda.


Queer hostility as an everyday occurrence

Queerfem* Unit

EHD, University of Applied Sciences


Queer hostility is an everyday occurrence at the EHD. Therefore, the Queerfem* Unit would like to educate and offer a possibility for queer people to express their experiences of discrimination at the same time. For this, we plan to give an overview of which terms are queer-hostile and what queer terms mean. In addition, queer people can express themselves live or anonymously about their experiences of discrimination. In order to maintain anonymity, we would share an anonymous survey via social media beforehand


Modern networking and digital solutions in an aging society

Prof. Dr. Michael Vilain

Dr. Matthias Heuberger

EHD University of Applied Sciences, Germany



Dialog in a fragile context - good practices and challenges in developing Polish-Israeli cooperation in the field of educational

Dominika Zakrzewska-Oledzka

The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland


Jewish minority has been a part of Polish society for over 1000 years, during which the country has experienced alternating periods of development and destruction. This common experience was reflected in the functioning of society. Polish-Jewish relations were particularly affected by the tragic period of the Holocaust. After the establishment of the state of Israel, the difficult knowledge of the common history translated into the complexity of Polish-Israeli relations and caused a build-up of mutual prejudice, which was exacerbated by the closure of Poland under communism.


The Psychology of Learning Styles and Technological Implications

Dr. Hyasinta Kessy

Dr. Imani Mwakamele

Tumaini University Dar Es Salaam College (TUDARCo)


Everything worldwide was created by God differently. This applies to the students we teach. While some learn best by reading and writing, others prefer audio, visual, and multimedia in general. Moreover, our students differ in terms of their brain orientations, either left or right orientations. Let me also mention the students with disabilities, all together forming a heterogeneous classroom.
Educational neuroscience studies need the teacher to be effective and fair to all learners because their cognitive processes are different.
This can be implemented better by integrating several technologies. However, not all the teachers are aware of this.
Hence, teachers need to be trained on the situation and how to implement in the teaching and learning process



Ethical responses to the transformation of society through staff shortage in the health sector. International recruiting of nursing staff from the Philippines to Germany

Matthias Börner

Rhoda Lynn Gregorio

United Evangelical Mission, Dept. International Diakonia, Germany

The lecture deals with the transformation of the social structure as well as the labour situation in Germany due to the demographic development. In order to respond to the nursing shortage in German hospitals and nursing homes, international nursing staff - in this case from the Philippines - are being recruited. The speakers would like to shed light on the possibilities of ethically shaping such a process and then discuss them with the participants.

Poster Presentation

Increasing the desire of students to pursue higher learning education through social media platforms

Lois-Singa Metili

Tumaini University Dar Es Salaam College (TUDARCo), Tanzania


Social Media Platforms have played a significant role in promoting tourism, ways of learning, agriculture and the artistic sector in Tanzania. Institutions of Higher Learning  have also utilized the platform to attract students to join their respective Universities. This presentation is an extract of my research in 20 institutions of higher learning in Tanzania, that are registered by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU), to outline  how they utilized social media platforms to create a health desire for students to pursue their higher education.



Simple Mindfulness and Welness Practices

Dr. Nesime Can

Ankara University, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Turkey


This session will focus on discussing student wellness, and exploring simple, creative and cost/time-effective self-care practices and mindfulness exercises for college students. Participants will learn about protective factors to build personal skills to enhance students’ wellbeing and the necessity of self-care plans. Recommendations for students, faculty, supervisors and mentors will be provided.



Public Space and Children's Rights

Dr. Yasemin Mamur Işıkçı

Nurullah Çalış

Giresun University, Children Rights Research Center,


In the course, the concept of public space will be discussed within the framework of children's democratic rights. After focusing on the importance of public spaces in terms of children's political visibility, the course will discuss how children are thought in cities or other public spaces.



Reflective Action of the Church in the Struggle for Change in Political Culture in Sri Lanka

Rev Rasika Abeysinghe

Rev Nadarajah Arulnathan

Theological College of Lanka, Sri Lanka


Dance performance

A very old man with huge wings
(after narration by Gabriel García Márquez)


B.A. Choreography students

Municipal Institution of Higher Education "Uzhhorod Institute of Culture and Arts", Transcarpathian Regional Council, Ukraine



Education in Ukraine under martial law

Yaroslav Ahiy

Municipal Institution of Higher Education "Uzhhorod Institute of Culture and Arts", Transcarpathian Regional Council, Ukraine


Poster Presentation

Syncretic combination of choreography and performing arts in reding of the latest modern drama "War 2022"

Yelizaveta Babiak

Nataliya Oryeshnikova

Municipal Institution of Higher Education "Uzhhorod Institute of Culture and Arts", Transcarpathian Regional Council, Ukraine



Sensitive topics in education and childhood(s) studies

Urszula Markowska-Manista

University of Warsaw, Poland


Contemporary  societies  are  (over)loaded  with  topics  that  are  sensitive  or  controversial (Hilário & Augusto 2020); they have become inherent to the social world. These topics include many areas related to both the past and present, and affecting the  future  lives  of  modern  generations. 


The Voices of Children - Discussed against the backdrop of current challenges

Nektarios Stellakis and Athanasia Iliopoulou

University of Patras, Greece


Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child describes the importance that states should give to what young people say. In the world's current hotspots, however, little is being said about the situation of young people. The dynamics of flight, displacement, discrimination and hunger reach children worldwide. A journey through different continents and places where children live in situations that are given to states and the community of states to act on makes us sit up and take notice. We will start in Greece. What is the situation of young people there today?


Mobility and agency of young people in contemporary times

Sara Amadasi

Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy


Young people living in a transnational context arrange their own cultural trajectories. Monocultural and nation-centred perspectives, such as those institutionalised in schools, prevent young people from recognising the agency they create through their own ordering of their perceptions and experiences of mobility and places.
Students will present a research project on the use of digital tools to investigate children's sense of attachment to places that populate their lives.


Fluidities, diversities and childhoods

Prof. Dr. Claudia Maier-Höfer

EHD University of Applied Sciences, Germany


Norms concerning sex/gender and sex/gender relations are culturally shaped and make predefined and generalised sense when understood within the societal and scientific paradigm. That there are contradictions, such as that of a common understanding of sex/gender shared by all, is best seen in the fact that sex is not binary and gender is recognised as occurring in a fluid context. Fluid means finding one's own direction for one's life by resorting to various self-chosen references. What is experienced as sex/gender is the wish to be oneself and to live as one desires.  This means that a sex/gender is not expressed as an end in itself, even if it is brought to the fore at a given moment, for example because it needs to be clarified in a particular context.
The desires we carry within us, the ways of self-actualisation within a community and a society take place on a pedagogical/educational and political terrain, which brings both barriers and opportunities. Not every life is what we would call  a success story. Accepting the reality that one has to choose one's own way of life, even as a child, can cause feelings of tension among pedagogues that are accompanying young people.
With the help of biographical accounts, we will look at the fluidity of being and becoming. The aim of the workshop is that pedagogues could be able to support young people, whose realities are already very complex, in an open manner. Thus, it will be a question of avoiding categorisations, diagnoses and prognoses. It will also be a question of moving away from a truth which, until now, has been "magically" handed down to all people at once as the only truth of being on the level of "identity".


Compassion Fatigue or Burnout? What is the difference?

Dr. Nesime Can

Ankara University, Faculty of Educational Sciences,



What is compassion fatigue and burnout? What happens when you care until it hurts too much? How can you help counselors-in-training to develop their own coping skills and enhance their wellness to prevent compassion fatigue? In this lecture, participants will have answers for these questions. Participants will also learn about the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout. Counselor educators and supervisors will learn about creative ways to help beginning counselors to deal with compassion fatigue symptoms.


Contesting Silence: a Case Study on the Impact of Voyeurism in an Indian School

Prayathna Kowitz

Independant Researcher

Research Presentation

Creating spaces for people with disabilities in protestant churches

Rev Jonas Musengimana

Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, Rwanda


The context of exclusion is not a matter of the secular world only but also for the church, what can be done in order to avoid that unethical matter or how to stop it if eventually it exists in the protestant churches? The protestant churches as other churches as well, are made by different members including people with disability. How do the protestant churches take care of people with disability? What does the Bible say about people with disability? What challenges do they face within our churches? What can the protestant churches do to avoid the exclusion of people with disability? In this paper, I am going to discuss all those questions.

Talk / Discussion

Global SPACE in the Village Context

Favor Adelaide Bancin

Muliathy Briany

Protestant Christian Pakpak Dairi Church (GKPPD), Indonesia


"Global SPACE in the Village Context" is a English Conversation program where children aged between 14-18 years meet to improve their English skills. Off course we see English as bridge achieve something better in the future.  In Addition to that, English is key for us to bring Global issues (such as Friday for Future, Climate Change- Climate Justice,Black Lives Metter Movement etc.) in the context of young women-men in Tinada. So they get more brighter perspective on every theme or situation.  


A stupid morning - Mentalizing in Early Childhood Education and Youth Services

Prof. Dr. Holger Kirsch

EHD University of Applied Sciences, Germany


The network mentalization-based pedagogy has developed and implemented a training curriculum mentalization training for educational staff with an Erasmus+ grant. Teaching materials, educational films (German/English) were produced and made freely available. After a short overview of content and objectives, examples and results of the project will be presented.



The post covid-19 aftermaths to the diaconia work with diverse communities

Robert Charles

Tumaini University Dar Es Salaam College (TUDARCo), Tanzania


This presentation will highlights the COVID - 19 situations, trends and the aftermaths of COVID - 19 to the Diakonia work in diverse communities; and strategies which the Diakonia workers may use in reaching the diverse communities in Post COVID - 19 and lastly the Post COVID - 19 way forward for Diakonia work in general. A case study of this presentation will be from Tanzania diverse communities.


Fostering Societal Inclusion - From Theory to Action in just a day!

Dr. Susanne Christ

EHD University of Applied Sciences, Research Management, Germany


In this workshop, we design and plan an inclusive awareness campaign together. We want to show you how easily you can go from a good idea to a great project!

First, we would like to introduce you very briefly to some theoretical approaches to inclusion and exclusion. Then, after having decided on a specific topic that participants would like to address (e.g., living with impairments, in a marginalised group), we will help you to brainstorm and develop your ideas for an awareness campaign (e.g., a social or artistic intervention, media campaign). After that, you are equipped with the necessary project management skills to work on your campaign and pitching it to aid organisations. At the end of the workshop, you will present your campaign to the other participants and you will receive feedback from experts - this could be the start of an exciting real-life project!


The ingenuity of the socially excluded

Dr. Sonja Keil

Assistant Professor, Germany


Which problem-solving skills can we empirically observe in the socially excluded? How can social work leverage these capabilities?

Working with mobile/travelling minorities requires a knowledge of their internal structure and the strengths of these excluded groups. Following a presentation of their problem-solving skills, we will explore the research findings and discuss their implications.



Church and Community Mobilization transforming in Muslim majority

Ps. Waluyo

Harti Ningsih

Sion Foundation Salatiga, Indonesia


Church and Community Mobilization transforming in Muslim majority. CCM is a new approach to mobilize churches and communities with the aim to  achieve the better change. With this program, the church builds cooperation and becomes an agent of change in a multicultural society like Indonesia, where the majority are Muslim. Thus strengthening the relationship between the community and the church through various joint projects.