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TOPIC: Making communities visible

FILM/PHOTO PRESENTATION

THE ORTHODOX CHURCH AND THE ROMA MINORITY: CHALLENGES AND PERSPECTIVES WITHIN THE ROMANIAN CONTEXT

Alexandru Ioniță

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Institute for Ecumenical Research, Romania

 

Beginning with a short presentation about the history of the Roma minority in Romania, I will put into discussion the present situation of the relationship between Orthodox Parishes and the Roma minority with its challenges. Special attention will focus on the potential of the positive role of the Orthodox Church in creating inclusive spaces for the marginalized Roma people in Romania. The primary focus of the presentation will be presenting a practical project dedicated to the inclusive work with Roma (Șura Culturală Gușterița www.suraculturala.ro) and a research project relevant for the event, entitled: „The Role of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Social Integration of Roma People: Towards a Participatory Approach”.


SEMINAR

FORMATION OF CHURCH MINISTERS

Rasika Abeysinghe & Nadarajah Arulnathan

Theological College of Lanka, Sri Lanka

 

Presentation of the field education programme of the Theological College of Lanka.
At our theological college, we have a comprehensive field based education system which is aimed at developing the affective and behavioural skills of our prospective ministers.
It is in three parts, the first a college based field education where students engage in clusters that are essential to the functioning of college. Secondly the students engage in
a four tiered training programme mostly on weekends, which are aimed at parish, caring, pioneering and ecumenical training. And thirdly they are given the possibility of choosing one area of both secular and theological importance and spend a long time on it researching it. Through this programme we hope to build relationships with the outside society and our theological college, we also attempt to reach out to communities that are usually deemed as voiceless or helpless. Also in this process we engage the student to put to practice the spiritualty that is 'learned' in the class in practical work. The end goal is to make a minster who is capable of dealing with any situation, person or group that we can encounter in the local context. It makes our students break comfort zones and move beyond from who they enter the college as, they are called to remake and renew themselves in service and mission, we also expect them to develop an attitude where they must seek reconciliation regardless of colour, race, background, class, upbringing or any other
divisive element.


FILM/PHOTO PRESENTATION

EDUCATION MINISTRY IN THE MIDST OF PLURALITY

Sutarto & Debora Suparni

SMK Tarunatama (Tarunatama Vocational School) & SION Foundation, Indonesia

 

SMK Tarunatama (Tarunatama Vocational School) is a Private Christian School, located in midst of Moslem majority in the slope of Merbabu Mountain. However it is open for all people (Moslem, Christian, budhist, etc). There are around 60% Moslem student, 37% christian, 3% budhist. We have 26 teachers and staff, 22 of them are christian, and 4 of them are Moslem.
Most of the students come from the poor family. And we have to work hardly, smartly, and sincerely to serve and motivate them.


STUDENT PROJECT/RESEARCH PRESENTATION

THE SHIFT OF THE STUDENT OF THEOLOGICAL FACULTY ON THE MEANING OF EUCHARIST IN ADMIST OF COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Suwarto Adi & Gracia Eunike Mongkol

Faculty of Theology, Satya Wacana Christian University, Indonesia

 

The planned topic is about how Christian students here understand the today situation of the pandemic, particularly on the rites of eucharist. Before the pandemic attacks us, eucharist is conducted collectively and there is a visual symbol that they are looking at; so by visual performance, they can participate, religiously or theologically, and it and generate a kind of spirit to a new life. Today, because of pandemic, there was no visual performance of eucharist religious rites. How do they reinterpret the eucharist without a visual symbol? Do they have the same meaning or something different from the eucharist?


LECTURE

FEMALE CHURCH MINISTERS IN A PATRIARCHAL SOCIETY: EXAMPEL OF DEACONESSES IN BATAK-CHURCH INDONESIA

Tioria Sihombing

Huria Kristen Batak Protestan-Indonesia

 

The Huria Kristen Batak-Church (founded 1861) has 4.5 million members and is agreed as the biggest Lutheran church in Southeast Asia. Ludwig Ingwer Nommensen is known as the “Apostle to the Bataks” for his successful ministry to bring Christianity to the Bataks. Almost all her members belong to Batak Toba-ethnic. Batak is the fourth bigger ethnic group in Indonesia. Therefore, understanding this church is impossible without its relation to the patriarchal culture of Batak.
The first female pastor was ordained 1986, while male pastor 1885. The church accepted the ordination of “Bibelwoman” in 1935. The first ordination of Deaconess took place in 1983. Her task emphasizes on social work of the church. The first deaconesses of the church were educated in Kaiserswerth Germany and some were blessed as Deaconess there. These sisters started the deaconess work in the Batak-Church bringing some “traditions” they have learned during their school time in Germany, such as a community of “single women” which was founded 1961 and the presence of a “Mutterhaus” built in 1964. Both traditions are not common in Batak-society!
Later, the work of these sisters has led to a bigger community of deaconess opened to single and married deaconesses. Beforehand, only single women could be ordained as deaconess. Currently 70% of them have family. The involvement in various diaconic fields of the church.
This presentation will introduce and discuss some chances and challenges faced by the deaconesses of the Batak-Church with two focuses: history and organizational development.  


SEMINAR

ACADEMIZATION OF DIACONIA AND SOCIAL WORK IN TANZANIA: THE SPECIAL APPROACH OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AND STUDY PROGRAMS

Robert Charles & Rev. Wilbroad Mastai

Tumaini Univeristy Dar Es Salaam College (TUDARCo) & Kimara Congregation of the ELCT: ECD, and UEM Diaconia Dept, Tanzania

 

This presentation will potray some insights on the initiatives of academizing the Diakonia and Social Work in international study programs, open their minds for wider Diaconia perspectives from Southern countries and raise the interest in wider international cooperation. This presentation will also give a practical implementation of the Alumnae who succeded to change the destiny of the most unprivilleged and devastated community through Diaconia work in the congregation.


ESSAY & VIDEO

THE PREFEDDED FUTURE OF ADVANCING CHRISTIAN HIGHER EDUCATION: AN INDONESIAN PERSPECTIVE

Gloria Wilhelmina Verdina

Duta Wacana Christian University Yogyakarta, Indonesia

 

The Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 has affected lives and required some significant changes in many aspects, specifically in advancing an Indonesian Christian higher education. It is based on the launch of an inclusive community-based scholarship fund project that represented how prominent the Christian Indonesian philanthropic response to the outbreak in the local context. From the idea of working hand-in-hand as part of a legacy of social solidarity - known as "Gotong Royong" tradition, a pearl of Indonesian local wisdom - to developing a tangible community-based project consists of people with various beliefs, ages and socioeconomic status, the project created possibilities and provide opportunities and networking for many parties. It is to be hoped that the sustainability of the project will embrace the unity in diversity, sustain the advancement of a Christian higher education in a minority context and inspire other inclusive community-based projects worlwide.


SEMINAR

DIGITAL MINISTRY

David Sihite

Jakarta Theological Seminary, Indonesia

 

how we can use digital mediums to be more effective in our ministry, particularly in the times of Covid19. This topic also discuss about strategy, risk and opportunity, practice, and some example of projects.



TOPIC: Making Youth and Families Visible

SEMINAR

BROADEN YOUR HORIZON! AN INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON OF CHILD AND YOUTH CARE WORK IN GERMANY AND SOUTH AFRICA

Nicole von Langsdorff, Carelse Shernaaz & Candice Warner

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany & University of the Western Cape, Capetown, South Africa

 

In this seminar, institutions, methods and concepts of child and youth welfare in South Africa (and Germany) will be presented. Afterwards, a comparison between both countries will be made in order to learn about similarities and differences. The question of the significance of spirituality and ethical questions in Social Work and Child- and Youth Care Work in South Africa and Germany will also be an issue of this seminar.


STUDENT SCIENTIFIC AND PRACTICAL CONFERENCE

THEORY AND PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK WITH DIFFERENT GROUPS OF THE POPULATION

Olga Vericheva, Ekaterina Smirnova & Marina Metz

Kostroma State University, Russia & Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany

 

If you are interested in contributing to this student conference as a student, please contact Marina Metz marina.metz@eh-darmstadt.de

 

The student conference offers the opportunity to share your own research and practical projects, present results and exchange ideas for future projects. The contributions are planned for a maximum of 10 minutes. Afterwards, 5 to 10 minutes are available for discussion. There is a possibility to publish the conference results (with the assignment of I SBN).

 

The conference starts with the contribution „Mobility programs for international exchange of students“ by Mateusz Marciniak, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland.


LECTURE

INTERACTIVE FORMS OF WORK WITH CHILDREN AND TEENAGERS IN THE CITY

Elena Karpova

Kostroma State University, Russia

 

Interactive forms of work with children and teenagers in the urban environment, their educational potential will be presented as part of the lesson. The features of their organization, the features of the inclusion of children and teenagers, the role of a specialist in their conduct will be considered. The lesson will be accompanied by photo and video material.


LECTURE

SOCIAL WORK TECHNOLOGIES AIMED AT INTEGRATING CHILDREN FROM FAMILIES OF INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE (russian and english language)

Madlen Mikayelyan & Zara Grigoryan

Vanadzor State University after H. Tumanyan, Armenia

 

Currently, there are internally displaced people living in Armenia, who for different reasons left their homes and moved to a permanent place of residence in Armenia. For the most part, these are large families that face numerous problems, one of which is the integration of the children of these families in a new society. Such families need professional help of different specialists, including social workers. In our lecture we introduce some technologies of social work aimed at integrating children from families of internally displaced people.


TOPIC: Making refugees visible

LECTURE

GREECE AND THE DILEMMA AT THE EUROPEAN EXTERNAL BORDER

Nektarios Stellakis

University of Patras, Greece

 

Until 30 years ago, Greek society identified itself as relatively homogeneous: one language, one culture, one pride in its past. Under the surface, of course, there were many different groups, but the narrative stood. During the 1990s, Greece received many migrants who gradually integrated into society. The organization of the 2004 Olympics were recognized as a success story. A few years later, in 2009, the European financial crisis resulted in severe consequences for most marginalized groups. In the midst of the financial crisis, about one million people arrived in the country with the intention of traveling to Central and Western Europe, referred to as the "refugee crisis". All these events have questions for citizens*, political parties, artists*, religious groups and of course teachers, parents and children. The (Greek) word "dialogue" can serve as a lighthouse to help Greek society to follow a humanistic, democratic, respectful and solidary path, free from "barbarism" (a Greek word for the non-Greek). Main axon is "dialogue, respect and democracy against racism, barbarism, fascism". I will explain many examples of both extremes in order to present the conflict of narratives to the students, thus providing an opportunity to discuss the role of education in times of crisis.


TALK/DISCUSSION/WORKSHOP

INTERCULTURAL WORKSHOPS AS SPACES OF DISCUSSION, EXCHANGE AND VISIBILITY

Beatrice Monique Kaulertz

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

 

In this workshop we discuss what kinds of "spaces" for meeting and discussing are needed for refugee newcomers in the university. How can these spaces be created? What are topics in these spaces? What does make these spaces useful for the participants and what are obstacles for enriching encounters?


WORKSHOP

THE INGENUITY OF THE SOCIALLY EXCLUDED

Sonja Keil, Germany

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, 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.


FILM/PHOTO PRESENTATION with DISCUSSION

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES? - BIOGRAPHIES OF YOUNG REFUGEES IN POEMS AND PROSE

Cooperation of „Schüler gegen Vergessen und für Demokratie“ /students against oblivion and for democracy“ and students with migration background of Lichtenbergschule - Gymnasium Europaschule und Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany (Margit Sachse und Claudia Maier-Höfer)

 

Barriers that young people experience when they are born or arrive in a host country and continue with their learning are put into words by themselves. A language for education must be developed quickly enough. It is the national language that is first experienced from a distance and in the context of discrimination and exclusion in a subject called "German as a Second Language" / DaZ outside the normal classroom for all students*. These stories of language learning have no lobby because only the outcome is expected.
As part of a writing-art project of the Hessian Ministry of Culture, Dilek Güngör worked with students in Darmstadt to create an approach not only to language, but also to the particular stories of education and their reflection on the part of the students. In prose and poetry they present and share these stories. They also share their experiences with language learning and education by now working in tandems with younger students to help them enter the German education system. "Raise your voice" is the motto they pass on to the younger ones. Participating in the shaping of equal opportunities and setting an example means not allowing girls and boys with a migration background to be left alone with the structural inequality of opportunities and their fear of not being enough, and to be discriminated against.
The texts of the students are compiled in a film in English and German with English subtitles. Afterwards, the writers will be available for discussion.


TOPIC: Making Homeless People Visible

TALK/DISCUSSION

CREATING SPACE FOR THE PEOPLE IN NEED: HOUSING FIRST FOR FAMILIES IN BRNO, CZECH REPUBLIC

Gábor Oláh

University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

 

The talk gives short introduction about the situation of the homeless in Czech republic and focuses on one of the solutions, and also offers sociological reflection of the problem as a whole. The talk will focus on the evaluation of the project Housing first for families in Brno. Creating accessible, affordable and quality accommodation for families in need leads to better integration possibilities into society.


TOPIC: Making differences visible

PHOTO PRESENTATION

ONE´S OWN AND THAT OF OTHERS /

DAS EIGENE UND DAS FREMDE

A PHOTO EXHIBITION IN MIXED LANGUAGES

(mixed languages)

students of module 11 of study course Inclusive Education

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany


WORKSHOP

DRAMA METHOD IN WORKING WITH CULTURALLY DIVERSE GROUPS

Mateusz Marciniak

Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland

 

The drama method might be useful tool for integration of diverse groups and for prevention of marginalization in context of internationalization of University.
The aim of the workshop is to broaden insight into perception and communication while facing multicultural environment. The drama method will be used for overview and exchange of the experiences of workshops participants.

The workshop will be divided into 2 main parts.
1) Drama workshops for diverse cultural group of academic students:
a) The culture concepts: Identification of  cognitive maps of the world.
b) The Intercultural diversity: Experience of being “The Other”.
c) The intercultural communication: The perception of time, work and relations.
2) Farewells and reflection: What is my role on the road into understanding of internationalization?


TOPIC: Other

WORKSHOP

EDUCATIONAL QUEST FOR YOUTH

Olga Minovskaia & Alexander Turygin

Kostroma State University, Russia

 

Educational quests improve young people's motivation to learning. They are interested in completing tasks, overcoming trying situations. The teacher has the opportunity to put deep ideas into the quest. Interesting tasks help you study complex educational content.
Workshop is an opportunity to share our teaching techniques and ideas. The meeting involves three parts: a lecture, a creative process, a discussion.


WORKSHOP

CREATIVE WRITING TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Susanne Christ  & Kerstin Rüther

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt & Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

 

In our workshop, we explore how creative writing techniques can enable you to make your voice heard.



Cultural and Social Programme

City tour of Kostroma, Russia

Olga Vericheva  & Students of the direction of training "Social work" 1-2 course

Kostroma State University, Russia

 

In the format of a slide presentation with sound accompaniment, a tour of the historical center of Kostroma is presented, a brief overview of the history of the emergence of the city of its originality and its significance in the multicultural space of Russia is given.


Live guided city tour of Frankfurt, Germany

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany

 

City tour "Highlights of Frankfurt"


Inclusive Theater Production

CHAOS --> PUBERTY --> OVERWHELMING

Stefanie Habicht, Johannes Christopher Maier & Gerline Meeth

Junges Theater Höchst Inklusiv, Germany

 

Sixteen teens and young adults with or without  "disability" show their challenges of growing up.
We started as an exclusive therapy and years later we rocked the stage inclusive together.
We will show you a film of one of our stage plays of the year 2019. (the play will be in german language only)
Afterwards the leading team will love to answer your questions (germany and english language).


Virtual Escape Room game (limited number of participants: 20)

Film set - Hollywood escapade

 

A virtual escape room game is a game in which participants confined to a (virtual) room (...) are given a set amount of time to find a way to escape (as by discovering hidden clues and solving a series of riddles or puzzles)(https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/escape%20room)

This specific escape room game takes place at a film set in Hollywood. You and the other participants will solve a mysterious robbery with Sherlock Holmes.

 

If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to creating-spaces@eh-darmstadt.de until May 12th. If there will be more than 20 people interested we will draw lots in order to determine who will be allowed to play.


Music

A BIT OF RELAXING HARP MUSIC FOR A PEACEFUL EVENING

Anja Göbel

School Social Worker, former student of Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt

 

Let us unite for a little while, in whichever part oft he world we may be, and relax in peace with some calming harp music.
Please feel free to grab your instrument -doesn`t have to be a harp ;) - and bring your own relaxing song with you.


 

“Walking” through the International Forest Art exhibition in Darmstadt

Ute Ritschel

 

20 years International Forest Art Association in Darmstadt

 

"Forest art brings together the creative forces of the forest and the artists."

 

Since 2002 the International Forest Art Path Biennale takes place in the Darmstadt on a 2.6 km path. Forest Art designs sustainable works of art in the nature with site-specific and process-oriented installations and performances. So far 14 forest art trails and 8 forest art conferences have been held in Darmstadt, USA and China. There is a cooperation with Abidjan Green Art since 2019.

 

Every two years, artists from countries around the globe come to the Darmstadt Forest to build their artworks. The forest art path with around 40 works of art is accessible all year round, the art experience combines with a walk in nature. An extensive program with guided tours, performances, theater, music and children's program brings interested people and artists in personal contact.

 

Apart from the forest art path, the association operates the International Forest Art Center with a gallery and an outdoor exhibition space for about 20 art works. Also we are running an all summer “Children Art Waggon” in the forest with free workshops every Sunday for kids and families.
So far, 200 artists from 39 countries with 307 artworks were involved. We have 150 or more activities per year and had during Corona about 200.000 visitors in the forest.


 

TOPIC: Making inclusive education visible

WORKSHOP

INTEGRATION OF THE SOCIO-CULTURAL SPACE OF THE HEARING AND ACOUSTICALLY CHALLENGED PEOPLE THROUGH THE ACTIVITIES OF THE DIRECTION OF THE THEATER OF FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AND GESTURE "DO YOU HEAR?!" OF THE YOUTH ASSOCIATION OF THE PEOPLE'S COLLECTIVE OF AMATEUR ART WORK "THE EXPERIMENTAL STUDIO MY LITTLE THEATER"

Olga Moshenko & Karina Zaytseva 

Kursk State University, Russia

 


The plan of the performance

 

1.     Video performance "Tell me the music", episode 1 "Violin" (10 min)

 

2.     Practical introduction to the Russian sign language

 

3.     Presentation of a student project within the framework of the team's activities

 


SEMINAR

INCLUSION WITHOUT EXCLUSION. INCLUSION REALLY MEANS ALL!

Anne-Dore Stein

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany

 

The seminar will focus on the understanding of an Inclusive Education system and pedagogy which allows to include every child. We will discuss the parameters and preconditions of such a pedagogy and the challenges of its realization in Germany nowadays.


TALK/DISCUSSION

PSYCHOLOGICAL WORK WITH CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

Vanane Mizoyan

Vanadzor State University after H. Tumanyan, Armenia

 

Symptoms and features of children with autism. Problems of diagnosis, characteristics of emotional, cognitive processes, behavior and  behavioral reactions. Communication of children with autism with peers and parents.


LECTURE

ISSUES OF SPATIAL THINKING FORMATION IN PSYCHOLOGICAL THEORIES OF LEARNING

Margarita Shahverdyan & Gohar Dokholyan

Vanadzor State University after H. Tumanyan, Armenia

 

With the change in the paradigm of education, some popular teaching theories that offer different ways of shaping and developing the thinking of schoolchildren (associative-reflexive, the theory of the gradual formation of mental actions, the concept of types of generalization in teaching) acquired a new meaning. In the theories analyzed, the cognition process is presented as a process of synthesis of the results of activity. In contrast to the above mentioned theories, we propose to consider the process of formation of mathematical concepts through the analytical method of cognition in teaching, which makes the student involved in the process of “genetic” development of the concept. Today, when the process of technologization of education is underway, the application of this approach is becoming more and more relevant.


TALK/DISCUSSION

ISSUE OF ORGANIZING INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN SECONDARY SCHOOL

Nare Hovhannisyan & Mane Mkrtchyan, Asya Abovyan, Lilit Niazyan

Vanadzor State University after H. Tumanyan, Armenia

 

I have carried out research on inclusive education and would like to present the outcomes of my research.  Afterwards I would like to have a discussion with my international audience about the issues of inclusive education.


FILM/PHOTO PRESENTATION

STUDENT'S PROJECT "IPP-QUEST" (QUEST OF INSTITUTE OF PEDAGOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY)

Natalia Shipova

Kostroma State University, Russia

 

The film tells about a student's project of creating a quest room. Tasks in this room take into account the psychophysiological characteristics of children with disabilities. Quest room is a new form of educational and entertainment programs for Russia. It helps children
to be completely immersed in event. Children receive a charge of positive emotions and are actively involved in developing activities.


LECTURE

SOCIAL AND PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICE WITH DEVIANT CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

Dmitry Vorontsov

Kostroma State University, Russia

 

The lecture examines the practical aspects of the work of a social teacher and other school specialists with deviant children and adolescents. Opportunities and limitations of employees in the education system.


FILM/PHOTO PRESENTATION

STUDENT EDUCATIONAL PRACTICE OF THE INSTITUTE OF PEDAGOGY AND PSYCHOLOGY

Tatiana Adeeva & Ulyana Sevastyanova

Kostroma State University, Russia

 

We want to tell you about the practice of students of the specialty "Special Psychology and Education". Students will tell you where they practice, what methods they use in their work, and share their impressions. You will see photos of the classes


LECTURE

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN POST-GENOCIDE SITUATION, RWANDA: POLITICAL ORIENTATION, PRACTICES AND CHALLENGES

Emmanuel Niyibizi

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

 

In this contribution, I would like to share existing policies of inclusive education in Rwanda. Moreover, I will reflectively share my observations as far as inclusive education practices are concerned. More than that, I would like to discuss challenges as well as perspectives.



TOPIC: Making children visible

LECTURE

GROWING UP ON THE RUN - PLACES IN THE IN-BETWEEN SPACE

Urszula Markowska-Manista & Olena Sakaliuk
The University of Warsaw, Poland

 

In this seminar we will discuss the lives of young people and the challenges for education in refugee camps. Refugee camps construct life stories of adults and young people. Each camp has its unique history of dependence on humanitarian aid and a unique history of activities in search of alternatives to stagnation and the goal of initiating new possibilities for action within the limited development available. We will discuss international projects and practices that support education and the resulting process of rooting in place (refugee camps). We will also analyze educational practices focused on youth work and activism (in both local and global dimensions), as well as the dilemmas of education in a refugee camp related to both inclusion in and exclusion from society.


LECTURE
PSYCHOLOGICAL CARE OF TRAUMATIZED CHILDREN IN DOMBAS WARZONE IN UKRAINE

Olena Sakaliuk

The University of Warsaw, Poland

 

The changes in Ukraine have changed the attitude towards children and young people affected by the armed conflict
armed conflict in the east of the country. Hence, in this presentation, I analyse the situation of children in the midst of war and search for ways to solve the problem. I draw attention to the offers of social and educational support for children affected by military aggression in Ukraine in terms of ensuring, respecting, and protecting children's rights.


SEMINAR

RIGHTS OF CHILDREN "OUT OF PLACE" IN THE JANUSZ KORCZAK EDUCATIONAL METHODS

Dominika Zakrzewska-Oldzka

The Maria Grzegorzewska University, Poland

 

During the seminar participants will learn about the sensitive social context of Janusz Korczak work with children and the specific of education methods implemented by him, that were aimed at promoting children rights and empowering children to be active in taking decisions that concerned their situation. We will also discuss Korczak understanding of the children rights and implementation of his methods nowadays at the educational centres.


WORKSHOP

TRANS*CARE - SELFDETERMINATION OF GENDER AND THE ETHICS OF LISTENING

Claudia Maier-Höfer

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany

 

Self-determination of gender is expressed in a singular way. This is a challenge for listening to on the part of adults. An ethical-aesthetic reception is linked to a rationality that adults elaborate in their own ways of thinking and what they want to change about themselves and their position in the structures. The transformation of social practices emerges from these moments as "lines of flight and resistance" that emanate from young people who determine their own gender. This approach of post-structuralism is given space in the discourse to expand the ontology of gender assignment and creative practices in kindergarten, school and social work.


POSTER PRESENTATION

FORMATION OF TOLERANCE OF PRIMARY SCHOOLCHILDREN IN THE CONTEXT OF EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Tatyana Sutyagina

Kostroma State University, Russia

 

Younger school age as the most important period of human psychosocial development. At this age, the child is included in adult life, forms his identity and assimilates various social roles. His global life orientation depends on how he will relate to the world in general, to himself and others in this world. An attitude of tolerance and trust is the foundation of human coexistence, not conflict. The affirmation of the spirit of tolerance in the school, the formation of an attitude towards it as the most important value of society is a significant contribution of school education to the development of a culture of peace on Earth.
Raising a tolerant personality is a complex process carried out by the entire social reality surrounding the child. It is the teacher who plays a huge role in educating the child in the spirit of tolerance. But this does not happen spontaneously. For it to be purposeful, it is necessary to create an organized pedagogical activity in the classroom, full-fledged work of a teacher with students. The primary school teacher is faced with the task of fostering tolerant principles of interaction in children, that is, not innate, but developing, undergoing stimulation and correction.
In extracurricular activities, the student's position changes significantly: indirect pedagogical guidance replaces the teacher's indirect pressure on the student through interaction with the student collective, which increases the activity of students in all types of activities.
In primary school, teachers must uphold and embody the values of tolerance that foster the successful interaction of each child in the school community, the social adaptation of children and the development of the ability to resist intolerant relationships.


TOPIC: Making people with disability visible

SEMINAR

STRATEGIES OF CREATING EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES: MLANDIZI VOCATIONAL TRAINING CENTRE IN TANZANIA

Caroline Shedafa

Evanglical Lutheran Church in Tanzania - Eastern and Coastal Diocese

 

The presentation will give an overview of the situation of people with disability in Tanzania and on how the Mlandizi Project was started, how the vision was developed, how it is implemented. The presentation wants to inform and inspire participants who are interested in learning about social work in the disability sector in an African country.


FILM/PHOTO PRESENTATION

WORK OF VOLUNTEERS IN THE PUBLIC ORGANISATION OF ADULTS WITH MENTAL DISORDERS "WHITE DOLPHIN"

Svetlana Khazova

Kostroma State University, Russia

 

We will talk about the work of student volunteers with adults with mental disabilities. The presentation shows the experience of students in organizing holidays, hiking trips, sports events with adults with intellectual disabilities.


LECTURE

DAY CENTER FOR PEOPLE WITH FUNCTIONAL DEFICITS AND THE INITIAL STAGE OF AGE-ASSOCIATED COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT OF THE OGBU "ZAVOLZHSKY BOARDING HOUSE FOR ELDERLY CITIZENS AND DISABLED PEOPLE"

Olga Vericheva & Ekaterina Romanova 

Kostroma State University & Zavolzhsky boarding house for elderly citizens and disabled people, Russia

 

In the form of an excursion, hospital-replacing technologies of the care system for elderly citizens and the disabled will be presented.


LECTURE

LIFE TRAJECTORIES OF ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES

Svetlana Khazova & Natalia Shipova, Tatiana Adeeva

Kostroma State University, Russia

 

The lecture identifies the main problems of personal development of people with disabilities in adulthood. The analysis  specifics of the life trajectories of people with different types of disorders is presented.


STUDENT PROJECT/RESEARCH PRESENTATION

„LEAVES DON`T SHINE INTO THE SUN“* - DOING ART BETWEEN PARTICIPATION AND EXCLUSION

Elke Schimpf und Anja Göbel

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany

 

We will present the results from a B.A. thesis that dealt with the possibilities and boundaries of doing art, in relation to extended empowerment of the addressees of social work against a background of social exclusion and ambivalent experiences of belonging.
A focal point for us is to make people with impairments have their say and be taken seriously.
So in our presentation we will focus on ethnographic observations carried out during the research in artists’ groups, in a facility where people with impairments live and work. We will present works of artists with impairments that demonstrate their experiences with and thoughts concerning exclusion, or not-belonging and belonging.
We would be happy to share and discuss perspectives and the consequences of different actions for social work, in relation to how to shape artistic offers to be a resource of empowerment and create spaces of belonging for their addressees.
*Title of a painting by an artist with impairments


TOPIC: Making history visible

VIRTUAL INSTITUTION VISIT
CONVOI 77 - REMEMBERING THE LIVES AND STORIES OF DEPORTEES
Julie Bronstering, Serge Jacubert, Georges Meyer, Claire Podetti & Laurence Klejman

Convoi 77, France

 

Convoi 77 – remembering the lives and stories of the deportees of one of the last convoys from Drancy to Auschwitz. Our goal: writing a biography for each and every one, in order not to forget. Presentation of our work, our aims and the motives of our organization in a short English video, followed by a round of questions with the German volunteer Julie Bronstering. How do the biographies come to life? Who is involved with the process and how are we coping with the current situation?

 


TALK/DISCUSSION

MAKING FIRST NATIONS PEOPLE IN CANADA/NEW BRUNSWICK VISIBLE

John Valk, David Perley, Imelda Perley, Patsy McKinney & Carol Nemeroff

University of New Brunswick, Canada

 

In our talk we will speak about
1) Creating Spaces in the public educational system for enhancing knowledge, culture, history and spirituality of First Nations People;
2) Creating Spaces within the dominant Canadian culture for the flourishing of First Nations knowledge, culture, history and spirituality;
3) Creating Spaces for First Nations People to regain confidence in themselves and in their rich heritage and culture;
4) Creating Spaces within First Nations communities to regain their own rich heritage and culture.


LECTURE

IS JEWISH PEDAGOGY DIFFERENT? PERSPECTIVES OF A DIALOGICAL PEDAGOGY TODAY IN THE LIGHT OF JEWISH EDUCATION'S GREAT PERSONALITIES IN THE 20TH CENTURY

Gesa Biffio

Jewish International School Berlin - Masorti Elementary School

 

Against the background of the dialogue concepts by Martin Buber and Janusz Korczak, the seminar will examine current music education projects that draw on Jewish education sources. These include institutionally established formats for music kindergartens and schools and intercultural music projects in work with refugees and interreligious music education programs in Germany and Israel.


FILM/PHOTO PRESENTATION + DISCUSSION

STUDENTS AGAINST OBLIVION FOR DEMOCRACY

Cooperation of „Schüler gegen Vergessen und für Demokratie“ /students against oblivion and for democracy“ der Lichtenbergschule - Gymnasium Europaschule and Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany (Margit Sachse und Claudia Maier-Höfer)

 

Presentation of the international participative WebApp  "footprints for freedom - united against antisemitism, racism and hate".
In a film we first present the international Webapp and its function. Memorials and the culture of remembrance in the Rhine-Main area will be presented. From working out the history of the Holocaust, to making Jewish life recognizable in the present, attention is drawn to the dynamics of exclusion, hatred and violence that became visible in attacks in Germany in Hanau and Halle. Subsequently, the culture of remembering will be related to the discussions on right-wing ideologies that function globally in networks, and the recognition of prejudices that are taken for granted will be elaborated. What remembering means in this context will be explained by the students using the app. The film is in English and the discussion will also take place in English.


WORKSHOP

PARTICIPATION AT AND CONTRIBUTION TO THE WebApp “footprints for freedom – united against antisemitism, racism and hate” FOR ALL WHO BECAME VISIBLE DURING THE CONFERENCE AND BEYOND

Cooperation of „Schüler gegen Vergessen und für Demokratie“ /students against oblivion and for democracy“ der Lichtenbergschule - Gymnasium Europaschule and Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany (Margit Sachse und Claudia Maier-Höfer)

 

Teachers and learners can upload contributions to the app on relevant topics they have developed during the International Week and before. The importance of remembering and the importance of not forgetting are linked together in order to create a digital event that encompasses both local and global dynamics. The forms of remembering expand to recognize projects in the present that embark on a common search for traces in a pluralistic society now and in the near future.  Searching traces and creating new ones with one’s own life being open minded, reflexive and emphatic is shared via the Webapp.
We will talk together about the content to be elaborated and upload what is already compiled on the Webapp.


TALK/DISCUSSION

TALKING ABOUT THE HOLOCAUST WITH MUSLIM STUDENTS - "We cannot expect young people to show interest in the suffering of other people if we do not show interest in their own history.”

Sabeth Schmidthals, Margit Sachse

teachers

 

History teacher Sabeth Schmidthals presents her project together with young people from Berlin. In order to find a common approach to the history of the Holocaust in Germany, she talks with young people from different countries of origin about anti-Semitism and the persecution of Jewish people in the past and in the present. Afterwards there will be a discussion with Sabeth Schmidthals and the (former) students Chrissi, Omar and Isra.


PRESENTATION OF PLANNED PROJECT

KNOWING ABOUT EACH OTHER IS WORKING TOGETHER - A MEETING OF LIBERAL WOMEN RELIGIOUS REPRESENTATIVES FROM GERMANY AND FRANCE

Château d’Orion and team, France

 

Society in crisis, migration and the fear of the supposedly feared "alienation" have to do directly with different traditions coming together. The different denominations play a major role in this. What task can the denominations themselves take on to promote peaceful social coexistence and make a meaningful contribution to future-oriented thinking and action?
On the basis of Franco-German friendship, taking into account the different national conditions, we ask ourselves how the religions can succeed in transforming hatred, violence and intolerance into understanding for each other. In both countries there is an increase in extremist, especially anti-Semitic attacks and assaults.
In 2021, four world religions will meet in Château d'Orion, namely four representatives each of a liberal faith from Germany and France. Their main topics: Peaceful coexistence, migration, gender justice and combating racism and anti-Semitism. They are inspired by regional, historical circumstances, including the Gurs internment camp, the Protestant Jeanne d'Albret Museum in Orthez.  In addition, the young generation on both the German and French sides will be asking questions.
A film documentary will not only capture the encounter, it will also tell the stories of courageous women who dare to overcome social divisions through their religions in order to search together for solutions and new ways of cooperation.


TOPIC: Making LGBT*IQ people visible

TALK/DISCUSSION

LIBERTY.IDENTITY.ME!

THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER: HIGHER EDUCATION AND QUEER IDENTITY

Chantal Habicht-Mosterts, Lissa Anstätt, René van der Drift & Annika Beer

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Hogeschool Leiden, NL & Vielbunt e.V. Darmstadt, Germany

 

Gender identity, gender expression, biological sex, sexual orientation – ME!
This workshop puts its focus on everyday experiences of LGBTIQ people of both the Netherlands and Germany. Starting with a theoretical input of the topic by lecturer René van der Drift from Hogeschool Leiden there will be different people from the Netherlands and Germany talking about their struggles and experiences with (institutional) discrimination at higher education facilities as students, lecturer or researcher. There will be time for questions and discussion in break-out rooms. One goal of the discussion in break-out rooms is to come up with ideas and concepts to help higher education facilities to become more diverse and welcoming for LGBT*IQ people.



TOPIC: Making health & mental health visible

SEMINAR, FILM/PHOTO PRESENTATION

PSYCHOLOGICAL FITNESS - A PROJECT OF UNIVERSITY PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICE IMPLEMENTED DURING THE PANDEMIC

Elena Domyreva & Svetlana Ilina, Elena Larina, Lyudmila Dukhova 

Kursk State University, Russia

 

We present the experience of the psychological service of Kursk State University and, in particular, the implementation of the Psychological fitness project during the coronavirus pandemic and distance learning. The project is aimed at reducing risks and creating a psychologically safe educational environment for all its participants during the emergent transition to distance learning. Professors and students of the Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology of KSU have developed a series of online events aimed at preserving the psychological health of participants in educational relations. During the project implementation, we used such methods of work as art therapy, relaxation exercises, psychological education, training exercises.


TALK/DISCUSSION - international scientific seminar

PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING OF A PERSON AND A GROUP IN THE CONTEXT OF A PANDEMIC AND SELF-ISOLATION

Anna Samokhvalova, Maria Saporovskaya  & Monojit Ray Principa

Kostroma State University & Barrackpore Rastraguru Surendranath College, Russia


TOPIC: Making elderly people visible

LECTURE

GROWING SUSTAINABLE (DIGITAL) NETWORKS TO SUPPORT ELDERLY

Michael Vilain & Matthias Heuberger

Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt & Institute for Future Studies - Protestant University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt, Germany

 

Inidividual social networks are a natural but rarely well reflected part of everyday life. As we grow older not only do our mental and physical abilities change. Also size and support capacity of personal networks decrease in old age, leading to growing isolation and loneliness. As recent studies show this can result in a loss of quality of life, a rise in multimorbidity or mental disorders. Hence, forms of rebuilding personal networks can contribute to the living situation of the elderly.
This lecture reflects a research project the IZGS conducted for the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Germany) between 2016 and 2020. The results from two investigation areas show that it is possible to generate new sustainable and partially digitally organized personal caring- and sharing networks under certain circumstances. 


LECTURE

TECHNOLOGIES FOR ACTIVE AGING IN SOCIAL WORK WITH THE ELDERLY

Olga Vericheva & Ekaterina Vasilkova

Kostroma State University & Zavolzhsky boarding house for elderly citizens and disabled people, Russia

 

Population aging is generally recognized as one of the main global challenges to socio-economic development. At the same time, in recent decades, the world has seen a transformation of the perception of aging from an acutely negative to a balanced one, taking into account not only the problems arising from the change in the age structure of the population, but also the opportunities that open up in the spheres of consumption, lifestyle and quality of life, economic, social and political activity, and also education. Active aging, formulated in 2002 in the World Health Organization's Framework for Active Aging, describes “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, community participation and human security to improve the quality of life as we age”. Active aging technologies are aimed at developing and realizing human potential, which is based on an increase in life expectancy. The lecture will consider the forms and methods of creating conditions for the continuation of a productive and independent life by all citizens, while simultaneously mobilizing the potential of an aging society for its continuous sustainable development.


STUDENT PROJECT/RESEARCH PRESENTATION

DIACONIA AND AGEING: EXPERIENCES FROM UNITED EVANGELICAL MISSION - UEM

Rev. Godwin Ampony & Rev. Matthias Börner

United Evangelical Mission - UEM, Germany

 

The world is increasingly experiencing population ageing, a phenomena which is being observed both in the global north as well as the global south . While some governments particularly those in the global north are taking action to meet the changing demographic pattern in ageing, same cannot be said by the global south governments. Absence of strong welfare system targeted at the elderly remains a major challenge . Many Governments in the global south likewise Churches and diaconical institutions are not in a better position of meeting the needs of population ageing . The research is aimed at developing a diaconal response to ageing which is a growing global phenomenon but have more with local and contextual implications. Expected findings and results is to equip diaconia institutions and churches in designing and implementing Ageing Programmes and Projects in local context. The research as an ongoing work has employed combination of different research approaches including; Action Research, Case Study, Qualitative, Quantitative, Survey, and Narrative inquiry and stories. Findings and results of the research would be presented in an International conference in October 2021 in Sri Lanka and later published.
The empirical data on which the research is based on is from the World Population Perspectives: 2019 Version. The population outlook forecast that globally by 2050, one (1) in six (6) people in the world will be over age 65 (16%), up from one (1) in eleven (11) in 2019 (9%). Its further projects that by 2050, one (1) in four (4) persons living in Europe and Northern America could be aged 65 or over.  From 2010 population ageing was estimated at 43 million, the population of elderly people in sub-Saharan Africa is projected to reach 67 million by 2025 and 163 million by 2050. In the case for Asia content, it is expected that by 2050, one in four people in Asia and the Pacific will be over 60 years old. The population of older persons (aged over 60) in the region will triple between 2010 and 2050, reaching close to 1.3 billion people.


LECTURE

THE NEW PHENOMENON OF ELDERLY HOMES IN RWANDA: ITS PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL-ECONOMIC IMPACTS ON ITS BENEFICIARIES LIVES

Ndikumana Viateur

East African Christian Collge, Rwanda

 

Elderly people in developing countries are becoming especially vulnerable because of the rapid social changes, capitalist spirit and globalization. Community life which protected the elderly is increasingly withering away.  The phenomenon of retirement homes for the elderly is becoming more and more of a necessity. While in developed countries, elderly home or retirement home is something that is so common but in African countries, it is still a new phenomenon. My  contribution will focus on  to which extent the society and government policies and laws care for the elderly homes  and to which extent that phenomenon is impacting  culturally,  socially and  economically   the beneficiaries. 


POSTER PRESENTATION

MAKING ELDERLY PEOPLE VISIBLE | ENABLE EXCHANGE | STAY IN CONTACT | MASTER

Frank Schneider

Hochschule Zittau/Görlitz, University of Applied Sciences

 

The senior college at HSZG includes scientific lectures, panel discussions, seminars & excursions and addresses interested elderly citizens from Zittau, Görlitz and the surrounding area. Reflection on the experiences and opinions of older people who regularly attend an educational program at the university (senior colleg). In Corona times, this is only possible from home using a computer or smartphone.