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EducationUniversity of Groningen Summer SchoolsYouth, education and work in (post-) conflict areas

Organizing team

Dr. Josje van der Linden

Dr. Josje van der Linden worked as a lecturer/researcher in institutes for higher education in the Netherlands, in Sudan and in Mozambique. Currently, she teaches educational sciences (lifelong learning) in the University of Groningen and maths education in a university of applied sciences in Amsterdam/Alkmaar. She recently defended her PhD thesis on Ensuring meaningful lifelong learning opportunities for groups at risk. Her research includes the specific educational needs of groups at risk in (post-)conflict areas and the ways in which these needs can be met.

Prof. Dr. Jacques Zeelen

Prof. Dr. Jacques Zeelen is a social scientist with a long experience in Adult Education and Social Intervention. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Amsterdam in Psychology and a Master’s degree from the Free University in Berlin in the same discipline. At the Free University he also completed his PhD research on an action research project in Mental Health. For a longer time he headed the research programme Rehabilitation issues in mental health of the department of Adult Education (Andragogy) at the University of Groningen. In 1997 he was invited as a visiting professor at the University of the North (now called University of Limpopo) in South Africa and was appointed full professor of Adult Education in 1998. After resuming his duties at the department of Pedagogy (section Lifelong Learning) at the University of Groningen in September 2004, he combined research in the Netherlands with research in Sub-Saharan countries. Together with colleagues from different African countries, he initiated the international research and development project Early School Leaving in Africa (ESLA). Due to the growing urgency of research on early school leaving and vocational education worldwide, the ESLA project was renamed more generally Youth, Education and Work (YEW).

In April 2014 Jacques Zeelen was appointed full professor on ‘Lifelong Learning and Social Intervention in the context of Globalisation’ at Globalisation Studies Groningen, an inter-faculty institute positioned in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen. From 1 January 2017 onwards he holds the UNESCO Chair “Lifelong Learning, Youth and Work” at Gulu University in Uganda.

Willemijn de Jong

My name is Willemijn de Jong and I am a student-assistant for the summer school ‘Youth, Education and Work in (Post-)Conflict Areas’. I am a 3rd year Bachelor student on Pedagogical and Educational Sciences. I am currently writing my Bachelor thesis on Dutch citizenship education. I am planning to start my masters in Ethics of Education in September 2017.

Although I particularly focus on education in the Netherlands in my studies, I am very interested in the topics that will be discussed during the summer school. Furthermore, I am looking forward to hear the presentations and to meet all the participants! I learn a lot by helping to organize this summer school and I am excited for July 17th !

Doutsen Punter, MA

Hereby I would like to introduce myself as the second assistant for the summer school ‘Youth, Education and Work in (Post-)Conflict Areas.’ My name is Doutsen Punter and I recently finished the NOHA International Humanitarian Action Master in Groningen. Last year, I specialized in Conflict, Peace-building and Religion in Uppsala (Sweden). After this semester abroad, I chose to conduct my thesis research in Colombia, with the subject of opportunities for Colombian youth in violent prone urban areas. During my stay in Colombia, I already had the pleasure to meet Miguel Fajardo, one of the speakers.

I am honored to be a part of this team. I strongly believe that the empowerment of youth in post-conflict areas is necessary in order to increase the well-being of the whole population and reach sustainable results. I am looking forward to meet all the speakers and participants in this multicultural setting in order to share visions and ideas.

Last modified:05 April 2019 2.18 p.m.