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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Entrepreneurship and Youth Development in an International Context

Encouraging active citizenship & sustainable development
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What to do when you have finished your studies? How to prepare yourself for working life during your studies? How to develop yourself as an active citizen contributing to society? The connection between studying, working and developing citizenship is not a straightforward one. Some young people have a fixed idea of what profession they would like to learn, and some adjust it with every new insight in their studies. Some people gradually develop an idea of where to start their career, and some start already a (small) enterprise of their own trying to build a sustainable livelihood. Some young people even find a way to engage in community activities taking care of their environment as active citizens.

The question for this summer school is how higher education and other forms of education can facilitate and support the quest of young people to organise their lives. In our view, education should not only play a role in preparing students for work, but also accompany them to find their place in and contribute to society. We will explore this in the context of Gulu, a town in northern Uganda that is reinventing itself after the violent conflicts in that area, where young well educated people struggle to find a suitable place for themselves on the labour market.

The UNESCO chair on ‘Lifelong learning, youth and work’ has a track record of bringing together people involved in its theme. Lecturers from the international collective ‘Youth, education and work’, coming from Uganda, the Netherlands and other countries such as Sudan, Colombia, Israel, South Africa will share their research experiences on issues related to Youth, entrepreneurship and development. This will feed into fieldwork to be conducted in and around Gulu in small groups, meeting students and professionals from different educational institutions, graduates, young entrepreneurs. The Participatory Action Research (PAR) characteristics of ‘participation’ and ‘action’ will be guiding principles.

The fieldwork will be a collective enterprise in which everybody is learning with and from everybody. Together, we will engage in a learning journey in which international students exchange experiences with local students and international and local lecturers and practitioners join in to develop their own thinking and design innovative solutions (action plans). The lectures will support the fieldwork, gradually building an understanding and tentative answers to the main question, stated above: How can higher education and other forms of education facilitate and support the quest of young people to organise their lives? Together, we will analyse the issues at stake and design innovative ways to support young people to build a livelihood for themselves and contribute to their environment. The learning outcomes of the summer school will not only serve the participants, but will also be channelled back as recommendations for educational innovations and disseminated in research publications.

Practical information

Dates & location 20 - 30 July 2022, Gulu, Uganda

Minimum 3rd year Bachelor

incl. coffee, tea, lunch, local transportation
€ 400
Academic coordinator

Josje van der Linden (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Groningen )


Isabel Berman and Romy Veerman: yewsummerschool

NB Participants need to arrange their own accommodation. For a list of affordable possibilities, kindly contact the organizers.


This course is designed for people with an interest in the theme of lifelong learning in a global context, from very practical to more theoretical.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Work in an international setting;
  • Apply a global, multicultural perspective on local initiatives;
  • Conduct Participatory Action Research;
  • Use the valuable connections from the international, interdisciplinary research network ‘Youth, education, and work’.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance.

Josje van der Linden

Josje van der Linden

Josje van der Linden is lecturer and researcher at the University of Groningen. Her research interests encompass the area of lifelong learning, vocational education and workplace learning for adults and youth in the Netherlands and in Africa with special attention to youth, education and work in (post-)conflict areas. Dr. van der Linden is appointed as UNESCO chair holder on Lifelong learning, youth and work at Gulu university in Gulu, Uganda.

Victor Friedman

Victor J. Friedman

Prior to his retirement in 2020, Victor J. Friedman, Ed.D., was an Associate Professor of Organizational Development and Consulting at the Max Stern Yezreel Valley College in Israel, where he founded and directed the Action Research Center for Social Justice. He continues to works with individuals, organizations, and communities to promote learning, development, and social change by means of "Self-in-field Action Research” in the fields of inclusive education, intercultural communication, engaging conflict and social entrepreneurship. Victor is a long-term member of the Youth, Education, and Work Network and an ally of the ATD Fourthworld Movement to eradicate extreme poverty. He has published over 60 articles and 7 books and serves as an associate editor at the Action Research Journal. Victor lives with his wife in Zichron Yaakov, and they have four children and 6 grandchildren.

robert Jjuuko

Robert Jjuuko

Robert Jjuuko is a researcher, educationist and development consultant with profound methodological and theoretical expertise in education and training of socially disadvantaged young people and adults. He defended his thesis titled ‘Youth transition, agricultural education and employment in Uganda: Freeing individual agency’ in 2021 at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. In his more than 15 years as a practicing adult educator, he has actively steered and supported the founding and functioning of a couple of local, national and global civil society institutions for social and ecological justice. His academic interests include adult education research and practice, youth transition, vocational pedagogy, workplace learning, and action research for individual emancipation and social change.


Namubiru Zula

Namubiru Zula is a Lecturer at Makerere University, Board Chair Paradigm for Social Justice and Development women’s organization working on social justice, poverty eradication and promotion of sexual rights of Young people. Council Member African Rural University Kagadi District, an All-woman University providing vocational/technical skills. Coordinator Makerere University UNESCO Chair Lifelong Learning Youth and work. Undertaking a project on Inclusive Education/TVET for girls/young women with FEMNET an African communication Network for women organisations. I have also worked with World Health Organisation Uganda and Ministry of Health in promoting Sexual Reproductive health rights for young people/women.

I have a Bachelor of Adult and Community Education, Masters of Adult Education and currently undertaking a PhD in the school of Distance and Lifelong Learning Makerere University with Topic: Harnessing fishers Knowledge for Sustainable Fishery on Lake Victoria, a participatory action research targeting mainly young fishers.


Anna Giraldo

Anna Giraldo has a PhD in Applied Statistics, and works as Associate Professor at the University of Padova. She is Director of the Master Course in Local Develoment where she teaches statistics and impact evaluation. Her main research interests are: labor economics, poverty, impact evaluation of labor policies, data quality in sample surveys.

D Monk

David Monk

David is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Humanities at Gulu University. David is interested in transdisciplinary, participatory, and care-full approaches to research and learning because of their potential to expand epistemological and ontological horizons, shift hegemonic narratives, and create space for peace.


Peace Buhwamatsiko Tumuheki

Peace Buhwamatsiko Tumuheki is a researcher, lecturer and head of Adult, Community and Lifelong Learning department at Kyambogo University. She holds a PhD in Lifelong Learning from the University of Groningen and is interested in seeing inclusive flexible education systems that accommodate needs of different groups of learners. Her research interests include lifelong learning, participatory action research, career guidance, education-work transitions as well as the role and position of higher education in development and its relationship with other forms of education.

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Alice Wabule

Alice Wabule is employed as lecturer/ Dean, Faculty of Socio-Economic Sciences, Cavendish University Uganda. She  holds a PhD in Applied Professional Ethics from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She is a skilled educator, researcher and development ethics practitioner with substantial management and leadership experience at higher institutions of learning and the NGO sector. She has contributed to knowledge production in areas of teacher professionalism, ethics education, diversity and governance. She specialises in the application of Participatory Action Research approaches with the aim of creating interventions that can empower the researched communities. She is interested in researching topics of professionalism and integrity in public service, social justice, community empowerment, diversity, human rights and governance.

Marit Blaak

Marit Blaak

Marit Blaak recently completed her PhD on organisational learning in education NGOs in Uganda. With over ten years of work experience in Uganda and other East African countries, she currently works as Strategic Advisor Research and Learning for VVOB in Uganda where she leads the monitoring, evaluation, learning and research unit supporting 5 teacher professionalisation projects. Marit is passionate about lifelong learning, educational exclusion, design and organisational learning for adaptive programming.

Dr. Salome Joy Awidi

My name is  Dr. Salome Joy Awidi. I am based in Uganda and have been working in refugee Education in Uganda for nearly 15 years. I Work with Norwegian Refugee Council. One of our core competencies is Educational access for persons affected by displacement. I am the president of the Association of Professional Adult Educators in Uganda. I also contribute to learning in crisis research project between Gulu University and the University of Nottingham. I am an Adult Educator. 

Preliminary programme

19 July

Arrival and welcome dinner

20 July

Orientation on the theme ‘Entrepreneurship and youth development in an international context’. Introductions by Prof. George Openjuru (Gulu University) and Dr. Josje van der Linden (UNESCO chairholder). A small tour around the campus and its surrounding communities from Ugandan students and an a lecture on the history, challenges and perspectives of Gulu district by Dr. Kenneth Nyeko (Gulu University).

21 July

An introduction into Participatory Action Research with, amongst other things, a lecture on ‘Social Entrepreneurship as a Field Changing Process’ by Dr. Victor Friedman (Oranim Academic College of Education), and a session on Participatory action research and organisational learning in NGOs for youth entrepreneurship and active citizenship with exercises by Dr. Marit Blaak (VVOB).

22 July

Diagnosis of challenges and perspectives per theme. Lectures by Dr. Robert Jjuuko (coordinator UNESCO chair, MY CAREER UGANDA) on agency, youth entrepreneurship and social capital in a strained economy and Zula Namubiri (Makarere University) Sustainable fishing and youth entrepreneurship in the context of active citizenship and sustainable development. Groups prepare plans for fieldwork.

23 July

Digging deeper into diagnosis and preparing plans for designing local action. Meet with locals to explore the diagnoses made. Get acquainted with the local initiative for arts-based PAR organized by Dr. David Monk.

24 July

Free day, open for excursions of choosing such as a wild park (not included in the participant fee).

25 July

Preparing the design of local action plans, reflecting on experiences with fieldwork led by Dr. Michal Razer and Dr. Isabel Ramadan (Oranim Academic College of Education). A lecture on Popular education and functioning of vocational and higher education institutions in the framework of youth development and active citizenship by Dr. Peace Tumuheki and Dr. Salome Awidi.

26 July

Designing action plans with local actors. More fieldwork to collect perspectives around the themes, then bringing these together to set up action plans with local actors. A lecture on statistics for development by Dr. Anna Giraldo (University of Padova).

27 July

Strengthening action plans through fieldwork.

28 July

Preparation of presentations of action plans.

29 July

Presentation of action plans with plans for follow-up. Presentations will be given to a diverse group of, amongst others, local stake holders, youth associations, and lecturers. In the evening there will be a farewell dinner.

30 July

Time for evaluation, and the awarding of certificates.

Application procedure

To apply, kindly fill out the online application form. Please include the following documents with your application:

  • CV (max 2 pages)
  • Letter of motivation, explaining what you hope to learn during the summer school and why this will be important for your academic ambitions (max 1 page)

Selection will take place on a rolling-basis. Please note that we accept max. 30 participants. 

Due to the unpredictable corona measures, it is advised to only book your travel arrangements once the summer school has been confirmed.

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