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Education University of Groningen Summer Schools

Youth, education and work in (post-)conflict areas

Empowering youth to (re)build communities
San Gil

Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this exceptional situation may cause. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!


The summer school ‘Youth, education and work in (post-)conflict areas’ is an activity of the international research network on Youth, Education and Work. The summer school takes place in San Gil, a town in a rural area of Colombia. The area is particularly interesting because of the history of its cooperative sector, which promotes opportunities for the youth as a strategy for social transformation.

The summer school programme encompasses background information about the recent history of Colombia, the role of the University of San Gil, the peace agreement of 2016 and its aftermath. Scholars from other (post-)conflict areas will present research from other contexts. Among them representatives of Gulu University in northern Uganda, the base to the UNESCO chair on Lifelong Learning, Youth and Work and the host of one of the previous summer schools.

University of San Gil Colombia

All the information will come to life, when conducting research in the rural environment of San Gil: How does the youth respond to the challenges in a (post-)conflict area? Which difficulties do they encounter in establishing a livelihood? How do the University of San Gil and other organisations come in? These themes will be object of joint fieldwork in small groups in which summer school participants cooperate with scholars from other (post-)conflict areas and students of the University of San Gil who know the area. By way of Participatory Action Research (PAR), the summer school offers the possibility to get to know ‘the stories from within’.  

Components of the programme are:

  • Introduction on the theme Empowering youth to (re)build communities
  • Contextualisation on Colombia, the history of the University of San Gil and the cooperative sector in the province
  • Youth, conflict and conflict resolution in other (post-)conflict areas
  • Orientation on Participative Action Research and research methods
  • Fieldwork in small groups on different themes
  • Presentations and integration of themes with local stakeholders  
Practical information

Unfortunately, as we currently do not know how the coronavirus will progress globally in the coming months, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the University of Groningen Summer Schools 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience this exceptional situation may cause. Hopefully we will see you next year instead. Stay safe and healthy!

Dates & location July 2021 (tbc), Colombia
Level researchers, policy makers, practitioners, undergraduate, graduate and PhD students
Fee 2020
incl. coffee, tea, lunch, welcome and farewell dinner, local transport and transport from the airport in Bogotá to SanGil
€ 350 (if you pay before 1 May 2020)
€ 400 (for payments after 1 May 2020)
Academic coordinators

Prof. Jacques Zeelen (UNESCO Chair Gulu University and Globalisation Studies, Faculty of Arts, Groningen)
Josje van der Linden (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Groningen
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Contact summerschoolyoutheducationwork@rug.nl

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

San Gil street
Requirements

This summer school is intended for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from all backgrounds.

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. Preferably participants have (basic) knowledge of the Spanish language to communicate with people in San Gil.

Learning outcomes

After this course you will be able to:

  • Explain how issues around youth, education and work play a role in (post-) conflict areas, especially in Colombia
  • Conduct fieldwork integrating methods from Participatory Action Research
  • Discuss and interact with a diverse company on problems and interventions in the area of youth, education and work in (post-)conflict areas

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


GSG
Sangil
Gulu
youth education and work
UNESCO Chair on Life Long Learning: Prof Jacques Zeelen
UNESCO Chair on Life Long Learning: Prof Jacques Zeelen
Last modified:31 March 2020 10.55 a.m.