Zagreb Conference

We are the custodians of our children´s future but how are they included in our institutional learning? Over recent years there has been a global shift in the vision of the role that education can play in our collective future. This has included a growing recognition of the personalised learning journey that we, our learning institutions and society are undertaking in an increasingly interconnected world.

The pace of change is accelerating and the mission of the SiS Catalyst project is to turn such ideas into reality through the mobilisation of our mutual learning and the identification of the cultural change that we need to embrace. SiS Catalyst specifically focuses on how we include children in the dialogue between society and the academic communities.

Understanding the role of children as agents for change requires thinking differently and converting this into action. During the conference we will be launching the SiS Catalyst Practical Guidelines. This living documentation reflects how Children’s University type activities can be targeted at young people currently unlikely to progress to university. It honestly explores case studies, pilots, successes and failures, and examines different models at institutional, regional and national levels. It includes reflections from the variety of actors and intermediaries, and explores issues of the ethics of this work as well as measuring the impact.

All universities are unique and need to develop their own sustainable approach to this work. Our Guidelines explore theory and practice, contextualising these within a range of environments and situations. They will enable institutions to provide opportunities for children to get in touch with academic thinking and to engage with scientists, artists, practitioners, researchers, students and research institutions.

This conference will be an opportunity for the curious to explore the vision of SiS Catalyst and to see how it relates to their own.

We will be looking for Children's Universities and other Institutions to take part in our 'marketplace' on the Wednesday morning, where you will have the opportunity to talk to others about your work,show like-minded people some examples of the things you do every day, the things that you’re proud of, good ideas to share or maybe even test out an idea.

This conference will start on the evening of Monday 25th of June and finish at lunchtime on Wednesday the 27th of June 2012.

To register for this conference, or for more information on the programme, accommodation and having a stand at our marketplace, please follow the links on the right of this page.