Scaling the summit for women’s rights

When: 30th November 2021 at 18:00 CET / 17:00 CET. Check hour in different time zones here.

Where: University of Luxembourg and online 

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Finding your voice and identity for many women in South Asia including Nepal is likeclimbing Mt. Everest the highest peak in the world – not an easy task with deeply embedded patriarchal values and gender norms. Violence against women particularly domestic violence is the biggest deterrent to women’s advancement and development.  However, with a vibrant women’s movement and civil society activism scaling this mountainous hurdle can be possible. It is a shared collective vision of inclusive development that is required to make gender equality a reality.

Inclusive empowerment and equality must be at the heart of all efforts to ensure sustainable development. The talk will feature valuable examples of bottom up movement building, breaking the culture of silence, harnessing the potential of the media and enhancing critical and collaborative partnership for transforming the roadmap to inclusive development. It will highlight experiences of linking efforts from local to global and global to local for scaling the hurdles of rising inequalities. The journey continues – to achieving transformative change that is fair and sustainable and building a future where no rights are trampled and no one is left behind. 

The lecture is hosted by the University of Luxembourg and Aide à l’Enfance de l’Inde et du Népal (AEIN). 

Leadership, education and global social impact

Esther Benjamin has been a global executive in the private, government, and social impact sectors for over 25 years. She has led business partnerships, as well as education, engagement, health, and economic development programs in over 100 countries. She will reflect on her own professional and personal journey; insights and lessons learned; and how education and leadership by young people is key to driving engagement, inclusion, and social impact worldwide.

When: 15th April 2021 at 16:00 CET / 14:00 GMT (check time around the world).

Where: online on Zoom. Register here.

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The lecture will be hosted by the University of Johannesburg.

Leaving no one behind in education – a focus on children with disabilities

1 in 20 children under 14 years old has a disability worldwide. Children with disabilities have an equal right to an inclusive, quality and free primary and secondary education.  However, education systems and services worldwide are failing to meet this right, both in terms of access and quality of education. Not only children with disabilities have lower rates of enrolment in education, but also higher dropout rates, with poor levels of attendance, progression and learning.

This lecture will shed light on the educational situation of children with disabilities in low and middle income countries, highlighting how the interaction of multiple discriminatory factors (like gender and disability) results in increased exclusion. The 2030 Agenda sets the commitment to “leave no one behind” and its Sustainable Development Goal 4 calls to ensure inclusive and quality education for all. However, 10 years away from the 2030 deadline, children with disabilities are still significantly excluded from education and, consequently, from life’s opportunities. It is time to step-up concrete actions that place the child at the center and tackle barriers in different sectors, recognizing that the realization of the rights of the children and their wellbeing is a matter of shared responsibility.

When: 20th November 2020 at 15:00 CET / 14:00 GMT (check time around the world).

Where: online on Zoom. Register here.

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Real-time captioning service will be available: as speakers and participants will take the floor, a written text will appear on video, in order to break down communication barriers that exist for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or whose native language is not English.

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The event will be moderated by Dr. Harlan Koff of the Luxembourg University.

The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Catherine Léglu, Vice-rector for Academic Affairs, University of Luxembourg
  • Julia McGeown, Global Education Specialist, Handicap International
  • Graham Lang, Chief of Education at Education Cannot Wait

Peace Education: Change Starts Here

When: 17th January 2017 at 10:00 am CET / 9:00 am GMT (check time around the world).

Where: University of Warsaw, University of Warsaw Library, at Dobra 56/66 st., 3rd floor, room 316

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Dawn Engle, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the The PeaceJam Foundation, will share her experience on encouraging young people from all over the world to work for their local communities.

Dawn Engle – a tireless peace campaigner – has created a network of 13 Nobel Peace Prize winners who now pass their spirit, skills, and wisdom to create young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world. More than 1.2 million young people from 40 countries have participated in the PeaceJam Program to date. 

Speaking at the University of Warsaw, Dawn will also tell the story of starting the „One Billion Acts of Peace” Campaign – an international global citizens’ movement designed to tackle the most important problems facing our planet. Her efforts inspired young leaders across the globe to perform 15 million (so far and still counting) “simple acts of peace” that include: improving access to clean water, tackling poverty, promoting women and children rights to name just a few.

The lecture will focus on presenting inspiring methods of youth education and creating sustainable, lasting global change through educational activities.

Education: fundamental to a country’s future

When: 31st May 2016 at 6:00 pm CET / 4:00 pm GMT (check time around the world).

Where: University of Pretoria, Senate Hall, Hatfield Campus, Lynnwood Road, Pretoria

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„The next century is already being built daily in today’s classrooms. However, it becomes more and more obvious that family, government, the media and civil society must be included in the transmission of cultural heritage and key values. To address current and future challenges to peace, prosperity, public health, environment, etc., especially in developing countries, educational systems can no longer be enclosed in traditional schooling patterns. The learning environment has to go beyond the classroom and must mobilize key actors from other sectors. We have to gradually take down the classroom walls. This will require the reengineering of curricula, of learnings, finansings, etc.” – said Nesmy Manigat, former education minister of Haiti ahead of his lecture. 

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Development blind spots: rethinking gender inequality

„Why it is considered reasonable to intervene when the Taliban in Afghanistan organizes to stop girls from attending school? And why do we hesitate when millions of girls are prevented from attending school by the private decision of millions of individual fathers who are spread over large areas?” – asks Deepa Narayan ahead of her lecture in Budapest.

How can we address gender inequalities that still persist in rich countries and in poor countries? In the USA, with an overall ranking of 20 on the Gender Gap index (World Economic Forum), the pay gap between men and women will take a century to close.  The United Nations may have already given up.  In the current UN efforts on developing Sustainable Development Goals, gender equality is about the only goal that is not time bound, a direction without commitment. It makes gender equality more difficult to achieve than climate change, which has time bound targets. Given these difficulties, how long then will it take India with more than 500 million girls and women, and an overall ranking of 114 on the gender gap index, to achieve gender equality?

Given this context, we need to fundamentally challenge existing development policy and practice to achieve greater gender equality more quickly.

Drawing on data from the USA and new research on India, a case is made to re-consider the primacy given to economics rather than culture, the public rather than private, and the external rather than internal in our policy thinking.

Human relations at heart of development

There remains a unshakeable assumption in the international policy community that development in one country can be switched on and off from central controls elsewhere in the global system. You see this logic with everything from Education for All to the MDGs. Whether it is cross-national tests of achievement or even the global rankings of universities, the kind of forces that drive change in schools and universities are largely enabled or inhibited by humans who inhabit these institutions.

The kinds of issues, moreover, that wreak havoc on societies and their systems of education are largely ignored in international policy scripts that privilege academic achievement in science, mathematics and literacy. This technicist and instrumentalist view of education has exposed developmental agendas to even greater threats, the unravelling of human relations that are so crucial to both people and performance across the world.

Prof. Jansen made these arguments real by presenting his research on race, intimacy and leadership at the University of the Free State in South Africa — and how many students made the transition from tolerance to embrace in segregated communities. According to prof. Jansen „Any analysis that begins and ends with condemnation, rather than pressing for an understanding of the underlying dilemmas of inequality, poverty, segregation and violence cannot begin to resolve the human challenges in specific territories without which development remains an elusive project.”

Education – a key driver for development