GROWING THE MOVEMENT
Brussels – Bozar & European Parliament
May, 24th 2018
On May 24, the EduCATe team organized at Brussels its European Multiplier Event called “Growing the Movement”. The aim of this event was, firstly, to present the work accomplished by the partners of the EduCATe project, in the field of teachers training and education in Nonviolent Conflict Transformation in Europe. Secondly, EduCATe partners wished to lead a collective reflection on building a European platform to promote and develop this education.
Were invited members of NGOs and associations working in the field of education and non-violence, researchers from different universities working on these themes (restorative approach, Nonviolent Conflict Transformation, etc.), and European politicians interested in these issues.
The day was divided into two meetings:
– in the morning, at Bozar, on networking and cooperation.
– in the afternoon, at the European Parliament, to discuss opportunities of campaigns and advocacy at the European and national levels.
The day was very rewarding, from the quality of the discussions and debates, to the many connections that were created between the participants and the EduCATe partners. Many have expressed their wish to move in the same direction, or even to collaborate on future projects.
NetworkING & Cooperation
In the morning, at BOZAR, we started the meeting with a presentation of EduCATe and its results: who are the partners? Why such a project? Which objectives? What work done during this 3 year program (2015-218)? Which documents produced?
After this presentation, a discussion was opened with the participants to answer question and listen to the reflections about EduCATe results.
After this presentation and discussion, we divided us by table to make a World Café to answer four questions about networking:
- What actors can be involved in such network?
- What strategic actions and projects can the network set up?
- How can the network be useful for its members?
- Which kind of network do you imagine?
Guided by EduCATe partners – who each hosted a table with a question – participants were very active and full of ideas. This work allow us to reflect on the opportunities and modalities of creating such a network.
The results of this World Café are presented in details in the EduCATe Analytic Dossier about networking.
Advocacy in Europe
In the afternoon, a second meeting took place at the European Parliament, thanks to the invitation of Mr Vincent Peillon, Member of the European Parliament and former French Minister of National Education.
We started this meeting with a presentation of the results of our work in terms of Advocacy (Advocacy State of the Art), and with our recommendations to promote Nonviolent Conflict Transformation (NVTC) in teacher training and education at European and national levels (in our Position Paper).
Then, five speakers from Croatia, France, Italy and Spain exposed successively their views and ideas on perspectives for teacher training in NVCT in Europe, and in their national context. In order of appearance:
- Véronique Pardieu (France), Associated Professor in psychology at the ESPE Orléans-Tours (university of Orléans). First on right.
- Cécile Kyenge (Italy), MEP (Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats) and former Minister of Integration in Italy. Second on left.
- Marco Cappato (Italy), former MEP andformer president of theItalian Radical Party. He was in charge of a report oneducation, human rights and non-violence when he was MEP. First on left.
- Mirela Buturovic (Croatia), legal Affairs Advisor to the Ombudswoman in Croatia at Human Rights protection department. Second on left.
- Mica Garau (Spain), educational expert at the Institute for Coexistence and School Success of the Ministry of Education and Universities of the Government of Balearic Islands. At the center
After listening attentively to the advices, ideas and desires of our five speakers, we opened the debate, so that everyone could express their personal opinion and professional expertise on previous presentations. The participants were then invited to share successful experiences on the subject of nonviolence education, within their association or university, or at the local, national or even European level.
We concluded the day by thanking everyone for participating in our event, and inviting those who wish to continue to reflect together on opportunities for cooperation and for a European network on teacher training on NVCT to stay in working relationship with us.
EduCATe partners. Left to right : Cécile Barbeiro (Spain) – Julie Fernandez (France) – Elena Passerini (Italy) – Marjolein Delvou (Belgium) – Ilse Hakvoort (Sweden) – Katarina Kruhonja (Croatia) – Christian Renoux (France)
All photos ©Maxime Deblon