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The conference  Bildung Macht Zukunft - Education for the social-ecological transformation?  has take place from February 21 – 24, 2019 in Kassel, Germany.

Why this conference?

Current educational practice often reproduces attitudes and patterns of thought that support exploitative production patterns and lifestyles: Competition as a guiding principle, expert knowledge as the preferred way of perception and technical solutions for social and ecological problems. Racism and sexism as societal global and local power structures are largely ignored. This criticism is also directed at political education and concepts like “Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)” or “Global Learning”. If educational practices really are to make a contribution to a future socio-ecological society, alternative spaces of learning are needed. These should:

  • reflect and question current attitudes and patterns of thought, offering spaces for thinking and living different ones;

  • have the courage to make complex and possibly uncomfortable causes of global injustice and ecological crises a subject of discussion

  • consider alternative practices beyond changing individual consumption and encourage people to shape society concerning political and economic issues.

Our objective for the conference is to reflect and develop educational practices together according to our claim of a critical-emancipatory education. Therefore we want to link different actors in this field: we want to connect ESD and Global Learning with critical political education; non-formal with formal learning; individual actions with societal structures as well as theory with practice.

The conference is organized by a team of educational activists, scientists, teachers and civil society actors.

Guiding questions for the conference:

Through education, how can we...

  • foster critical thinking and disrupt power structures instead of reproducing them?

  • handle the complex causes of injustice instead of offering easy explanations?

  • empower people for their own emancipation as well as to get active in a socio-ecological transformation?

Whom do we address?

  • Education practitioners in the context of socio-ecological transformation (teachers, multipliers/facilitators from educational institutions and projects, youth organizations, trade unions, churches and social movements)

  • Researchers from the areas of socio-ecological transformation, political education, ESD or Global Learning

  • We explicitly invite people working with less represented approaches in ESD/Global Learning (such as feminism, post-colonialism, theater pedagogy or outdoor pedagogy) and people who are currently in training or studying.