The consideration of everything the label of “education” could encompass is never-ending. It contains two areas of particular and immediate interest to us at the Centre: the process of learning and research on the one hand, and the connection with younger people and their capacities as they are growing and changing on the other. We see education as integrated into all aspects of society, not as a world apart.
Projects in this area can and have run the gamut, from schoolchildren to the ivory tower of academia. In its current iteration, the Cynefin Centre education programme works with institutions from universities to primary schools and national organisations, as well as individual researchers. It is active in making students an active part of their university’s operation, understanding their experience, and putting as many tools as possible into their hands. It is also trying to target key concerns such as anti-racism in academic institutions or the relationships between schools and communities. This programme is still in a growth stage and welcomes projects in new areas of potentially more general applicability.
This programme is for everyone active in any area of education, theoretical or applied. Types of clients so far have included university departments, research institutes, primary and secondary schools, education-promoting foundations, technical universities, and PhD students. Everyone is welcome, so don’t hesitate to reach out.
There are many reasons to invest in education, the field where we shape the way people think, learn, and approach the world and is shaped by those very same things in return. The ability to innovate, empathise, connect, and participate can all be boosted through education. Moreover, the world rarely listens to young people’s actual priorities, needs, and concerns to the degree they deserve, and we would like to help change that.
From a more practical point of view, joining the education programme can help educators and institutions respond to actual needs in real time. Joiners can collect data on the landscape of ideas in their institutions, design and target interventions in a participatory way, keep an ear out for the stories on the ground, and collect the kind of material they can use in their planning and advocacy. For students, participating in projects can offer research and practical skills that are in demand nowadays, but, most importantly, it can offer a sense of active participation and engagement in the world. At scale, this programme could be an opportunity to turn young minds into human sensor networks that see things the adults, more set in their ways, cannot notice.
CURRENT AND PAST PROJECTS
These are just a few examples, with emphasis on the ones where material is available online. This section is going to be updated with ongoing projects as new information is generated.
We are still recruiting for the design of new participation projects, so if you are interested in co-developing something that has greater applicability and can be established for others to replicate, please get in touch!
There is existing material in the following areas that you can join or replicate:
Like all our programmes, members of the citizens engagement programme have access to the following support:
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