Designing a Sustainable Future through School Community Collaboration

flyerBarcelonaConferenceFinal Conference of the Comenius Lifelong Learning Network CoDeS

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, May 21-23rd, 2014

About the conference
Communities are at risk in many parts of our world as a consequence of globalization. Schools are key institutions in many communities needing to face the challenges of an uncertain future. The collaboration between schools and communities appears fundamental to facilitate a sustainable development at a local as well as global level. CoDeS network (School Community Collaboration for Sustainable Development), and the Autonomous University of Barcelona welcome you to join the CoDeS Final Conference in Barcelona, May 21-23rd, 2014. This conference builds on the activities and themes of the 3 year Comenius Lifelong Learning Network CoDeS and will become a place for exchanges of experiences on how to promote successful collaboration between schools and communities when working for Sustainable Development. An optional Post-Conference Seminar targeted to researchers and practitioners at the beginning of their career will conclude the Conference.

Objectives
The goal of the conference is to provide an interactive space to learn from each other and to be encouraged and strengthened to fostering local sustainable development collaboratively i.e. schools, education actors and community – especially in times of rapid change and crisis. Findings from CoDeS network will be presented and shared so that they can become potential tools to promote collaboration between schools and communities committed to SD. Through interactive participatory formats attendees will identify the key challenges schools and communities face when working together at the entrance of UNESCO post decade.

Methodology
Through lectures, round tables, group work, and discussions conference participants will identify the key challenges schools and communities face when working together to develop high quality ESD at the entrance of UNESCO post decade. The key note speakers will be the following: Rolf Jucker from Switzerland, Kartikeya Sarabhai from India, Lucie Sauvé from Canada, Arjen Wals from the Netherlands. The products developed within CoDeS aiming at providing tools for school community collaboration practitioners will be presented and discussed. Those include a Travelling Guide, a Quality Criteria Framework, a Tool Box, an Isolated Communities Survey, a Digital Handbook, and an e-platform.

Call for posters and papers
Participants are encouraged to submit proposals to either the Conference and/or the Post-Conference Seminar. The proposals submitted to the Conference will be in Poster Format only dealing with any aspect of school community collaboration for Sustainable Development. There will be three poster formats: (a) Specific themes poster, (b) Case poster, and (c) Research poster. The proposals submitted to the Post-Conference Seminar will be in Short Paper Communication format only dealing with any aspect of ESD research. Please refer to Guidelines for proposal submission for details on how to write the proposals for either the Conference or the Post-Conference Seminar, to be found on the CoDeS website and the ENSI website. The deadline for submission of proposals for either the Conference or the Post-Conference Seminar is January 31st, 2014. The results of the review outcomes and proposal acceptance will be communicated by March 1st, 2014.

Follow up
The results of the conference will be published and disseminated and there will be a follow up for the participants willing to explore the possibilities of CoDeS tools in their own contexts.

Read more
Have a look at the CoDeS website to find the conference programme and further details.

Detailed program
BCN_Program_07-05-2014

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