Final agenda "Exploring Collaboration on Education for Adolescents and Youth"

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The Partners Consultation: Exploring Collaboration on Education for Adolescents and Youth, organised by the UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS, will take place in Geneva on the 19-20 October 2011. Its goals are to: a) Provide a forum to exchange recent research on education for adolescents and youth, including the RO’s study of adolescents and youth perspectives on education quality; b) explore potential partnerships and future directions for advocacy and programming towards improved education for adolescents and youth in the region; and, c) to strengthen collaboration between partners around post-primary education issues, with the aim of defining future priorities.

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Final agenda "Exploring Collaboration on Education for Adolescents and Youth"

  1. 1. 1Partners Consultation: Exploring Collaboration on Education for Adolescents and Youth Organized by: UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS 19-20 October 2011 Hotel Novotel Genève Rue de Zurich, 19, Floor -1 Geneva, Switzerland
  2. 2. 2 WelcomeIn the CEECIS region, more than 12 million adolescents and youth remain out of school. In the region, almostall inequity gaps in enrolment rates and achievement rates widen post primary school, showing thatadolescents and youth often face more barriers to accessing education than younger children, and that qualityand relevance of education declines post-primary school, especially against the backdrop of rapidlymodernizing labour markets. There is a strong call by young people in the region for their right to qualityeducation to be heard.The Partners Consultation: Exploring Collaboration on Education for Adolescents and Youth , organised bythe UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS, will take place in Geneva on the 19-20 October 2011. Its goals are to: a)Provide a forum to exchange recent research on education for adolescents and youth, including the RO’s studyof adolescents and youth perspectives on education quality; b) explore potential partnerships and futuredirections for advocacy and programming towards improved education for adolescents and youth in theregion; and, c) to strengthen collaboration between partners around post-primary education issues, with theaim of defining future priorities.The objectives of the consultation are:1. To share the findings and methodology of the research study Pushing Past Barriers to Post-Primary Education: 1 A study of Adolescent and Youth Perspectives on Education Quality in Chechnya, Kosovo , Georgia and Tajikistan;2. To provide a forum for partners and young people to exchange research, experiences and ideas for programmatic directions in improving education for adolescents and youth, with particular emphasis on the following themes: o Presentation of research findings: Adolescent and youth perspectives on education quality o Reducing dropouts by improving quality – Experiences from the region and beyond o Preventing dropouts and creating second chances o Youth participation in education processes o Addressing violence in schools o Partnerships: Essential for improving education adolescents and youth3. To identify potential partnerships and opportunities for collaboration; and4. To establish priorities in moving forward together in the CEECIS region through collaborative brainstorming.The desired outcomes for this conference are the following: 1. Participants will have learned about on-going strategies and successful practices in improving education for adolescents and youth in the region; 2. Participants will have shared experiences related to education for adolescents and youth; 3. Participants will have developed new networks and collaborative opportunities within the region, specifically targeting: Communication, mobilization, public awareness and advocacy strategies and Partnerships.1 UNSCR 1244
  3. 3. 3 PREPARATORY SESSION - TUESDAY, 18 OCTOBER 2011 TH (UNICEF BUILDING, 5 FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM)14.00-17.00 Preparatory mini-workshop: Presentation skill building Facilitator: Matthew Emry Expected participation from youth researchers and other interested young professionals. DAY 1 - WEDNESDAY, 19 OCTOBER 2011 (HOTEL NOVOTEL GENEVA, FLOOR -1)08.30-09.05 Introduction Chair: Philippe Testot-Ferry, Regional Education Advisor, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS  Kirsi Madi, Regional Deputy Director, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS  Erin Tanner, Education Officer, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS Introductions09.05-11.00 SESSION 1 - Sharing findings from UNICEF’s regional study of adolescent and youth perspectives on education quality: ‘Pushing Past Barriers to Post-Primary School Education’ Chair: Philippe Testot-Ferry, Regional Education Advisor, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS ‘Pushing Past Barriers to Post-Primary Education’  Jane Lowicki-Zucca, Independent Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS Comments on country reports and follow up activities:  Aferdita Spahiu, Education Specialist, UNICEF Kosovo  Barno Mukhamadieva, Education Officer, UNICEF Tajikistan  Maia Kuparadze, Education Programme Officer, UNICEF Georgia  Aslan Guluev, Independent Consultant, UNICEF North Caucasus (video) Questions and Answers11.00-11.15 Coffee Break11.15-13.00 SESSION 2 - Sharing reflections on the methodology of UNICEF’s regional study of adolescent and youth perspectives on education quality: ‘Pushing Past Barriers to Post- Primary School Education’ Chair: Jane Lowicki-Zucca, Independent Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS  Matthew Emry, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS Consultant  Bardha Uka, Youth Researcher, Kosovo  Ranokhon Dzhumaeva, Youth Researcher, Tajikistan  Ernest Petrosyan, Youth Researcher, Georgia  Amina Matyeva, Youth Researcher, Russian Federation (video)
  4. 4. 4 Questions and Answers13.00-14.00 Lunch (Served in lobby of hotel)14.00-14.30 SESSION 3 – Quality improvement initiatives post-primary school Chair: Aferdita Spahiu, Education Specialist, UNICEF Kosovo Improving learning content: Curriculum framework reform in Kosovo  Dakmara Georgescu, UNESCO, International Bureau of Education, Geneva Questions and Answers14.30-15.45 SESSION 4 – Improving practical learning: Life skills, TVET and youth empowerment initiatives Chair: Barno Mukhamadieva, Education Specialist, UNICEF Tajikistan ‘Passport to Success’ Life skills Programme  Sarabecka Mullen, Director for Life skills Programmes, International Youth Foundation, USA Empowering youth in Central Asia through life skills, education loans and a Youthbank  Tim Jeanneret, Programme Development and Evaluation Director, Eurasia Foundation for Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan Vocational training as an alternative learning opportunity for young people in Georgia  Eka Gvalia, Executive Director, NGO Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti”, Georgia Questions and Answers15.45-16.00 Coffee break16.00-17.00 SESSION 5: The role of non-formal education in improving quality Chair: Matthew Emry, Independent Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS The linkages between non-formal education and quality formal education  Madhu Singh, Senior Programme Specialist, UNESCO Center for Lifelong learning, Germany Non-formal education in Georgia: Still untapped potential  David Gvineria, Child Protection Officer, Adolescent and Youth Development, UNICEF Georgia Video Presentation: Learning through Hip Hop and second chance schools in France (8 min) Questions and Answers
  5. 5. 517.00-17.15 Closing  Jane Lowicki-Zucca, Independent Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS  Erin Tanner, Education Officer, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS DAY 2 - THURSDAY, 20 OCTOBER 2011 (NOVOTEL GENEVA, FLOOR -1)08.45-09.00 Introduction  Erin Tanner, Education Officer, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS09.00-10.00 SESSION 6 - Preventing School Dropouts Chair: Matthew Emry, Independent Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS Supporting parents and schools to identify potential dropouts  Aferdita Spahiu, Education Specialist, UNICEF Kosovo The importance of gender barriers: Findings from ‘Pushing Past Barriers to Post-Primary School Education’  Jane Lowicki-Zucca, Independent Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS Video Presentation: 4-H Working to Prevent High School Dropouts, USA (7 minutes) Video Presentation: Preventing school dropouts PSA, India (1 minute) Questions and Answers10.00-11.15 SESSION 7 - Promoting second chances Chair: Maia Kuparadze, Education Programme Officer, UNICEF Georgia Second Chance Schools in Europe  Reinhold Schiffers, Member of E2C-Europe Executive Committee, E2C-Europe, The Netherlands Second chance learning opportunities for children in conflict with the law in Georgia  Tea Kacharava, Children and Youth Protection Program Manager, NGO Charity Humanitarian Centre “Abkhazeti”, Georgia Good practices with accelerated learning programmes:  Marina Lopez-Anselme, Chief, Education Programmes, Refugee Education Trust, Geneva Questions and Answers11.15-11.30 Coffee Break
  6. 6. 611.30-13.00 SESSION 8 - Strengthening youth participation in education processes: From the classroom to national government Chair: Jane Lowicki-Zucca, Independent Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS Mechanisms to engage young people in education policy discussions  Benjamin Bach, Programme Officer - Education Support Programme, Open Society Institute, London Strengthening Student Councils in Kosovo  Agon Batusha, Representative, Kosovo Student Council, Kosovo Youth parliament in Tajikistan  Jafar Usmonov, Coordinator Youth Parliament, Tajikistan Youth Innovations Lab  Rron Salaj, Peer Educator Network (PEN), Kosovo Questions and Answers13.00-14.00 Lunch14.00-15.15 SESSION 9 – Reducing violence in schools Chair: David Gvineria, Child Protection Officer, Adolescent and Youth Development, UNICEF Georgia Using communication campaigns to improve quality: ‘Learn without Fear’  Nadya Kassam, Coordinator Learn Without Fear Campaign, Plan International, London  Anja Stuckert, Coordinator Learn Without Fear Campaign, Plan International, Germany Violence Free Schools (video)  Yulia Pererva, Representative of Education Department, Council of Europe, France Questions and Answers15.15-15.30 Coffee Break15.30-17.30 SESSION 10 – Brainstorming on the way forward: Group work on priorities, plans and partners’ roles Facilitator: Erin Tanner, Education Officer, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS  Group work  Reporting
  7. 7. 717.30-17.45 Closing  Jane Lowicki-Zucca, Independent Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS  Erin Tanner, Education Officer, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS  Philippe Testot-Ferry. Regional Education Advisor, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS OPTIONAL – PRESENTATION TO UNICEF STAFF - Friday, 21 October 2011 (UNICEF Building, Ground Floor Conference Room10.00-11.00 Presentation to UNICEF staff: Youth as Partners in Research on Education Chair: Kirsi Madi, Deputy Regional Director, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS Presenters:  Jane Lowicki-Zucca, Independent Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS  Matthew Emry, Independent Consultant, UNICEF Regional Office for CEECIS  Youth researchers: Bardha Uka (Kosovo), Ranokhon Dzhumaeva (Tajikistan), and Ernest Petrosyan (Georgia)

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