Congress 2013 in Berne (Switzerland)
Ways Toward Inclusion – A Challenge for All of Us!
8 - 12 October 2013
Everywhere across the globe many children and young people grow up under difficult circumstances, facing poverty, violence, discrimination, or having a disability, etc. Various organisations and institutions –ranging from street worker projects, traditional children’s homes, disability-adapted facilities to juvenile penitentiaries – work with forms of support and care which enable these children and youths to participate in society. FICE, the International Federation of Educative Communities sees its task in supporting critical reflection and encouraging the use of such forms. The Congress 2013 will focus on the discussion of the aims and concepts of inclusion and the challenges these pose for experts and for society. Actual practical models claiming to have achieved the goals of inclusion will be presented and discussed, especially those related to education, culture, and economy.
The FICE Congress is aimed at people engaged in extrafamilial care of children and youths and in the enforcement of their rights, i.e. professionals with practical experience, educators and researchers as well as all interested persons involved in education, culture, politics, and business.
- Practice Models: a major feature of the Congress will be to show concrete ways and methods of promoting participation, which are undertaken in various - from exclusive to inclusive – forms of child and youth care. Such efforts should be presented, their motivation described, commented and put up for discussion. Particular attention should be given to describing how the presented approaches and initiatives originated, how they have been implemented, which challenges had to be met, what the results were, and what others could learn from them. In line with the Congress theme views and opinions of children, adolescents and their families involved in such programmes should also be included.
- Pedagogical concepts: over the past decade approaches geared to inclusive pedagogy (cf Schnell/ Sander 2004) have developed in various fields of pedagogical practice. They “promised” to serve the concept of social participation of children and adolescents better than concepts based on integration. With a view to the objectives of this Congress we invite scientists and researchers to submit papers covering concepts of inclusive pedagogy taking into account changing welfare systems from a research or theoretical perspective. Such contributions should have the objective of investigating the “new” essence of inclusive concepts for pedagogical practice.
- Society, Politics, and Economy: participation of children and adolescents with special needs in the local and global society depends on socio-political and economic structures and the physical environment. Contributions should point out ways in which authorities, associations, and the economy provide the structural basis for creating greater opportunities for participation, what the effects and limitations are in practice, and how successful models can be transferred.