OSF logoEarly Childhood Program, Education Support Program and Human Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations

Course date

10 July - 14 July, 2017
Application for this program is closed.
Course Director(s): 

Alison Hillman

Human Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations, Washington D.C., United States of America

Kate Lapham

Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations, Istanbul, Turkey

Jan Peeters

The Centre for Innovations in the Early Years (VBJK), Gent, Belgium

Around the world, children and youth face exclusion and discrimination due to disability, race, language, religion, gender, and poverty. This has lifelong consequences on their development, opportunities, and social inclusion.

The Summer Institute on Social Exclusion and Discrimination of Children and Youth will bring together a vibrant mix of students, policy makers, academics, early childhood practitioners, activists, and government and non-government representatives to learn about new developments and research in the field—and how they can be applied across different contexts. The Summer Institute will also allow professionals from different sectors and communities across Europe and Eurasia to connect and network, while sharing their knowledge and experience.

The themes of the Summer Institute’s two sub-courses address the social and political barriers that adversely affect too many children and youth from their first contact as individuals with the state: the school system. Within schools, the opportunities provided and the expectations conveyed—or the lack thereof—play a vital role in in shaping children’s and youths’ experience of citizenship and inclusion, or statelessness and exclusion.

Applicants should decide which of the following parallel sub-courses they would like to attend:

Sub-course 1:
Inclusive Education: Evidence, activism and converging constituencies

Designed for people working on advocacy and policy related to children’s right to education, this course will provide participants with opportunities to dissect, discuss, and debate inclusive education and discrimination in education with experts from the field.

Sub-course 2
The Role of Early Childhood Development in Promoting Equity and Social Inclusion: Theory, policy and practice

This course will review the role of early childhood development in tackling the causes and symptoms of exclusion, focussing specifically on children and families most at risk of social exclusion, including those with disabilities and special educational needs, Roma and other minority groups, and migrants and refugees. The course will look primarily at policies and services in Europe and Eurasia.