Bringing about change in ghetto schools Event as iCalendar

15 August 2017

4 - 5pm

Venue: J2 Lecture Theatre, Epsom Campus

Location: 74 Epsom Avenue, Epsom, Aucland

Host: School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work

Cost: Free

Contact info: No registration required

Teresa and Liviu
Teresa and Liviu

A seminar with Liviu-Cătălin Mara and Teresa Morlà, University Rovira i Virgili, Spain

The Saleacom Project is creating a global research network with a shared goal: to overcome inequalities affecting children and youth who are systematically underserved. These crucial challenges are being addressed through the identification of successful educational actions, which are overcoming the educational exclusion of the most vulnerable students such as Roma, indigenous populations, and African American, among others. One example will be Mediterrani, which was known as a ghetto school until 2012. It then became a Learning Community that implements successful educational actions.

We bring forward the experience of this school due to the good results it has attained since its transformation as a Learning Community. This school is an example that when family and community participate in the successful educational actions it can reduce absenteeism, increase enrolment and achieve better internal evaluations. From our experience as volunteers at the Mediterrani School, we will explain two of the successful educational actions that have contributed to this improvement: interactive groups (with students) and dialogical literary gatherings (with mothers).

About the presenters

Liviu-Cătălin Mara (Romania) with Teresa Morlà (Catalonia) are visiting PhD students from the Univeristy Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona, Spain. They are part the international project Saleacom that looks to overcome educational and social exclusion in schools and learning communities. Both teach sociology in Social Work and Labour Relations; they also volunteer at a ghetto school where they employ some of the eight Successful Educational Actions (SEA) such as interactive groups and dialogic literary gatherings. Liviu is in his final year – his dissertation looks at pedagogical and technological innovation in adult education.  He works to bring about social change through alternative views of masculinities. Teresa’s dissertation looks at the abilities and creativity skills of undergraduate students.