• Conference: Education for a Society of Solidarity

  • All over Europe the education system appears to be in a bad shape. There is a non-working Bologna system, the education system reproducing classes and there is a financial catastrophe at schools and universities caused by the trend to market compatibility and austerity measures implemented by the states.
    These are only a few reasons why the idea of an International Conference on Education not only makes sense, but is necessary to develop new concepts and strategies for changing the education system. Therefore this conference will take place on the 19-20 October, 2012 in Vienna, Austria.
    The aim of this conference is to form a draft that could lead to a “manifesto for educational policy of the European Left”. The participants of the conference will be invited not only to listen to speeches but to join several groups for different workshops.


Friday, 19 October 2012
Lecture hall B, court 2

17:00 - 20.30

Welcome, opening with presentations by

  • Sonja Crivelli(Labour Party, Switzerland, EL - Education Working Group)
  • Erich Ribolits (Education researcher, Vienna)
  • Birge Krondorfer (Political philosopher, Vienna)
  • Followed by discussion

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Lecture hall C1 + foyer, court 2

10:00 to 13:00 Workshops – Round tables Part 1:

Divided into educational levels:

  • Preschool and compulsory education
  • Colleges
  • Vocational Education and training
  • Universities
  • Adult- and further education

These levels are dealt with along the following thematic axes:

  • Austerity
  • Migration
  • Education Movements
  • Gender
  • Democracy

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 - 16:30 Workshops – Round tables Part 2:

The round tables are constituted along the following topics, to guarantee a comprehensive view on all levels and facets of education

  • Educationunder conditions ofausterity
  • Education and migration
  • Educationmovements in Europe
  • Educationandgender
  • Democracyin education

16:30 End of the conference

Following the conference a big party will take place to celebrate "40 Years of Communist Students’ Association – Left Alliance” close by – at Albert Schweitzer Haus, Schwarzspanierstrasse 13, 1090 Wien