Hungary, Budapest

Social Exclusion and Discrimination of Children and Youth

when 10 July 2017 - 14 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1 ECTS
fee EUR 300

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.

Course leader

Alison Hillman, Human Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundations, Washington D.C., USA
Kate Lapham, Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations, Istanbul, Turkey
Jan Peeters, The Centre for Innovations in the Early Years (VBJK), Gent, Belgium

Target group

The course invites global applications from educational researchers, policy analysts, education finance specialists, government officials, advanced graduate students and faculty members. Preference will be given to applicants with academic and professional experience with these issues.

Applications are invited from academics and practitioners in education, particularly those with experience designing and implementing education programs and managing initiatives related to education budgeting and financing.

Course aim

The summer school on Innovative Financing for Education will introduce participants to the complex political economy of financing for education. With the funding gap for achieving global targets for education estimated at $26 billion per year, the dynamic between commitment to education for all and reduced financial space from traditional sources needs to be appreciated before moving to any discussion of financing issues specifically. After a detailed look at the traditional sources of funding and the dynamics determining their current limits and future prospects, the course will move to introducing broad ideas for possible and non-traditional sources of finance for education.

Credits info

Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 300: No fee charged


Accepted applicants will have their expenses (travel, accommodation and stipend) covered (except for health insurance).