San Gil, Columbia, Netherlands

Youth, Education and Work in (post-)conflict Areas

when 20 July 2021 - 30 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 350

Due to the covid-19 outbreak, all programmes for 2020 have been cancelled.

The summer school ‘Youth, education and work in (post-)conflict areas’ is an activity of the international research network on Youth, Education and Work. The summer school takes place in San Gil, a town in a rural area of Colombia. The area is particularly interesting because of the history of its cooperative sector, which promotes opportunities for the youth as a strategy for social transformation.

The summer school programme encompasses background information about the recent history of Colombia, the role of the University of San Gil, the peace agreement of 2016 and its aftermath. Scholars from other (post-)conflict areas will present research from other contexts. Among them representatives of Gulu University in northern Uganda, the base to the UNESCO chair on Lifelong Learning, Youth and Work and the host of one of the previous summer schools.

All the information will come to life, when conducting research in the rural environment of San Gil: How does the youth respond to the challenges in a (post-)conflict area? Which difficulties do they encounter in establishing a livelihood? How do the University of San Gil and other organisations come in? These themes will be object of joint fieldwork in small groups in which summer school participants cooperate with scholars from other (post-)conflict areas and students of the University of San Gil who know the area. By way of Participatory Action Research (PAR), the summer school offers the possibility to get to know ‘the stories from within’.

Course leader

Prof. Jacques Zeelen (UNESCO Chair Gulu University and Globalisation Studies, Faculty of Arts, Groningen)
Josje van der Linden (Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, Groningen )

Target group

This summer school is intended for researchers, policy makers, practitioners, undergraduate, graduate and PhD students from all backgrounds.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English. Preferably participants have (basic) knowledge of the Spanish language to communicate with people in San Gil.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

- Explain how issues around youth, education and work play a role in (post-) conflict areas, especially in Colombia
- Conduct fieldwork integrating methods from Participatory Action Research
- Discuss and interact with a diverse company on problems and interventions in the area of youth, education and work in (post-)conflict areas

Credits info

Upon successful completion of the programme, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 350: if you pay before 1 May 2020

incl. coffee, tea, lunch, welcome and farewell dinner, local transport and transport from the airport in Bogotá to SanGil
EUR 400: for payments after 1 May 2020

incl. coffee, tea, lunch, welcome and farewell dinner, local transport and transport from the airport in Bogotá to SanGil