It has been over 2 months since our last event and we're looking back with fond memories. As you know TEDxAmsterdamED 2017 was put together by a huge team, and we really want to thank all involved.
A warm, big, THANK YOU
So here we go. This is not a short message, however it is very important as all was made possible by volunteers and generous partners.
I only decided to join the TEDxAmsterdamED team as a blogging partner on the evening before the event on the 31st of May, a spontaneous choice that my friend Jessika Lynch made possible. This was certainly the first event for Quirk Heaven and looking at the program I immediately saw a connection - the state of the education nowadays seen from the different perspectives of the speakers. The location was also a first for me, I was curious about Theater Amsterdam ever since I was working in the Houthaven area and I saw it raising up from it’s first brick. But seeing it from the outside is nothing compared to what it looks like from within.
"I thought all Moroccans grew up to be criminals," little Mohammed said when he was ten. Little of stature and big of mind, this boy challenged himself to find out whether there is a future for Moroccans in the Netherlands. He started a search for successful Dutch Moroccans with a viral video that garnered over one million views. He interviewed rapper and producer Ali B, Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb and TV reporter Mustafa Marghadi. Together with Mo and some students, Robin van Duin produced a documentary about Mohammed's journey, which will be shown at the upcoming CineKid film festival. Noted documentary maker Frans Bromet has advised the makers during the process. The resulting film is a true story about how a young boy can make a big difference.
Jelle Jolles, a neuropsychologist with the Centre for Brain and Learning and author of 'The Adolescent Brain. He speaks about the teenager as "work in progress" and shows how the development of the brain and cognitive abilities are dependent on the active support of teachers and parents.
Iliass El Hadioui, professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, studies the relationship between street and school culture. Thereby distinguishing feminine from masculine values. In this talk he will share the most important insights from his research on social exclusion of youngsters from various ethnic backgrounds.