2017: From an Outside Perspective
School of school leaders: enabling educational leaders to lead the change
"School of School leaders' supports educational leaders to transform their schools into impactful accelerators of change, peace and sustainable development to serve the true purpose of education: unleashing the infinite potential of children."
Jasmijn believes that education should not (just) be focused on what society needs now, but rather on what it will require from its people in the future. In order to achieve this, she builds a ‘School of School leaders’ which supports educational leaders to transform their schools into impactful accelerators of change, peace and sustainable development to serve the true purpose of education: unleashing the infinite potential of mankind. It will be an academy for and a learning community of school leaders who feel the urge to make the shift and to take responsibility for the future of our children.
“Education is the only thing you can take with you” – Educating refugee children using e-learning
"Young refugees lose their childhood and, with an interrupted
education, their future. Through Thaki, we help give young refugees back hope by providing them
with e-learning tools on donated computers through a model of collaboration."
A daughter of refugees herself, Rudayne has founded the Thaki (Arabic for smart) Foundation with the aim of helping the many displaced children continue their education. The foundation does so by providing “gently used computers”, loading them with links to self-paced educational content, and getting them to young refugees with limited educational resouces. So far, the foundation has reached over 4000 children.
Gamificiation as a means to personalising education
"BlockChange wants to use blockchain technology in education to give students feedback and build a broad personal profile of students, owned by the student, thus restoring trust in the relationship between teacher and student."
BlockChange is aimed at the gamification of education – through a profile in which the talents and skills of a student become visible, and by using a block chain to ensure the transfer of value is stored for life. The program is committed to changing education from a cohort based structure to a flexible way of teachers helping students develop.
Meeting is the new form of learning
"Meeting is the new form of learning. Not the story from a book, but through sharing and passing on the authentic personal history from elders to youngsters, and teaching the child to become the new storyteller."
‘War in my neighbourhood’ organises meetings between primary school pupils and local older people, to give the students a taste of the living history of their area. Students are taught how to interview their ‘neighbour’, go tot heir home to have a meeting and finally present their findings. This program has so far educated over 2000 children, giving them a local, personal look into often too-big-to-comprehend historical events.
Mixed reality in higher education
"EDtech innovation team from Leiden University develops first interactive mixed reality HoloLens application for medical education to investigate anatomy with your own body movements."
A team of experts from the University of Leiden and the Leiden UMC has added a new feature to the Microsoft HoloLens, which enables the medical holograms in the app to move with the human body. This enables a real-time, three-dimensional model for students to learn from, using their own bodies as learning tools. This immersive way of learning through Mixed Reality is a gamechanger in higher education, and has many more possible applications which are still being developed daily.
Develop your talents through simple storytelling
"If we want to prepare kids for a future we can't grasp, for jobs that don't even exist yet, we should teach them how to be creative, autonomous and apt to adapt, time and time again."
That's why Joep created a four-week talent-program for primary schools, called yoopie-class. Yoopie-class uses a miraculously easy five step storytelling principle to help kids look at themselves and their talents from different perspectives. Little structure, lots of freedom.
"The most inspiring lessons learnt from a successful Dutch gapyear-program, created by a crowd of people who -without any money- developed new ways of supporting young people in their most essential teachings of life."
The Break Year Foundation provides one and two semester gap year experiences for teens and young adults coming out of the Dutch secondary education system. In the program, participants learn to face the modern world by learning how to connect to others and themselves, to celebrate mistakes as teachable moments, and to be active and responsible fort heir actions. Connecting to nature and practicing patience are also vital parts of this program, aimed at empowering our young people.
"Onderwijs Avonturen; reality based education."
Adventures in Education was set up last year to “create and inspire meaningful, challenging, future-oriented, socially concerned and adventurous education” by connecting primary school students and their teachers to real-life adventurers, athletes, rescue workers, politicians, etc. They become actively involved with the adventure, from planning to realisation and evaluation. The aim of the project is to teach the children skills and attitudes they would not obtain through regular education.
"In Expedition Europe, our students will develop insight and empathy by roleplaying different characters in a current European scenario, and by completing missions with which they build up an internationalization portfolio."
Through the multi-disciplinary project Expedition Europe, students at the Revius Lyceum are challenged to take on roles of different people involved in receiving and housing refugees, as well as choosing missions and mastering a set of skills laid out for them. The aim of the project is to further facilitate the internationalisation of our education system, as well as building on the students’ empathy and communication skills.
"The story of Restart Network – or how we turned education upside down to build a world class, tuition-free coding school for refugees."
Restart network recognised two societal and economic problems and found a way to connect them: how to facilitate the integration of refugees coming into Europe, and what to do about the lack of qualified IT professionals throughout the EU. Through crowdfunding Restart Network organized a three-month bootcamp for selected refugees, involving tech companies and building a network fort he partcipants, resulting in them becoming web developers ready for the job market.