Programme announced: ‘Learning Together’ conference

reasearching‘Education about co-operatives’, ‘Education for co-operatives’ and ‘Education in a co-operative way’ are the themes of the College’s ‘Learning together: Perspectives in Co-operative Education’ conference, which takes at the People’s History Museum in Manchester on Tuesday 9 December.

We can now also announce the keynote speakers and panellists. Dame Pauline Green, President of the International Co-operative Alliance, Mervyn Wilson, Principal and Chief Executive of the Co-operative College, and Saskia Neibig of the Woodcraft Folk will deliver keynote speeches, with the day opened and concluded by Ed Mayo, Secretary General of the Co-operatives UK.

This will be followed by six sessions themed ‘Youth-led learning about co-operatives‘, which will feature the input of organisations Uniser (Italy), Young Co-operatives (UK), Woodcraft Folk (UK); ‘Wider perspectives and histories of co-operative education’, which will feature academics alongside Jennifer Mabbott, Rochdale Pioneers Museum Manager; ‘Building the co-operative education sector’, which will focus on co-operative schools and co-operative education support services; ‘Working in different sectors audiences/raising awareness’, which will cover universities, trade unions and new mutuals; ‘Co-ops in Developing Countries’, encompassing Malawi, Kenya, Lesotho and Uganda; and ‘Co-operative Learning in the Classroom’.

After lunch, sessions will explore examples of co-operative universities, education for good governance – drawing on examples from the UK, Germany and Canada – and ‘learning to participate’ in co-operatives. The afternoon will then be thrown open to discussion,

To receive the ‘early bird’ rate of £80 for the conference book by Tuesday 30 September. After the end of September the conference will cost £95. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

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