A Quick Reminder on What's on at the Conference
There is Conferencing, Panel Discussions and Unconferencing components to the program. They all complement each other and each component is vital in creating a meaningful and personalised experience for every participant.
The conferencing portion will feature presentations from Manish Jain, Lainie Liberti, Mia Von Scha, Jenayne Jenneker, Tarsha Leigh Jenneker, Ahmed Chicktay and Renuka Ramroop.
The unconference will be a cocreation by participants around the issues that matter deeply to them and that they are passionate about. Each participant decides on the level of their engagement. All our voices, stories and questions are important! This is one of the overriding motivations for this kind of format. This is also where we facilitate connections and find the people that are sharing similar challenges and journeys. And of course all the speakers will be available and participating too.
The panel discussions are open to all participants that want to share on the relevant topic. There will be a sign up sheet at the event to add yourself on as a panelist or you can email us to add you on as a panelist.
Panel 1: Alternatives To School: Self Directed Learning Centres, Democratic Schools, Micro Schools, Homeschool Co-ops, Special Needs Centres, Worldschooling
What kind of free learning spaces for self directed learners are available or in the process of being established? This important panel discussion is a space for participants to present their projects and adventures in establishing self directed learning centres, democratic schools, micro schools, learning co-ops and unschooling and worldschooling options.
Panel 2: Diversity and Inclusivity
The legacy of colonialism has left many embracing the dominant idea of what it means to be educated. For some, stepping out of mainstream schooling is an isolating experience from their communities and from the alternative education community. How does an alternative education community make space for the intersection of our various identities: Cultural, Racial, Class, Gender, Sexual Orientation. This is an important conversation for South Africans. In this session, participants can share and dialogue on how their identities experience the inclusiveness of the alternative education movement here in SA and what changes, if any, are needed to embrace this diversity.
So Who are the Speakers and what are they speaking on?
Manish Jain – India. Swaraj University + Shikshantar + Global Eco Universities Network.
Manish will be talking about Learning Communities, sharing his experience and wisdom in building Shikshantar in Udaipur, his reflections on the rising number of ecoversities / alternative higher education spaces in the world, and challenging us to rethink what we consider to be a ‘good education’.
Lainie Liberti and Miro Siegel – USA/South America/ Location Independent Project Worldschooling + Tedx Amsterdam + For the Love of Learning Show.
Lainie and Miro, who left home for a year of travel and 7 years later are still travelling will be sharing their reflections on living your truth and how Anything is Possible if you just take the first step.
Jenayne Jenneker – South Africa, Grown Unschooler and events manager
Tarsha Leigh Jenneker – South Africa, Grown Unschooler and Wits BCom Law Student.
Jenayne and Tarsha Leigh will be sharing their journeys of becoming without schooling and answering our questions. You’ll be feel a lot more excited about your own journey outside of schooling after listening to these incredible girls.
Jenayne and Tarsha Leigh will also host a teens only Frank Talk session where the teens can share their concerns and challenges and find ways to support one another.
Mia Von Scha – South Africa. Transformational Parenting
Mia will be talking about Authentic Learning for Authentic Living and how parents can partner with their children on this journey of freedom in learning.
Renuka Ramroop – South Africa. Academic Researcher, Unschooling Parent
Renuka will be sharing research on play and its importance as well as talking about new directions in her research on natural learning.
Ahmed Chicktay – South Africa. Unschooling Parent of 3
Ahmed will be talking about the little understood yet fundamentally important concept of Freedom for children – in learning and living.
What Else is On
- A free play, creative space in the garden under the Marquee. Young children are welcome and their laughter, curiosity and spontaneity are a gift to all communities. This space is designed with their enjoyment in mind so please don’t feel you have to leave your littlies behind. Their movement between the free play area and conference room is most welcomed.
- Funschops – Woodwork, Upcycling, Polymer Clay
- A (un) Talent Show on Saturday evening – so start planning/thinking about it if you are coming
- Designing your own Utopia session for teens.
- Minecraft Lan
- Activities/Workshops that participants wish to offer: Writing Club, Songwriting, Bird Watching, Photography, Knitting, Henna Art and more, are all welcome.
- Screening of Schooling the World and a possible Q&A with producer Carol Black thereafter.