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Policy event: Beyond just ‘tolerable’ education


Many sources indi­cate that men­tal health and well-being increase aca­d­e­m­ic achieve­ments in for­mal set­tings. In the event, we will present research find­ings on how chil­dren and young peo­ple expe­ri­ence their edu­ca­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly its impact on their men­tal health and well-being of how they per­ceive the rel­e­vance of school­ing for their futures and their lives.

Kath Brans­by from the Wal­dorf UK and Jo Inch­ley from HBSC will share their thoughts on how to make school not only more attrac­tive and engag­ing, but have it make a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to well-being and future prospects of young peo­ple. They will describe how to cre­ate joy­ful class­room envi­ron­ments where poten­tial can flourish.

Host­ed by MEP Geuk­ing, the event is serv­ing as the 92nd Qual­i­ty of Child­hood (QoC) talk and is wel­com­ing onsite par­tic­i­pa­tion and online fol­low­ing of the pre­sen­ta­tions. Reg­is­tra­tions for onsite par­tic­i­pa­tion are open until 29 Feb­ru­ary 2024, except for the ones with the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment badge and for the online participants.

QoC agenda

10.00 Words of wel­come from the Euro­pean Parliament

MEP Niels Geuk­ing, EPP

10.10 Alliance for Child­hood plans for the new year

Christo­pher Cloud­er, chair­man of the Alliance for Child­hood ENG

10.20 How do young peo­ple feel about school?

Jo Inch­ley, inter­na­tion­al coor­di­na­tor of the HBSC

10.40 Rethink­ing Cur­ricu­lum, Re-imag­in­ing the Classroom

Kath Brans­by, edu­ca­tion coor­di­na­tor at the Wal­dorf UK

11.00 Video mes­sage from Wifa Cologne busi­ness school

Sven­ja Schnei­der, child­hood edu­ca­tion and management

11.10 Con­ver­sa­tion with the audince

Facil­i­ta­tion: Chiara Pic­co­lo, man­ag­ing direc­tor of the Alliance for Child­hood ENG

11.20 Wrap up and clos­ing remarks

Christo­pher Cloud­er, chair­man of the Alliance for Child­hood ENG

11.30 End

Post-QoC agenda

12.00 Infor­mal con­ver­sa­tion with speak­ers over an “easy lunch”

Daniel Kropf, chair and founder of L4WB Foundation