The 9th Symposium stands under the subject of »BROUGHT UP FOR SERFS ONLY?«

Date: 18th-19th October, 2018

Location: CELJE, School Centre Celje, Secodary School for Services and Logistics 
(Slovene: Šolski center Celje, Srednja šola za storitvene dejavnosti in logistiko), Slovenia 


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The short presentation of the symposium:

1. Contents and goals

The symposium aims at bettering the school system, so the young are drawn to it and guided by it in the process of discovering their interests, needs and abilities when undergoing their development. The development and lifelong learning of young learners is being put in the centre of discussion from kindergarten to university stage.

The civilian structure of the society should also contribute to the development of a better school system, mainly by pointing out the weaknesses and unusual features of the system, which the state itself cannot notice. 

The potential impact on non-governmental organizations, associations and institutions, and not least, the taxpayers to the state school system, is the field of the survey, the suggestions and reflections of the symposium.

The prospects and lectures of domestic and foreign experts in the plenum, the lessons and experiences of good practice by teachers at all levels of the school system, convinced us to hold a new international conference for the 9th time.

This year’s symposium is dedicated to one’s life path, individual and social reflection towards oneself, society, the upbringing, education and to the world in general. Year 2018 has been dedicated to the writer Ivan Cankar who himself asked a similar question in his numerous works, a question whether we can merely be brought up as serfs only or are we capable and willing enough to achieve a higher level of self-awareness, becoming a responsible and fully developed personality?

Today’s upbringing and education are influenced by so many factors, first steps are taken in the early childhood, and the process actually never stops. Permissive upbringing as an achievement of today’s society has taken its toll on certain generations. Is this method still good enough to enable us teachers, parents and other workers in education to help young people grow up as independent, healthy individuals?

We ask ourselves whether generations today are still inquisitive and energetic enough, are they still positively inclined towards work and their peers. Alternatively, are they passive, individualistic, uncompromising?

A balance between teachers and parents should co-exist. Have we transferred the burden of upbringing solely on the parents themselves or have we allowed them to be too close and too involved inside the work of an educational system? What is the role of the educational system when it comes to upbringing? We must not forget the influence of modern technology which makes young children unsociable from the very start, uninterested to co-operate between each other and unable to be empathy.

Where is the place for cultural heritage and the attitude of youngsters towards it?

These two are crucial for establishing respect and understanding of other cultures, traditions and civilizations. These have been very important lately due to migration currents and of key importance to provide a peaceful co-existence of people now and in the future.

 At the symposium, we expect articles and a constructive debate on

  • how the upbringing is involved in the educational process,
  • which methods are mostly used and how these are reflected in praxis,
  • what is the level of co-operation with parents and the rest of the society,
  • with which problems and dilemmas we meet in this line of work and how do we deal with them,
  • and how the knowledge of and the attitude towards cultural heritage is implemented into educational process. 

2. Participants

The conference is attended by business leaders, principals, teachers, educators, consultants, representatives of trade unions, heads of civilian organizations and associations, and other professionals interested in this area. Our symposium has already received contributions from Germany, Sweden, France, Spain, Mexico, Australia, Luxembourg, Croatia, Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

3. Certificates

The participants of the international symposium will receive their confirmation in accordance with the regulations governing the promotion of professional staff in education and training. Certificates are available in English and / or German.

4. Registration and further information

For further information please contact Mrs. Rosana Jordan (contact above). Every application from abroad is treated individually.