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Summer School: Finding Your Way in the Education-Work Transition

Dates of summer school 16-25 July 2024

Application deadline: 20 April 2024

Target audience: Students trying to find their way into the working world and practitioners interested in social entrepreneurship

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Finding your way in the education-work transition can evoke a variety of doubts. Young people are confronted with questions like: What kind of work would I like to do? What am I good at? What would I like to achieve? Entering the world of work is not only about possessing the right knowledge and skills, but also requires a certain attitude, self-esteem and useful relationships.

The summer school is designed for students trying to find their way into the working world and for practitioners interested in social entrepreneurship. Participants will acquire valuable tools for entrepreneurship and mental resilience. Gulu, northern Uganda, offers unique possibilities for fieldwork and interdisciplinary exchange to gain insight in mental resilience and youth entrepreneurship in a complex post-conflict area.

In Uganda, many young people look to entrepreneurship for making a living. Some of them turn into social entrepreneurs, not only supporting themselves and their families, but also the surrounding communities. In Gulu city, this asks for strong resilience as the violent conflicts of some decades ago are still part of the collective memory. The city with its large, lively market offers a valuable context for fieldwork to explore youth entrepreneurship in relation to mental resilience. The fieldwork, which is at the core of the summer school, will be prepared in interactive lectures and shared in interdisciplinary groupwork and presentations at Gulu University. The programme draws on the experiences and expertise of the UNESCO chair on Lifelong learning, youth and work. The insights gained will feed into the collective knowledge production and lead to the proposal of innovations in educational programmes.

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