We don’t know how to communicate like normal people and look people in the eye and talk to them. “ Athena, Age 13 This is just one simple statement from a young person, yet holding layers of meaning and wonder. We will be sharing experiences, research and ideas around how education can help bring in the ‘hope for change’ component to stories of fear, loss and grief, chronic anxiety, war and trauma.
This workshop offers an opportunity to reflect on the social, emotional and mental health needs of children and young people and to consider how school and educational practice might be re-imagined in order enable children and young people experience education as healing, inclusive and holistic, enabling them to enter adult life with confidence in themselves and others. Against the backdrop of the covid pandemic, ecological crisis and protest movements against racism and male sexual violence the need to consider how schools and cultures promote wellbeing, compassionate relationships and citizenship has never been greater. Brought together though a shared interest in developing "CosmoKidz", and “Cosmopolis 2045”, school resources inspired by the ideas of Co-ordinated Management of Meaning, the presenters will share aspects of their work and look forward to learning about the hopes and activities of others working in or interested in this area.