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Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece and Cyprus, seen with new eyes - from the sea. Art by Lucas Rampazzo.

Launch: Friday September 2, 15.00 AMS/IT, together with the Blended Learning Advisor of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Technical University Delft (TU/Delft) The Netherlands

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‘SouthSouth European Peer to Peer’ is our breeding ground for innovation - a space to listen, dialogue, share (mistakes, experimentations), exchange experiences, be inventive.

The idea for a South South European ‘Peer to Peer’ for university teachers, originates from the time that lockdowns started lifting, and we woke up to a new Europe in higher education. Does it make sense - to believe, the South is in the unique and optimal position to develop capacity, in the South? Might they have similar experiences, challenges and inventiveness?

We take our time to explore this well.

We approach the North and South of Europe without compartmentalising the regions, but rather seeing the fluidity of their borders, and exploring each other’s worlds, history, present experiences, needs, ideas and hopes. You can see this beautifully reflected in the graphic art created especially for the event, in which Lucas Rampazzo sees the South with new eyes, from the sea, and as a single borderless line.

Our focus in finding common ground is on (technical / pedagogical) teacher training of university teachers and South-South capacity development through hardcore listening, dialogue and peer exchange. 

To ground the exploration, our umbrella is in the technical field of architecture, urban planning, urbanism, climate.

We aspire to connect Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece (incl Cyprus), organically over time. We do so through our pilots, teacher training and clientwork.

The envisioned ‘Peer to Peer’ listening, exchange, dialogue exists of researchers and university teachers (which are not mutually exclusive and even seasonal).

Ours is an open-ended endeavour, which takes shape in the present tense, through our dialogues and pilots.

Why South-South
South-South refers to the initiative to ignite capacity development of university teachers that follows a two-way direction especially within the South of Europe itself (peer to peer exchange). Thereby the dialectic, the contradiction, the comparison, are not ignored but actively sought as a rich way to explore the boundaries of these worlds and their lived realities, worlds, histories, dreams. Coming from an applied/practical and technical angle, a SouthSouth orientation can enhance our understanding of teacher training in this context, to integrate both its limitations and its qualities, and integrate them with inventiveness and innovation. Resonating with the realities and cultures of both the South and its universities is considered a priority.

It is a matter of finding the right angle with regard to the South-South initiative for capacity development of university teachers. Tension arises from the assumption of a homogeneity in the South. It risks losing the opportunity for heterogeneous networks where different ideas and solutions can be discovered. We must steer clear of zoning which creates differences instead of promoting broader tables.

On the other hand, there may be a niche that does not yet exist yet and could be tested using the South-South concept as a way for peer to peer exchange. This would shortcut interference from different contexts which would complicate the focus of the discussion. The assumption made is, then, that there is a homogeneity of characteristics, and that through this angle the subgroup is preserved in such a way that solutions to any issue can be discussed effectively. A critical point to bear in mind, is the difference between the north of the south, and the south of the south.

What is being undertaken to date?
Our participatory action research (PAR) in the Conference on the Future of Europe infuses the orientation of our exploration. Find the report here.

One of the things that came out very strongly from the PAR, is the bleeding, the exodus of young people from the South, to the North. Our intiatives are definitely a way to strengthen the base, in the South, through peer and expert exchange. Sharing with peers may bring eye openers, new inventiveness, encouragement and innovation.

As proven by our PAR, it is not always easy to reach out in the South, for a variety of reasons including workloads of university staff. This too, is why we opted for audio podcast for open access teacher training, which can be streamed in a moment good for the listener, and are moreover short (10-20 min.).

The vision for the audio podcast pilot, foremost, is to make teacher training accessible to all university teachers, and raise awareness of the importance of solid training in technique and pedagogy. We give exposure to the interdisciplinary and wonderful field of teaching.

Status (winter 2022)
We followed through with the initiative in summer and autumn 2022 with a pilot with teacher training through audio pocast: ‘how to design a resilient curriculum’. This podcast is part of the StudiOpedia - the backbone of our resilience course. The audio was coupled with ZOOM teacher training to young teachers (ie PhDs) from Naples, Athens - and also involving relevant experts such as from TU/Delft in the Netherlands. The pilot, with the backup of DiARC UNINA in Naples, has been insightful and allowed us to consolidate the audio podcast approach.

Based on the pilot findings, the SouthSouth Peer to Peer network is from here on, informed via Email of new releases to further optimise flexibilty and accessibility. And equally, to be more healthy and effective with our own time and attention.

We are taking things forward, by finding new entry points for meaningful relationships through our advisory work as StudioBlended, focusing more on mid-career academic teachers and coordinators. The pilot revealed that blended re-design is more pressing and relevant to them.

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Who leads?
Blended operates as the lead of the network, in the person of Tikvah Breimer (MSc MEd MSc), lead and founder of the foundation and senior consultant and teacher trainer.

Veronica Olivotto (PhD candidate), Expert Climate Change Risk and Adaptation, is advisor to the network.

Curious? Passionate about higher education in the South of Europe too as a lecturer or specialist? About resilience, and teacher training in this context? Interested in partnering with us?

Feel free to connect Tikvah directly to make an appointment for a call 

We are here especially for you as unique educational professional, to come alongside you as you work on the curriculum design of your module, course, training or degree, so that you can offer good and resilient education in the long run.

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