Programme

Photo by USGS on Unsplash
Photo by USGS on Unsplash

| ONLINE MODULE #1 | 10-11 September 2021

 TOPIC: The importance of a global sustainable transition to foster an inclusive society with a focus on Europe and Africa

ANALYSIS PATH: What are the international legal bases of the ecological transition and how might they impact on the most vulnerable people within Europe, such as people at risk of exclusion from labour market? How are Africa and the international politics adressing climate-induced migration in and from Africa?

CONCEPT: The 2030 Agenda represents the commitment of the international community to the definition of an “action plan for people, planet and prosperity”. The ecological transition should consider the social and inclusive dimensions of productive processes, both as values required by the increasing sensitivity among consumers, and as relevant drivers to avoid the possibility of leaving behind the weakest part of the societies as well as the poorest areas of the planet. To be just and inclusive, the transition should be accompanied by policies that will support labour and education, protection from poverty, cooperation and balance between countries and different areas in the world. In particular, it is compelling to rethink traditional development models in Africa and to use transformational change to build a sustainable future for the continent. What are the international legal bases of the ecological transition and how could it impact on the most vulnerable people within Europe, such as people at risk of exclusion from the labour market? How are Africa and international politics addressing climate-induced migration in and from Africa?



| ONLINE MODULE #2 | 17-18 September 2021

TOPIC: Towards a sustainable Europe: an opportunity for inclusiveness through new job creation

ANALYSIS PATH: How is the labour market changing and how will it be renewed? What are the tools to avoid inequality and exclusion among those who have difficultly adapting to the transition (low-skilled / under-skilled people, new-comers)? What attention is being paid to the “castaways” of the ecological transition?

CONCEPT: The new opportunities that will be generated thanks to the revolution towards sustainability must be a driver to make our societies more just and inclusive. The creation of new green jobs will play a crucial role in reducing the existing gap between poor and rich people, both at a local and global level. In addition, in order to adequately take care of the social dimension of the transition, the education system, the third sector, the training sector and businesses will have to facilitate a productive dialogue and to collaborate in order to outline new educational and training systems (up-skilling and re-skilling of workers, in particular those at risk of exclusion due to their previous employment in the linear economy, and migrants). In this transition process, in the light of the increasing intensity of the social and economic crisis provoked by the pandemic, it is important to stand explicitly for combating inequalities in order to avoid an increase in social and economic polarisations.


| ONLINE MODULE #3 | 24 September 2021

TOPIC: Local Authorities as agents of change towards social and environmental sustainability

ANALYSIS PATH: How are local authorities working to enhance the changes in their territories and how should they act to protect citizens and workers, both migrant and native, at risk of exclusion (low-skilled / under-skilled people)?

CONCEPT: Local Authorities have been put in the spotlight for their role in the realisation of the global agendas embracing the social and environmental sustainability challenge, and many of them have demonstrated their commitment. How are they working to enhance the changes in their territories and how should they act to protect citizens and workers, both migrant and native, at risk of exclusion (low-skilled / under-skilled people, new-comers)? Different solutions to seize the upcoming opportunities have been put in place and many others will be implemented to guarantee a transition that is just and inclusive for all.


| ON-SITE MODULE #4 | 3/4/5 October 2021 (Lampedusa, Italy)

TOPIC: The private sector as an agent of change towards sustainability

ANALYSIS PATH: What is the private sector doing to innovate business and to include the most vulnerable people?

CONCEPT: For companies, the transition towards social and environmental sustainability is no longer just the result of a strategic choice aimed at best responding to the arising needs of consumers but has become an assumption of responsibility in front of their stakeholders. They have taken on the role of change makers, demonstrating their fundamental role in driving the sustainable transition. What is the private sector doing to innovate business and to include the most vulnerable people?


The 2021 edition of the International School will offer to the participants an exclusive training module on Social Impact Assessment. Project work sessions in small groups conducted by a tutor will aim to explore in more depth the theme of impact assessment, supporting the participants to analyze consistent tools applicable in different contexts and disciplines. The project work will be followed by an expert who will provide support to participants both during and outside the days scheduled for the lessons, so as to offer dedicated and in-depth training in the days between sessions. Project work sessions will be supported by collaborative online tools, where participants and tutors will have the opportunity to collaborate, work on assignments and networking at international level.

The first three sessions will be held on-line, while the fourth session will take place as a face-to-face session on the island of Lampedusa (with the possibility to take part on-line), coinciding with the important anniversary of the shipwreck disaster of October 3rd, 2013. During this period the island hosts various initiatives, becoming a meeting place for people who have lived or who are interested in sharing experiences related to marginalisation and migration.

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