19 July 2012Four School for Policy Studies undergraduates (from Childhood Studies, Social Policy and joint honours Social Policy and Politics) participated in a summer school in The Hague, Netherlands recently (July 2012).
The two-week-long event, held at the Institute for Social Sciences, was part of the EU Tempus funded project on Public Policy and Child Rights in Jordan and Egypt and involved students from Jordan, Egypt, Netherlands, Germany and Bristol.
Participants studied together on the topic of child poverty and social exclusion and received lectures from staff from all the participating countries. They debated policy issues and considered the impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on child poverty and inclusion as well as on the exercising of children’s rights. They also had a number of discussions related to the Arab Spring and the hopes for democracy in Egypt and the Middle East and North African regions.
Joanna Suchy, BSc Childhood Studies student said: "Attending was one of the best spontaneous decisions I have ever made. Not only were the lectures interesting, relevant and inspiring but the programme allowed to meet a lot of new people and share my learning experience with students from completely different backgrounds which I found hugely valuable."