COVID-19 and learning mobility

Learning mobility of young people during the pandemic practically stopped. In this episode, we are exploring what impact COVID-19 had on mobility of young people in Europe and how it affected the functioning of youth organisations. We are also trying to reflect on the future of youth learning mobility.

The transcript of this podcast is available HERE
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COVID-19 had an impact on practically all aspects of young people’s lives. Learning mobility of young people is one of them. Borders were closed, people were not able to move freely, students’ dormitories were turned into places for people in quarantine, students were losing their jobs, youth exchanges were cancelled, youth work moved online. 

How big was the impact of COVID-19 on learning mobility of young people? How did the youth organisations deal with international projects being cancelled? What support was offered to young people who were in mobility projects when the pandemic started? What is the future of learning mobility of young people? What should be the policy responses? These are just a few questions we are discussing in this episode. 

The EU-Council of Europe youth partnership runs the Knowledge Hub on the impact of COVID-19 on the youth sector [LINK] collecting youth research and practice that look at the two sides of the pandemic impact: challenges for the youth sector and positive initiatives.

In this episode, we are discussing the results of the desk research study on COVID-19 and Learning Mobility [LINK] developed by Ewa Krzaklewska and Özgehan Şenyuva. 

We are exploring this topic together with our guests:

Ewa Krzaklewska - a sociologist and a researcher working as an assistant professor at the Institute of Sociology of the Jagiellonian University in Cracow, in Poland. Her research interests relate to youth sociology, including transitions to adulthood, youth mobility, youth work and policy, as well as family studies and gender equality.

Özgehan Şenyuva - an academic and a youth researcher from Ankara, Turkey. He works mainly on learning mobility and informal/non-formal learning. He comes from youth work practice, having worked many years as a trainer, project coordinator and facilitator. He is part of RAY research Network and is on the advisory board of European Academy on Youth Work; European Solidarity Corps Resource Centre and the Steering Group of European Platform on Learning Mobility-EPLM. He is a big fan of Besiktas.

Jakub Grodecki - currently serving as a Vice President of the European Students’ Union. His primary focus within the organization is Quality of Higher Education, Bologna Process implementation and Higher Education digitalisation. He is also a member of the Advisory Council on Youth in Council of Europe. Previously, he worked as a Quality Assurance expert of the Polish Accreditation Committee and ESU QA Pool of Experts. He has an academic background in Mechanical Engineering and Management and Production Engineering done at the University of Science and Technology (AGH) in Cracow (Poland).

Episode hosts: Dariusz Grzemny and Lana Pasic


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