An experiential session exploring the colonisation of childhood by adultism—the foundational oppression underlying all others that must be released for us all to be free.
Hacking a Career in Esports
An interactive session focussing on the trends in esports and the career options within them.
Kaameel Chicktay has grown up unschooling. He is a Dota2 Shoutcaster, Analyst and Content Creator Currently carving a career in esports. Kaameel has been self directing his learning the skills he needs to pursue meaningful work in the growing esports scene.
The Vocabulary of Freedom
Over the course of the last few years Ameera has filmed people around the country for a series entitled ‘What makes us South African’. In this series she looked at identity, religion, food, culture, language, gender and more. She now has a montage of shots of people around the country who are ‘free’ and living their authentic selves.
The Vocabulary of Freedom will be a cinematographic look at the freedoms we share, and an exploration of how to arm our children with the language to advocate for themselves.
Ameera Faber is a Creative Solutions Strategist and Serial Business owner.
Ameera’s company ‘I Love That’ focuses on Edutainment Content creation: the merging of education and entertainment. She is best known for creating the South African television series, ‘TOMZ’ Teenagers on a Mission, which first broadcast on SABC 1 in 2010 as the story of two teenagers from Soweto who received a message from the future to save the Planet. The educational outcomes of the series were Science, Technology, Engineering and Math based; encapsulated in the art of Sci-fi storytelling. The series has evolved into a magazine show and has broadcast over 500 episodes and still broadcasts to date, in South African Nguni languages.
Ameera has two children, and is an advocate for the rights of the Neurodivergent.
Discussing Our Contingence
About contingence education – self- and world- learning that remembers the finiteness of the human experience and our complete dependence upon the planet.
The phrase contingence education is inspired by the philosophical concept of contingent beings, or beings that can exist or not exist. To the best of our knowledge, we humans are contingent beings, whose beginnings and subsequent moments of continued existence hinge on things beyond our control. And our experiences as humans will end, regardless of how intelligent or powerful or autonomous we think we are.
These aspects of the human experience – its limitedness and its reliance – can be important understandings for any educative practice that will move us beyond current oppressive and destructive ways of being, including unschooling and self-directed education. Dominant models of education tell us that our universe can eventually be known in its fullness through our own physical interaction with it, and that, if we keep educating ourselves in the same ways about the same things, it will someday be enough. This type of education will never be enough, however, because there are limitations on our existence, including the time limit of our existence itself. And comprehending everything we can about everything there is should not be the goal of ways of knowing anyway, especially for beings whose existence is limited.
Perhaps our goal could be to better understand how/who we should be as humans in this larger universe that we will never fully understand as limited, finite beings. This is the goal of contingence education: rather than trying to know everything there is to know, contingence education is concerned with the question, How can we best be human – limited, finite, dependent, thinking – on a planet that does not require us for its existence, though we require it? The idea of humans’ existing in tune with the environment on which they depend is nothing new, nor is the awareness of humanity’s inherent limitations; indeed, these understandings have surely kept humanity going this long. This session, then, serves as a time to discuss past and future examples/ideas related to contingence education.
Kelly Limes-Taylor Henderson, Ph.D.
Kelly Limes-Taylor Henderson is an assistant professor of education at the University of North Georgia and is interested in non-dominant conceptualizations of education. Her five children, aged two to 17, are unschoolers and awesome humans.
Kelly shares some of her thoughts on her website.
A Beginner’s Guide to Unschooling
An introductory, interactive session for folks new to or exploring unschooling.
Unschooler | Reflective Anarchist | Parent | Mis-adventuring Bitchcrafter |Speaker at Learning Reimagined 2017
You can view his talk online.
Unschooling in a Neocolonial South Africa: A Personal Journey
The role of the government and the private sector in a post apartheid South Africa is nothing short of dissapointing. Given the ideals that were declared prior to the new dispensation, our children are in danger and are likely to fall for and take on a neo-colonialistic face.
Attending top tier schools in the country during the 90’s, opened up my mind to questions that not too many were keen to answer. While many parents and children wanted to attended model-C institutions, I was naturally inclined to challenge the schooling system and was mis-understood as a rebel and disruptor who didn’t appreciate quality eduction despite being privilege enough to attend a R200k per annum school.
So this resulted in me experiencing various schooling systems, that were all based on the same stagnant model. At this point, My wife and I decided we would not commit our children to this atrocity of mass mind control.
Since then we have lived a free life with our children and have consequently leaped in bounds to unimagined heights. Aged 6 & 7, the Irish Twins now read by themselves, insist on undertaking tasks by themselves and navigate obstacles unaided by hovering parents.
I imagine this is what most parents want for their children, an independent child who will positively contribute to their society and have a positive impact on any nation they so choose.
This will be packaged in interactive presentation format using.
Personal footage/ images
stock footage to illustrate point
excerpts from documentaries
Langa Klaaste is an unschooling, full time father of two. He is a business owner and professional filmmaker.
Langa’s business website.
Dungeons and Dragons
Interactive session of playing Dungeons and Dragons;
a classic table-top fantasy roleplaying game.
Max 10 people per session.
Recommended age 12+
Anokha and Rahul van Manen
Young Writers Circle
Everything writing related. Come and meet other writers and writing enthusiasts. Share your writing tips, tools, joys and struggles.
Makayla Chicktay & Marley Richards
Unschoolers | Fan Fiction Writers | Role Play Enthusiasts | Original Character Designers
Documenting the Unschooling Journey
We will explore the various ways that one can document the process for personal reflections and look at how this can become part of a collective body of knowledge that will have a uniquely South African voice.
Renuka is a Natural Learning Parent and Natural Learning Researcher.
This session explores the value of documentation in the family’s learning process – to observe, record and interpret how learning is taking place.
You can watch a recording of Renuka’s talk at Learning Reimagined 2017 online.
Young Entrepreneurs’ Circle
Come and share stories, struggle and everything in between about being a young entrepreneur.
Juwayria Asvat is a young unschooler who runs a successful baking business – Crazy for Chocolates Cakes & Bakes. You can read more about about Juwayria’s unschooled journey in her piece, From Boredom to Chocolate: My (Partial) Unschooled Journey in the Living Unschooling Series.
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Education Out Of Context
An interactive, immersive theatrical experience in which we get to participate in and experience what Education Out Of Context really is.
Ché-vanni Beon Davids
Ché-vanni Beon Davids is the Founder and Director of the Re-Imagined Learning Centre, a self directed, free learning space in South Africa, possibly the first of such spaces in South Africa. Since its inception, the centre has broadened its focus to become much more of a learning community by making connections with and interacting with the community round the centre in order to create and implement a ecological approach to decolonising and reimagining the future, past and present.
Want to Host an Open Session
We’re adding the open sessions as they are confirmed. If you want to offer an open session, there’s a space to do so as part of the registration form, or you can send an email after you have completed your registration. If you’re in two minds and need help in refining your offering you can get that discussion going in the Learning Reimagined Conference Facebook group or send an email to discuss first.
You don’t have to be an expert in something in order to host a session. That you care about or are interested in something is more than enough. You can offer to be a space holder for the session, and hold the space together for people to gather and share around a specific topic.
Possible types of sessions:
- Q & A sessions
- Interactive Sessions
- Meet ups around a specific theme/issue
- Games (Dungeons and Dragons, Werewolf, Frisbee…)
- Sharing an idea/proposal/research/project
- Advocating for a project
- The list is much longer, but you get the idea…