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PASCAL International Observatory Site Digest


We are all preoccupied with friends and family, activities planned long ago are suspended, projects that once looked important are now put to one side because there are new questions to ask and to try to answer. This is where PASCAL comes in - and hopefully, into your home office or make-do library. 

I hope that you will make the same effort that I am making to write for the PASCAL site, to share thoughts, observations, and yes concerns.  I hope to have something for you to read on what we still need to learn from the crisis of 2008 about a recovery plan for cities. The climate change and health agendas are going to be hard to bring together. 

The crisis will keep us apart but the website will bring us together.  Read the PASCAL Digest and visit the PASCAL family of sites!

Josef Konvitz, Chair

In this week's Digest:

PIMA Bulletin No. 29 - March 2020

Written by Chris Duke on Mar 31, 2020 10:00 am

A folksy saying favoured in my ‘other Sydney’ out West is that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. This fits the mood as this Bulletin goes to press. The going always seems tough to those working in adult learning and education (ALE): poor cousin, Cinderella, little money, no recognition, left out of the global planning of MDGs and all but out of the SDGs, and so on.

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Educational Peacebuilding in Medellin and Acapulco: Understanding the Role of Education, Culture and Learning in Responding to Crises

Written by Evelyn Arizpe on Mar 27, 2020 11:42 am

We are very pleased to announce a new award to the University of Glasgow within the  British Academy’s  GCRF Education and Learning in Crises Programme. The project is entitled Educational Peacebuilding in Medellin and Acapulco: Understanding the Role of Education, Culture and Learning in Responding to Crises, and is led from Glasgow by Professor Evelyn Arizpe, Dr Sinead Gormally, working with Dr Nohora Niño Vega, El Colegio de Sonora, Mexico, and Dr Jerónimo Castillo Muñoz, Fundación Ideas para la Paz, Colombia. The value of the award is £357,915.

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INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE in PIMA Webinar #2 | Adult Learning and Education (ALE), Climate Crises and COVID-19: Critical Reflections from Australia

Written by Dorothy Lucardie on Mar 26, 2020 10:24 am
Start: Apr 8 2020 16:00
Timezone: Australia/Melbourne
Melbourne VIC

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE in PIMA Webinar #2 | Adult Learning and Education (ALE), Climate Crises and COVID-19: Critical Reflections from Australia. This will be led by a panel of Australian adult educators, scholars, and activists – Jenny Macaffer, Jim Falk and Robbie Guevara. 

'Thought pieces' recently published in Bulletin No. 29 by Jim and Jenny will form a starting point for discussion.  

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HER2020 postponed until March 2021

Written by Muir Houston on Mar 26, 2020 08:13 am

In the light of escalating restrictions in the UK and abroad because of the global pandemic and the uncertainty in terms of when any restrictions will be lifted, we have taken the decision to postpone HER2020.

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SHLC Bulletin - March 2020

Written by Ya Ping Wang on Mar 26, 2020 07:45 am

SHLC Bulletin - Your update of SHLC publications and events as well as news from the sustainable communities sector...


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Research and practices to reach a sustainable and healthy economic and social recovery post COVID-19 - An Invitation from Italy

Written by Paolo Federighi on Mar 25, 2020 04:44 pm

PASCAL subscribers are invited to contribute to a new initiative being coordinated by the Form@re Journal at the University of Florence in Italy concerning post-COVID-19 recovery. In section 6 below you will read about the contexts for focus, and in sections 7 and 8, how you can play a role. 

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Handbook on Facilitating Flexible Learning During Educational Disruption: The Chinese Experience in Maintaining Undisrupted Learning in COVID-19 Outbreak

Written by Mike Osborne on Mar 25, 2020 01:13 pm

As COVID-19 continues spreading in many countries of the world, how to keep learning in disruption has become a major challenge to the global education community. As stated by UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay: “We are entering uncharted territory and working with countries to find hi-tech, low-tech and no-tech solutions to assure the continuity of learning.”

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Knowledge Exchange Associate - SDGs in Urban Settings, Glasgow, Scotland

Written by Mike Osborne on Mar 25, 2020 12:33 pm

A new post as a Knowledge Exchange Associate, working within the College of Social Sciences (CoSS) Research Support Office at the University of Glasgow is now available. The post holder will be responsible for the identification, development and implementation of new collaborative Knowledge Exchange (KE) opportunities for the Inequalities and Sustainable Development in Low- and Middle-Income Country (LMIC) Cities research group, under the supervision of Professors Sayantan Ghosal, Michael Osborne, Fabrice Renaud and Alastair Leyland.

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