The Evens Education Prize 2020

The 2020 Evens Education prize in the practice category goes to Maslaha in the UK for their Schools with Roots project. In the research category the prize will be shared between Prof. Kehinde Andrews from the Birmingham City University for the Black Studies: Decolonising the university and creating critical education off campus programme and Prof. Koen Leurs from Utrecht University for the research project Critical Media literacy through Making Media (MMM): A key to participation for migrant youth?.

The Laureates

The jury was highly impressed by the way Maslaha supports schools and teachers to engage in critical thinking in order to make learning more relevant for both pupils and their families, gently challenging their preconceived ideas and unconscious biases. They emphasized the importance of the capacity-building approach they developed compared to a deficit-based one. They also praised how their solid educational focus – proposing a new way to think about education – has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of the pupils and their families.

For both research projects, the jury stressed the importance of the empowering dimension both initiatives have. They both put the focus on individuals and communities taking charge of their representations and their voices. In doing so they also address the often existing gap between academia and society.

Shortlist

Because we were not able to organize site visits due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a series of videos was produced about the work of the practice applicants in order to give the jury the opportunity to experience the practices to some extent. You find the 9 videos below.

Overall, the jury was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the shortlisted applications and the potential links between candidates. To encourage the sharing of good practices in Europe and to offer all shortlisted candidates the opportunity to discover the initiatives and actions of their counterparts in other countries, the foundation will organize an exchange meeting in the framework of the Award Ceremony for the laureates.

The Focus of the Prize

The Evens Education Prize, Critical Thinking as a Practice of Freedom, invited applications in two categories:

  • Embedded practices that support critical thinking about social questions
  • Scholarly but practice-oriented work that furthers our understanding of practices, pedagogies, curricula or projects that foster critical thinking, and the conditions in which education for critical thinking can thrive

The call was open to a broad variety of practices implemented in institutional and non-institutional spaces by teachers, scholars, students, educators, youth workers, artists, civil society organizations, citizen groups etc. This includes formal, non-formal and community-based education for youth as well as adults.

© David Sypniewski

The 2020 Evens Education prize in the practice category goes to Maslaha in the UK for their Schools with Roots project. In the research category the prize will be shared between Prof. Kehinde Andrews from the Birmingham City University for the Black Studies: Decolonising the university and creating critical education off campus programme and Prof. Koen Leurs from Utrecht University for the research project Critical Media literacy through Making Media (MMM): A key to participation for migrant youth?.

The Laureates

The jury was highly impressed by the way Maslaha supports schools and teachers to engage in critical thinking in order to make learning more relevant for both pupils and their families, gently challenging their preconceived ideas and unconscious biases. They emphasized the importance of the capacity-building approach they developed compared to a deficit-based one. They also praised how their solid educational focus – proposing a new way to think about education – has the potential to make a real difference in the lives of the pupils and their families.

For both research projects, the jury stressed the importance of the empowering dimension both initiatives have. They both put the focus on individuals and communities taking charge of their representations and their voices. In doing so they also address the often existing gap between academia and society.

Shortlist

Because we were not able to organize site visits due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a series of videos was produced about the work of the practice applicants in order to give the jury the opportunity to experience the practices to some extent. You find the 9 videos below.

Overall, the jury was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the shortlisted applications and the potential links between candidates. To encourage the sharing of good practices in Europe and to offer all shortlisted candidates the opportunity to discover the initiatives and actions of their counterparts in other countries, the foundation will organize an exchange meeting in the framework of the Award Ceremony for the laureates.

The Focus of the Prize

The Evens Education Prize, Critical Thinking as a Practice of Freedom, invited applications in two categories:

  • Embedded practices that support critical thinking about social questions
  • Scholarly but practice-oriented work that furthers our understanding of practices, pedagogies, curricula or projects that foster critical thinking, and the conditions in which education for critical thinking can thrive

The call was open to a broad variety of practices implemented in institutional and non-institutional spaces by teachers, scholars, students, educators, youth workers, artists, civil society organizations, citizen groups etc. This includes formal, non-formal and community-based education for youth as well as adults.

© David Sypniewski