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Wednesday 7 March 2012
Conductive mums play an important role in getting the show on the road
It is congress time of year again in Germany
The annual German conference on Conductive Education has missed a year. Well as far as numbers are concerned it has, but it is really only fifteen months since the last one.
The last German gathering was in Würzburg in November, 2010 shortly before the 7th World Congress took place in Hong Kong. The next German conference will take place next weekend, 9-10 March 2012 in Rosenheim. For the third time in succession Bavaria, which could be described as the hub of German conduction, has been chosen as the host Land.
The conference is called "Petö and Inclusion" and I think that there will be some very interesting discussions about the integration and inclusion policies in the different countries that will be represented.
I do hope so.
Fortunately this year I will be able to attend for both full days of the conference, Friday and Saturday, as my colleague is kindly working in the after-school group on Friday afternoon. Last time I held the fort so she could attend in Würzburg, now it is my turn.
An international affair
We will of course see what happens on the day but from what I have read here:
with an English version here:
I am confident that it is going to be a very successful and interesting gathering.
It will certainly be the most international affair that we have ever had at a conductive conference in Germany, with people attending from Germany, Hungary, Austria, England and Israel, and with contributions from many different walks of life too. I always find that one of the nicest things about conductive conferences is the variety of languages spoken, and the different nationalities of the participants speaking those languages and this is going to be even more international than usual. More important for me is the diversity of the presentations, workshops and podium discussions.
Conductive mums help get the show on the road
The conference has been organized by the committee of FortSchritt Rosenheim e.V. and the committee of the Bundesverbandes der Konduktoren e.V., the National Association for Conductors.
As far as I can tell an awful lot of work is being done by a few people in Rosenheim. I know of two mothers from conductive families who are on the committee of the Rosenheim branch of Fortschritt, who have both been working like crazy for months to help get this show on the road. Well done to you all for making us already feel so welcome. I for one am looking forward very much to the occasion.
Since the 7th World Congress for Conductive Education took place in Hong Kong in 2010 we have seen a sharp rise in the number of conductive gatherings in Europe. There are three European projects running concurrently, Comenius, Leonardo and Grundvig. Many conductors have been involved in these meeting and I think that especially the Comenius project, that has involved integrated conductive centres from Finland, Austria, Hungary, England, Sweden and Germany, has been responsible for the creation of new relationships between individuals and the development of opportunities for sharing ideas on the ground floor, where we all work with our clients.
I am expecting to see evidence of these newly formed relationships at this conference at the weekend. I am not sure how this will be evident but perhaps this time there will be a few new faces to be seen and some new voices to be heard.
Watch this spot to find out my verdict. I will do my best to be reporting live, that is if I get the time!