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4th Conference of the European Association for Service-Learning (EASLHE)

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Date(s) - 16/09/2021
12:45 pm

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Dr. Rajesh Tandon addressed scholars at the 4th Conference of the European Association for Service-Learning (EASLHE) on September 16, 12:45 pm IST/ 9:15 CET on the topic: Participatory Research and Sustainability. He spoke about how the Pandemic had made us rethink the idea of sustainability. The idea of sustainability needs to focus on community driven adaptation and local action. Concepts of circular economy are now getting greater visibility during Covid-19, as supply chains got disrupted. Public investment needs to be made towards preventing and promoting health care infrastructure, and towards nurturing nature and human health.

Indigenous knowledge has been an important factor for nurturing nature. Local knowledge, indigenous knowledge are valuable and must not be ignored, or thought of as less ‘scientific’. Research must be done in partnership with local communities, which builds ownership. If one wants ownership for taking action at the community level, partnership research is key. Accountability to the community, where the knowledge is produced is critical. Successful service-learning programs are those where mutuality in what is to be researched is ensured. Finally mutually trusting relationships ensure longevity, and sustainability between stakeholders and the knowledge sharing process.

Find Dr. Tandon’s Powerpoint presentation here.

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