The Educational Power of Relationships

What does accompanying consist of? What is its scope and what are its limits? How do they accompany the teacher, the mentor, and the rest of the professionals of the educational centers? These and other issues will be the subject of study, work and research within the framework of the I International Congress: “The Educational Power of Relationship” which, organized by the Francisco de Vitoria University, will be held on October 7 and 8 in Madrid .

The event, in the words of Antonio Sastre, coordinator of Comprehensive Training for Regnun Christi Spain schools, “emerges as a response to the educational challenges we are experiencing at the present time.”

The academic meeting has been promoted by the UFV Accompaniment Institute, in collaboration with the UpToYou Foundation, the Faculty of Education and the Online Unit, also from UFV. According to Laura Martín, director of the Primary Education and Secondary Education degrees at UFV, the congress “will allow us to continue reflecting and thinking about the relationship and accompaniment, which must be an essential basis in any educational model .”

Aimed at active teachers, both from the university field and from schools or institutes, and directors of educational institutions, the event wants to put the epicenter in the person, in their way of learning and in their natural need to be accompanied . “We are always looking for networking opportunities with those we share areas with and, in this case, this issue interests us all. The relationship, as part of the teaching-learning process, is a very relevant issue in our environment,” says Jorge López, president of the Scientific Committee of the Congress.

It is a congress designed by and for trainers, in which, through its presentations, round tables and workshops, it will seek to generate a culture of accompaniment in these times in which digital media have enormously multiplied our possibilities of relating and communicating. .

In this sense and related to digitization and its context, Leire Nuere, director of the Online Unit of the Francisco de Vitoria University, assures that “the world of digitization, of new technologies, has also allowed students to get to know each other better themselves as people and as learners and, at the same time, it has also facilitated the relationship with the teaching staff”. However, digitization also carries the risk of isolation , as it could have the effect of imperceptibly alienating us from the other.

Likewise, during the congress, the conclusions of the I Study on the Impact of the Relationship in the University environment, whose authors are Antonio Sastre, José Consuelo Valbuena, Leire Nuere-Salgado from the Francisco de Vitoria University, and José Víctor Orón ( UpToYou Foundation).

The meeting will feature the participation of prominent experts in this field , both foreigners, Moshe Tatar, professor of Education at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Paul Vitz, emeritus professor of psychology at New York University, as well as national professionals, Carmen Guaita, philosopher and writer, José Víctor Orón Escolapio, researcher in Emotional Education and director of the UpToYou Foundation, Sonia González, organizational transformation consultant and director of various training projects, or Ubaldo Cuesta, professor at the Complutense University of Madrid.

The Francisco de Vitoria University will be represented by its rector, Daniel Sada, as well as by its vice-rector for Comprehensive Training, Fernando Viñado, as well as the director of Humanistic Training, Ángel Barahona, and the professor of Humanities, Isidro Catela, among others.

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