About the Conference

A4 Poster 2016The Irish Unschooling Conference 2016 is a voluntary not-for-profit event and is aimed at all those interested in education, including parents and teenagers.  It is an opportunity to learn more about unschooling, a form of home education which involves children learning in a child-led way without using a curriculum, all the while supported and accompanied by those around them.  The conference will be held in Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin on Saturday 7th May.  We are delighted to welcome Pat Farenga, renowned international expert in unschooling, to this year’s conference.  Carmel Duffy will speak about her experiences home educating her children and Bobbie Sparrow will talk about how this approach to parenting has helped to shape her as a person.  Rose Wells will explain how to start the process of home educating.  There will also be a forum and interesting speakers for teenagers aged 14 and over.  The day finishes with facilitated discussion groups. You can find out more about this year’s speakers here.

Some things that may be helpful for the day

Conference

This is a one day conference which aims to be a thought-provoking and accessible look into education.  All of those with an interest are very welcome.  There will be many speakers and discussion groups.  Some speakers have been announced and more will be added closer to the date.

Tickets

Tickets for adults cost €18.50 for the day with reductions for teenagers and adults from the same family.   The conference is not-for-profit and attempts to cover costs.  In order to achieve this tickets are limited and every seat must be paid for.

Reduced prices are available for two family members who both want to attend, for students and for teenagers.  No children under the age of 14 will be able to attend the talks (Please see below for more information).

In order to accommodate parents, two family members can share a ticket as long as they do not attend the conference at the same time….in that way they can share the care of their children.

Children

The conference rooms cannot accommodate children other than babes in arms, who are of course welcome.  Any child who needs to move around (i.e. all children over the age of in-arms) will not be able to come into the conference rooms for their safety, enjoyment and the enjoyment of others.  If your baby needs to make noise, please bring them out of the room for the comfort of others.

In order to accommodate parents, two family members can share a ticket as long as they do not attend the talks at the same time….in that way they can share the care of their children.

Location

The conference will take place in Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin.  This place has been chosen because it is accessible by many modes of transport.

Teenagers

We aim to provide interesting speakers for teenagers and some introductions so that they can start to get to know each other.  Teenagers are of course also welcome to all of the conference and some will themselves be giving talks on the main stage.