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Joana Miguelena

University of the Basque Country

Currículum vitae

Joana Miguelena Torrado is a professor in the Degree of Social Education and a member of the UPV/EHU’s IkasGaraia research group.

She has participated in different competitive research projects on the study of the rights of children and adolescents, and socio-educational intervention with children, adolescents and youth in social difficulty, mainly that of the foster care groups and those out of the protection of residential care. She is the author of several chapters and articles of impact on this subject. It has also participated in the creation and implementation of two UPV/EHU programmes, Arrakasta and IkasLagun, which aim to promote equal opportunities and educational inclusion for children, adolescents and young people in the region of the Basque Country who are already out of the social protection systems which have provided them with care.

Friday, 1 December at 9:30

“Higher education as a key to other future scenarios in the transition to adult life: The university is also for the former foster care youth.”

This talk aims to be a space for reflection on the educational paths followed by adolescents and young people after the protection in residential care, trying to raise questions such as why do most of these young people end up enrolled in a basic vocational training course? Why does the university rarely fall within their expectations? Don’t they want to? Don’t we let them? Do we think it is positive and real to instill in them the idea that if they want to, they can get to university?

We know that education and training level are factors that favor or hinder situations of inclusion or social exclusion, but in the case of these young people, education becomes a key protective factor due to the obligation to leave the protection system when they reach the legal age. Additionally, are we putting education at the focus of the intervention? Are we prioritizing it over other areas? Should we prioritize it?

Amaia Bravo Arteaga

University of Oviedo

Belén Urosa

Comillas Pontifical University

Carlos Rosón

IGAXES - Galicia

Cristina Blanco

Department of Social and Youth Policy of Galicia’s Government

Cristina Segura Talavera

Social Inclusion Director at La Caixa Foundation - Program Incorpora

Cristóbal Ruiz-Román

University of Málaga

Daniel Rijo

University of Coimbra

Diego Jesús Heredia Sánchez

Association Engloba, Andalusia

Guillem Cladera

Natzaret Foundation

Joana Miguelena

University of the Basque Country

João Pedro Gaspar

University of Coimbra and paje - Support Platform to Former Foster Care Youth

Jordi Longás Mayayo

University of Ramon Llull, Barcelona

Jorge Fernández del Valle

University of Oviedo

Juan Carlos Martín Quintana

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Laura García Alba

University of Oviedo

Laura Santos

University of Coimbra

Lidia González Moreno

Itaca Educational Association, Catalonia

Mª Auxiliadora López Fonseca

ASECAL - Castilla y León

Mafalda Sampaio Malheiro Da Silva

San José de Braga Office

Marcos Madrigal

Identidad para Ellos y Ellas - Asturias

María Carme Montserrat Boado

University of Girona

María Escribano

Sustainability/CSR internal communication and culture manager at Alsea - Alsea Group

Núria Diéguez

IGAXES - Galicia

Paula Mesquita

Social Security Institute of Madeira, State Institute of the Autonomous Region of Madeira

Paulo Delgado

Education Higher School of Porto’s Polytechnic Institute

Ricardo Barroso

University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

Robbie Gilligan

Trinity College Dublín

Santa Lázaro Fernández

Comillas Pontifical University

Sebastià Cladera Guardiola

Amés Foundation, Balearic Islans

Séraphin Alava

Militants Des Savoirs, Francia

Silvia Diana Jens

Cooperativa Redes - Madrid

Unai Zabala

Agintzari - Basque Country

Victor Martín Solbes

University of Málaga