The Royal Opera House Learning and Participation Department has published details of ‘The Thriving Child’, the 2019 edition of organisation’s annual conference, which will take place on 28 June.
The conference will focus on the many challenges which children and young people face in the modern world both at school and in home life. According to the organisers, social and economic disadvantage, issues around mental health and well-being and discrimination of many kinds may all combine to prevent children from thriving.
Speakers include Kitty Stewart, Associate Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, Darren Chetty, who taught in London primary schools for twenty years and is currently a Teaching Fellow at UCL Institute of Education, Sonia Livingstone, professor in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE and the BAFTA and MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer/poet and historian, Akala.
Participants will consider how the arts, creativity and culture can help. The conference will also address how the current practice of the education, arts and cultural sectors might need to change to meet the needs and expectations of young people.
For the first time, the conference will be livestreamed from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden to five other venues across the UK to help initiate a national conversation about these issues.
Parallel conferences are taking place at other venues including the Lowry in Salford, West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds and other venues in the Midlands and South West England.