Sustainable Development Goal 4 – good quality education was the subject of a conversation with Prof. Maria Mendel, social pedagogue, Head of the Department of Social Pedagogy at UG. What kind of place for a student is a Polish school? What role does a parent play in it? How does Professor Mendel assess the quality of education for children and young people in Poland? Answers to these and many other questions can be heard in an interview in the series University Conversations about Sustainable Development.

– It’s about good education for all. Without privileging elite groups. It’s about making sure that this drive to improve the quality of education applies to every school, every individual who is involved in education – one that applies to absolutely everyone regardless of age, gender, race and nationality, or whatever categorical affiliation.  The accent falls precisely on the slogan “equality.” This equality, as we know, is the flag for democracy. In fact, this fourth goal can be read as the democratization of education. When I say education, I think of more than education: it is also the system in which education is delivered, is realized – says Professor Maria Mendel.

Prof. Maria Mendel is a social pedagogue, a researcher from the Institute of Pedagogy of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gdansk, Head of the Department of Social Pedagogy at UG.

The interview was conducted by CZRUG employee Szymon Gronowski.