City and Childhood, urgent conversations

Online streaming, Medialab Prado. Madrid

27th of May 2020
Online streaming, Medialab Prado. Madrid

"Children are the winners of this experience. In such a crisis there are heroes, victims, and winners. The children are bearing up a challenge that is both incomprehensible and intolerable for them." Francesco Tonucci, May 2020.

The setting provoked by the pandemic of coronavirus has generated many uncertainties and malaise that not only create new urgent demands but also make us rethink old questions about the ways of relating to one another and taking care of each other.

Childhood has become one of the core debates in this context of emergency we are living through. We have seen different opinions on children's going out of their houses during quarantine, allowing a fundamental question to emerge: children as human beings who also have rights and the limits or possibilities of an autonomy dependent on adults.

Which are the main learnings related to childhood that we can take from this global crisis? How can we imagine the role of boys and girls in the rebuilding of our urban ecosystem after the crisis?

Through the event School, childhood and city in uncertain times, we will present three round tables, along with Medialab Prado and Asociación La Kalle de Vallecas, that will approach three urgent themes:

  • inequality and digital gap
  • the role of school in times of Covid-19
  • City and Childhood.

In the framework of the project CCSC, hablarenarte will articulate several voices that analyse childhood from different perspectives: academic, activist, cultural, and institutional angles. To do so, we will be joining the following guests:

  • Francesco Tonucci (La Ciudad de los Niños)
  • Heike Freire (ecopedagoga)
  • Jaime Gallego (Participación Juvenil Vallecas)
  • Zoe López Mediero (Intermediae)
  • Ricardo Ibarra (Director de la

An approach of childhood as a subject of right and collectively thinking about the new challenges that the new context holds for us.



When: Wednesday, May 27th, 5:30 pm

Where: via streaming - youtube Medialab Prado (the URL will be soon updated)




May 26th, 5:30-7:30 pm, Inequality and digital breach


video-participants: still to be announced

Talk with Margarita Padilla (, Luis María López-Aranguren (Plataforma Nave Boetticher) and Mireia Roura (e-Reuse). Mediated by Juan Flores de la Asociación Cultural La Kalle.

May 27th, 17.30-19.30, Ciudad e infancia [Streaming]

video-participants: Heike Freire and Francesco Tonucci

Talk with Zoe López Mediero (Intermediae), Jaime Gallego (Participación Juvenil Vallecas) and Ricardo Ibarra (Director of Mediated by hablarenarte and Sofía de Juan.

May 28th, 5:30-7:30pm, The role of school in times of COVID-19


video-participants: Carlos Magro and Nuria Delgado (director of IES Arcipreste de Hita, to be confirmed)

Talk with Marga Fábregas (teacher of the school CEIP Manuel Núñez de Arenas) , Carmen Aránega (Familias por la Escuela Pública de Vallecas) and Cristina Gutiérrez Andérez (Education Department of Reina Sofia Museum) . Mediated by Marta Malo.


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