The International School of Vilamoura (CIV) presented, on February 10, 11 and 12, at the IV International Congress of Pedagogy, in Braga, the results of a research project in progress at the Kindergarten within the framework of the Education for Peace.
The meeting was organized by the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences of the Regional Center of Braga, the Catholic University of Portugal, the Pontifical Gregorian University and the University of Deusto, and counts, among others, with the partnerships of the Center d ‘Philosophical and Humanistic Studies and the Foundation for Science and Technology.
“This conference aims to provide an opportunity to present and discuss work and research on the place and role of education in the promotion and implementation of social, cultural and political justice, as well as human rights. man from a critical and transformative perspective.” It brought together numerous university researchers from Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Italy, Lithuania, Angola, Mozambique, education professionals from preschool, primary and secondary education and personalities from the national and international political scene.
During the conference, attended by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ramos Horta and moderated by Professor João Duque, Ramos Horta proposed “a more committed investment in fraternity, in solidarity, in the creation of political projects truly democratic”.
The communication “Education for peace: the recognition of the good in an open and multicultural educational environment”, presented by the International School of Vilamoura, is the result of a research that involved all kindergarten teachers, music teachers and of English, librarians, technicians and assistants, students and their families. This research arises under the motto of the educational project “Educating for kindness”. It aims to answer the initial question: “How can the educational environment promote peace education?”
The results of research carried out in kindergarten, in a multicultural educational environment, where pupils and families of 24 different nationalities live together on a daily basis, clearly show that language and the cultural matrix are not an obstacle to peace and that the open educational environment, promoting autonomy, responsibility, respect, mutual aid, cooperation between peers between all the people involved in the educational process is an inspiring example for children.
The transfer of learning to the family was also visible through terminology and concrete actions, such as greater empathy and concern for others or care for nature and animals. Therefore, it is concluded that, as argued by Thomas Lickona, children’s capacity for kindness is born with them. Yet the teams have found that it needs to be nurtured throughout life and from an early age to reap the rewards in future society.
Invoking the wisdom of Gandhi: “There is no way to Peace. Peace is the way”, the school therefore has an essential role in the transformation of society.