PHILOSOPHY with KIDS Workshop

Guest: Rita Pedro
2 > 6 MAY 2016 – E.B.1 Bairro Operário / E.B.1 Ameijeira, Lagos

“If there was nothing, how did something came to be?”
“What happens when we die?”
“Why is a tree called tree?”
“Who invented names?”
“Why is there no end to the sky?”
“Why do I exist?”
“Why do painters paint?”

Workshops that intend to provide the children thought experiences and the building of sharing spaces, of interrogation and problematization of ideas.

In infancy, children don’t dissociate thought from life. Each idea of theirs can be accompanied of a movement inherent to human existence itself, each interrogation tends to build itself as a real experience, namely, a movement of forces in which, by its nature, can affect the other, thus inviting him to participate and enter the same thought experience.

In a Philosophy session, both adults and children are invited to enter that experience of not knowing, to take a chance at new ways of thinking and asking.
Particularly, its about giving voice and expression to metaphysical, ontological, existential, ethic and aesthetic questions that dwell in Infancy.

To provide them with the building of that space implies sheltering and cherishing their ideas, listening to their questions without wanting to judge them as right or wrong, as ways of opening up thought to new ways of thinking, thinking that which we have never thought before.


RITA PEDRO (Lisbon, 1975)
Estudou Filosofia na Universidade Nova de Lisboa.
Desde 1999 dinamiza ateliers de Filosofia com Crianças, orienta formações de professores e lecciona seminários, nomeadamente na Escola Superior de Educação Maria Ulrich.
Durante 5 anos orientou diversos projectos na mesma área, dirigidos a crianças e jovens entre os 4 aos 18 anos, emigrantes e filhos de emigrantes de Cabo verde, no bairro da Cova da Moura.
Foi bolseira do programa Inovart em Cabo Verde, onde trabalhou com crianças de comunidades rurais e piscatórias também em FCC.
Actualmente é doutoranda sob orientação do filosofo José Gil pela Nova de Lisboa e a UERJ no Rio de Janeiro. Tem vários artigos publicados, capítulo de livro “A Filosofia vai à escola” editado pelo NEFI (núcleo de estudos filosóficos na Infância na UERJ (Brasil).
É co-autora do livro “Senão Havia Nada como é que Surgiu Alguma Coisa?” editada pelo Centro Cultural de Belém.