Education to freedom
With the contribution of Regione Emilia-Romagna
Eraldo Affinati, Author and teacher, founder of the Penny Wirton school; Susanna Tamaro, Author. Introduced by Costantino Esposito, Professor of Philosophy History at the University of Bari.
Much has been said about young people in these months of pandemic. For some, the imposed limitations have been detrimental to their development, others see them as, certainly, not easy but particularly challenging moments for their growth. Nevertheless, for all of them education, as a theme, has finally emerged from discontent and has imposed itself with its most decisive questions. Distance learning has reopened the question of the purpose of education, a closer family life has brought back to the surface the meaning of family relationships, the difficulties in meeting school mates or neighbourhood friends has led to a rediscovery of friendship. What relationships do children and young people need in order to discover themselves and the world? What care should be taken to foster their freedom and their assumption of responsibility? What are they looking for when they look at us, adults? And what really matters when we hug them?