Equal Opportunities at School: What Kind of Equality? What Kind of Opportunities? Knowledge Sharing in Question

©Ruedi Baur
Poster for the Celebration of World Philosophy Day 2011 at UNESCO

This education symposium, held in the framework of the World Philosophy Day 2011, will review the benefits of teaching philosophy to children with a view to social inclusion and knowledge-sharing. Since schools have traditionally been considered as melting pots of peoples, venues for the transmission and sharing of knowledge, and factors in upward social mobility, how can philosophy education contribute to this?

The speakers – education experts and educators – will examine how philosophy education can meet the need for social inclusion, which requires education to provide all individuals with equal opportunities in fulfilling their cognitive potential and developing their personality.

Moreover, when transposed to the broader geopolitical context of North-South relations, the issue of equal opportunities at school raises the issue of equitable sharing of the benefits of science among countries. How can the results of philosophy education research be shared equitably?


Type of Event Category 8-Symposium
Start 18.11.2011 08:00 local time
End 18.11.2011 17:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Goucha, Moufida
Organizer UNESCO
Contact Philosophy and Democracy Section, worldphilosophyday@unesco.org, +33 (0)1 45 68 45 52
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room II
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event French
Estimated number of participants 200
Official Website Philosophy Day at UNESCO
Link 1 Collège international de philosophie (website in French)
Link 2 Programme [PDF in French, 2 MB]
Link 3 World Philosophy Day 2011
Link 4