04.02.2011 -

High-level Regional Meeting on the Teaching of Philosophy in Europe and North America. Milan, Italy. 14-16 February 2010

The UNESCO Venice Office is supporting the participation of South-East European experts to this meeting organized at the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione (IULM) in Milan. Giovanni Puglisi, President of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO and Rector of the Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione, Pilar Alvarez-Laso, the UNESCO Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences, as well as various Italian experts and senior government representatives, will be attending the opening session.


This meeting is the last of a series of regional meetings launched by UNESCO in 2009 aimed at promoting philosophy teaching in the world. The objective is to discuss the state of the teaching of philosophy in the region as well as its challenges at all levels of education, and to formulate recommendations for relevant actors responsible for education, so as to introduce philosophy in curricula where it does not exist and improve it where it does. Participants will be given the opportunity to share views and ideas on the challenges raised by the teaching of philosophy at national and regional levels (curricula, training materials), in view of the full attainment of quality education goals.

This meeting will aim at addressing several issues, such as:  What are the challenges related to the mainstreaming and institutionalization of philosophy for children? What kind of teacher-training is needed? What place is to be given to philosophy for adolescents? Philosophy studies, and then what? Mobility mechanisms and academic degree standardization: What are the challenges? Philosophy and academic freedom: What is at stake?, etc.

This meeting will offer an opportunity to promote intellectual and scientific cooperation in the European region at large. In particular, it will bring together experts from Education Ministries, as well as from universities, research institutes, UNESCO Chairs, and various organizations and professional NGOs, all engaged in the promotion of quality education and intercultural dialogue. It will also aim at furthering mutual understanding between philosophers from Europe, as well as strengthening local, regional and global awareness of the rich philosophical traditions of the various European regions.

Link : http://www.unesco.org/new/en/social-and-human-sciences/themes/human-rights/philosophy/

Link : http://www.iulm.it/

Link : http://www.unesco.it/cni/

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