The first Colloquium of the Cycle April 25 50 Years: Looking into the Past, Thinking about the Future took place on October 27. Hosted by the Aljube Museum – Resistance and Freedom and directed by Inês Vieira, in this first meeting we talked about Experiences of Popular Education: The Education and Culture Study Center (C.E.E.E.C., Porto) with José Ferreira, a member of the C.E.E.C. during the democratic transition period.
The talk was about the origin of the C.E.E.C. and its restructuring after the April Revolution, the proposals that guided this organization, the discussions and achievements, especially in terms of educational proposals, the involvement in residents’ and workers’ committees, the impact of the 25th of November 1975, and the end of the Center. José Ferreira’s memories were illustrated by posters, stickers, bulletins, C.E.E.C. newspapers, news articles and educational reflections from this organization. This documentation was collected by José Ferreira himself at the Ephemera archive, the Biblioteca Pública Municipal do Porto (Porto Municipal Public Library), the Arquivo Municipal Sophia Mello Breyner (Sophia de Mello Breyner Municipal Archive, Vila Nova de Gaia) and the Hemeroteca Municipal de Lisboa (Lisbon Periodicals Municipal Library), in dialogue with other elements that were active at the C.E.E.C..
The event was attended by the directors of the Aljube Museum, CeiED and Op.Edu, as well as researchers and students (BSc in Social Education, Lusófona University), and with the support of Henrique Godoy (PhD student in Sociomuseology, Lusófona University and a researcher at CeiED) in the organization.
Orlanda Tavares critically reflected on the publication of the school rankings, in the newspaper Público, highlighting the negative effects these may have on schools, teachers, students and families.
She also signaled the need to improve the educational system based on multidimensional information and not just monochromatic information, limited to cognitive performance indicators, such as the ones the publication of rankings seems to offer.
The opinion article can be consulted here