freirefinland (at) gmail.com

Header graphic Lissu Lehtimaja (learn more about Lissu and listen to her band Maria Gasolina by clicking her name above)

How difficult is the task of an educator. No matter where this kind of educator works, the great difficult – or the great adventure – is how to make education something which, in being serious, rigorous, methodical, and having a process, also creates happiness and joy.

I had experimented with and abandoned various methods and processes of communication. Never, however, had I abandoned the conviction that only by working with the people could I achieve anything authentic on their behalf. Never had I believed that the democratization of culture meant either its vulgarization or simply passing on to the people prescriptions formulated in the teacher’s office. – P.F

Paulo Freire Research Center-Finland is run in association with the Department of Education, University of Tampere, and it fosters critical research in education and training, participatory democracy and social equality. It participates in national and international debate on educational policy promoting research, organizing events, collaborating with educational groups and agencies to develop projects and organizing teaching – lectures, seminars and workshops – in different topics relating to arts, comparative education, critical pedagogy, developmental issues, media education and social media in the Freirean spirit.

To get this project alive and going, all suggestions for Freire-related links, texts and co-operation are warmly welcome! So please feel free to send email:

freirefinland (at) gmail.com

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See PFRC activities from here or from the panel on the right.

4 Responses to “freirefinland (at) gmail.com”

  1. Martha Llanos says:

    Congratulations from the Foro Freire Peru. You could visit our web http://www.paulofreire.org.pe
    we are very eager to establish connections.
    Our President is Jose Rouillon.

    Martha Llanos
    International Liason

    Dear Martha,

    You have a beautiful Paulo Freire website! – Juha

  2. zolainkspots says:

    I will not be alone in wishing this project well. Wonderful possibilities.

    Perhaps this Finnish project, related to this spirit of Freire, might respect and embrace those aspects of a “rural” ( outdoor, land, community etc, etc ) culture so as to help counter-weight a Nokia-land city culture. I hope this could be possible.

    So much of critical Theory/pedagogy has seemed to play tunes song by the city ( funding) piper. OK it pays the bills but maybe much of Freire work deserves rural respect too.
    Anyway best wishes for the future.

  3. Silvio Marquardt says:

    Congratulations ! I`m wondering if there is any initiative in trying to bridge Freire`s ideas with those around CHAT (Activity Theory), specially in Finland. Regards!

    – I am not aware of that sort of initiative but it’s an excellent idea. Thanks for the tip! Best, Juha

  4. DEARS COLLEAGUES
    CONGRATULATIONS ,TO STUDIES OF THE PROFESSOR PAULO FREIRE OURS GREAT EDUCATOR .

    I SHOULD LIKE VERY MUCH RECEIVE MATERIAL EDUCATIONAL FOR STUDIES.
    CORDIALLY
    PROFESSOR CONSTANTINO DE SOUSA

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