Pedagogy

EDU-Education for Unity

EdU, Education for Unity, gathers an international group of scholars and professionals in the field of education. Its aim is to elaborate the educational theory that emerges from the life, thought and spiritual experience of Chiara Lubich and the Focolare Movement.

Objectives

Reflection and the gathering of experiences. Coordinating study and research projects aimed at underlining the fundamental importance of the relational dimension in education; a dimension that reflects Jesus’ commandment, “Love one another as I have loved you”, so that “All may be one”.

EdU therefore has the role of outlining and elaborating a “Pedagogy of Unity”. It does this through specific forms and categories of research and reflection in the field of education, with particular importance given to contributions from different cultural areas.

Initiatives

Pedagogues, experts in Educational Science and educators, work together to build a culture based on reciprocal love and unity amongst individuals, groups and nations. Through working groups, forums, publications, seminars and conventions, EdU is committed to exchanging research on educational aims, methods and outcomes.

Amongst its most significant activities to date:

1st International Convention: “The Community as Educator”. The student-teacher relationship, relationships between educators and between groups, the theory-practice relationship- EdU’s first International convention aimed at bringing relationships back to central interest. This Congress was held at the Mariapolis Centre in Castelgandolfo, Rome from the 31st March to the 2nd April 2006.

1st International Seminar for EdU Coordinators: “From Fragmentation to Unity. Educator’s Viewpoint. Education Viewpoint”. A dialogue on the current debate in Educational Science about the risk of knowledge fragmentation. An exchange on the centrality of education. Mariapolis Centre in Castelgandolfo, Rome from the 21st to the 23rd May 2004

2nd International Convention: “Education, an act of love”. A reflection on the current relevance of Chiara Lubich’s ‘lesson’ on the Art of Loving. Cadine, Trent from 9th to 10th October 2010.

Contacts

EdU-Education for Unity – International Secretariat

Via Frascati, 306

00040 Rocca di Papa (Roma) – IT

tel. +39-06-945407222

fax +39-06-9412080

email: pedagogia@focolare.org ; www.eduforunity.org