Imagine a gym where you practice flexibility, endurance, strength and agility - of thought.

In a Philosophy workshop (for Children and Youth) we train critical thinking, creative thinking, caring thinking, and also collaborative thinking. We think with others.

The project filocriatividade has the recognition Chaire UNESCO Pratiques de la Philosophie avec les enfants.

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What are the #P4wC workshops?

Philosophy workshops are adapted to the ages of its participants. We begin with a philosophical provocation: a game, an excerpt from a text, a book, a video, or a question.

Then we buil conditions for the dialogue and we set some rules. For example: in order to speak, we put our hand up. One person speaks at a time, so that we can practice a listening attitude. 

You can find several records of the workshops by searching, on social networks, for #filocri.

For #covid19 reasons these workshops took the online form, to protect all participants.

The photographs shared here belong to the archive of this project, from January 2008 to February 2020.

what do i do?

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study centers and libraries

Philosophy and creativity workshops, for children (from 4 years old) and young people. Participants are grouped by age or school year.

[Face-to-face or online]

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workshops at schools

Philosophy and creativity workshops designed for classes, in kindergarten, as well as in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles

[Face-to-face or online]

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workshops for familiies 

Workshops in which the child is accompanied by an adult: the parent, the grandparent, the older siblings, the godmother or godfather.

[Face-to-face or online]

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training courses

Short and long workshops or courses to learn what Philosophy for Children is, and how it is done. For teachers, educators and other educational agents.

[Face-to-face or online]

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philosophical cafés

This is an activity designed for grown-ups. The premise is to accept the challenge to stop and think. It all starts with a question.

[Face-to-face or online]

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creative thinking

Courses where you can learn and practice creativity. For children, for young people, and also for grown-ups.

[Face-to-face or online]

how does philosophy happen?

what do people say about #filocri workshops?

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(...) after attending this workshop, I realized how vital it is that our children know how to think "out of the box", that they see the world from other perspectives, other voices, other minds.(...)

Ana Cila, mother

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(...) I accompanied Joana during the activities and through the dynamics created it is possible for children to see the world in a different way, questioning, leaving their comfort zone, developing critical thinking. At the end of the sessions everyone discovers what the main action of those who want to philosophize is: ASK!

Fátima Monteiro Bento, Cultural Extension Service of the Municipal Library of Faro


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(...) The sessions allowed a good involvement of the classes, almost always reaching even the most distracted or restless. There is a sense of humor allied to the constant questioning with the children that Joana manages to hold from the beginning to the end of the sessions (...)" 

Elisabete Paiva, Artistic Director at Materiais Diversos

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I like to think about the world and I like to think with other people. The philosophy training workshops for/with children and the philosophical cafés in which I have participated, under the leadership of Joana Rita Sousa, have been a continuous and structured exercise of critical and creative thinking.

Margarida Costa, Early Childhood Educator

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(...) In his programs, always conversed with a team of kids live in the studio, we awaken to ideas through the participants' opinions, without patronizing or judging, without orientations or "proselytizing".

João Pedro, Production Coordinator of Rádio Miúdos

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(...) Since Philosophy is a subject that only enters the educational system from the 10th grade on, the philosophy workshops for children, led by Joana Rita Sousa, are an innovative way for young people to experience and learn about a subject that is unknown to them, but that we consider very important for their education.

Rita Leite, Producer at Inestética | New Ideas Cultural Association

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Joana captivates every student with her smile and presence. As soon as she arrives in a room, it is filled with curiosity and many questions on the board. Her tutorials are full of learning, with lots of colors and schemes. The students love her!

Patrícia Almeida, Pedagogical Coordinator at Da Vinci Education Gym (Odivelas)

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The workshops of filoCriatividade developed by Joana Rita Sousa are moments of group reflection on various themes of society, which thanks to creative techniques move towards critical thinking. The unfolding of the workshops, both for children and adults, lead to more questions, and each time with more question marks, which exercises the will to go further in this community reflection." 

participant in the philosophy workshops at the Manuel Alegre Library, in Águeda


joana rita sousa filocriatividade

Hello there! My name is Joana!

I have a degree in Philosophy from the Catholic University's FCH. Since 2008 I travel around the country promoting workshops on critical and creative thinking. In 2011 I went to the Portuguese School of Mozambique, in Maputo, to provide training for teachers and educators.

Teacher and speaker

I am part of the teaching staff of the Post-Graduate course in Philosophy for Children at the Catholic University and I have already been a speaker at a TEDx talk.

Member and Founder

Honorary member of the Mexican Federation of Philosophy for Children, the Portuguese Philosophy Society, Sophia Network and The International Council of Philosophy Inquiry with Children (ICPIC) . I am co-founder of the meetings Sentir Pensamentos | Pensar Sentidos.

"Talk with a smile"

Besides being certified and holding a Master's degree in Philosophy for Children, I continue to invest in my training in this area. This is a subject that truly fascinates me. Philosophy makes me "talk with a smile"(as Mia said).

let's do some philosophy?
contact me to learn more about in-person or online workshops
[email protected]joana 1 philosophy for children and youth

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Created in 2006, the blog filocriatividade - philosophy for children and creativity is dedicated to share news about workshops and events related to philosophy for / with children, in Portugal and worldwide.

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