»The Paulo Freire Democratic Project Resources

Paulo FreireBrazilian philosopher and educator Paulo Reglus Neves Freire was born in Recife, Brazil, on September 19, 1921. He died of heart failure in Sao Paulo, Brazil on May 2, 1997. His political philosophy of education and his life-time obsession with integrating theory and research is what Freire's work is best known for.


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Padres Unidos Collaborative

Padres Unidos is a grass roots community engagement model that embraces community needs, leverages its strengths and achieves civic involvement for the public good. Through a structured process, Padres Unidos identifies the challenges families face and provides them with the tools and resources required to meet their goals.

La Escuela Freire Academy

La Escuela Freire Academy for Culture, Leadership, and Civic Engagement was developed by a team of educators who live in or near Santa Ana, CA. All of them share concerns that conventional high schools are not connecting with adolescents in meaningful ways—contributing to a high local dropout rate. La Escuela Freire hopes to graduate 100% of its students regardless of ethnic or socioeconomic status.​​​​

Libreria Martinez de Chapman University

Librería Martinez de Chapman University is a partner under the umbrella of the Paulo Freire Democratic Project. Since its inception as a Chapman entity, the principle aim of the bookstore is to create a community space where education happens in conjunction with the community and not on it. In Education as a Practice of Freedom, Paulo Freire said, "To be is to engage in relationship with others and with the world". In this Freirian sense, the experiences of the people who come to the bookstore are not only recognized and valued, but they become a part of the educational process for everyone. The liberatory effects of promoting literacy and being in relationship with others in the world directs the manner in which the bookstore is run. Librería Martinez de Chapman University is a non-profit organization whose sales, grants and donations go to support and sustain its community education programs. The artists, authors, teachers and participants who share their talents and creativity are all intricate contributors to the development of our human potential and to help us  envision and create a more equitable and human world. 

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