A Carnival of All and to All in the Public School Palomeras Bajas. Participation and Social Justice: The Carnival as an Educational and Citizenship Experience
This article aims to share a participatory experience from a public school that functions as an educational community in which it is present the desire to work from a social justice approach. Palomeras Bajas School is located in a working class neighborhood of Madrid Southeast, which has extensive experience in community participation. We take the carnival as a practical example of an educational experience devoted to promote citizenship and social justice, although there have been also many shared experiences and lessons learned in these 43 years of history in our school.
We want to reflect the way in which each part of the educational community: teachers, students, families, participate and share this experience, feeling as ours.
We stress in particular the participation of families to be a generator of enthusiasm and commitment to improving the education of our children. We also highlight elements of school policy that are indispensable in the construction of our model of participation as the Cooperative and the Permanent Board.
Finally, we reflect on those elements that make visible, through the activity of Carnival, our efforts to contribute from our small and humble place to be conscious citizens that contribute to promote a more just society model at a time as necessary as this of large cuts in public education.
Community participation, Educational project, Democratic coexistence, Cooperative, Permanent board, Social Justice, Equity, Inclusion, Carnival.
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Perfetti, P., & Núñez Martín, G. (2013). Un carnaval de tod@s y para tod@s en el Colegio Público Palomeras Bajas. Participación y justicia social: El carnaval como experiencia educativa y ciudadana. International Journal of Education for Social Justice (RIEJS), 2(1), 159-172.