Silence in the Village: The Place of Silence in â€œThe Village Projectâ€
Keywords:Education, democratic education, progressive education, silence, village project
I want to talk about the Village Project. This is a project that we do in my school where the whole of Year 8, thatâ€™s 52 children aged 12 and 13, build a village in the school grounds. They then live in it for a week and sleep in their huts, cook their own food, decide on the form of governance they want and they donâ€™t go to lessons or mix with the rest of the school.Â This screened-off settlement becomes a place apart where they form their own community through a process that is facilitated by the staff.Â I want to talk about why we do this and what it has to do with notions of silence. But first, to say something about the context...
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