"The act of learning to read and write has to start from a very comprehensive understanding of the act of reading the world, something which human beings do before reading the words."
Paulo Freire has written that educators need to be clear about what he calls their ontological vocation. The Paulo Freire Democratic Project's (PFDP) vocation, broadly stated is to bring to bear a synthesis of progressive/critical and ethical/democratic practices upon both formal and informal educational contexts. To accomplish this mission, PFDP gathers together a number of constituencies from all levels of education to promote the full democratic, intellectual and critical development of students, teachers, administrators, parents and other community members.
About Paulo Freire
Brazilian 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.
For more information on Paulo Freire's life, work and publications view the following sources:
Infed.org -Paulo Freire Page