The Paulo Freire Democratic Project (PFDP) is a collection of local, regional and international initiatives based out of Chapman University’s College of Education Studies. These initiatives reflect the political, pedagogical and ethical imperatives of the great Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, and captures his democratic struggle for social justice.
PFDP is committed to the development of resources that can assist individuals, groups and collectives in their various efforts to improve their schools and communities and strengthen the democratic practices of state and federal governments. These resources are philosophical, theoretical, pedagogical, policy-based and organizational. The PFDP board are professors in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University who are former teachers and administrators and who work locally and internationally in the fields of curriculum, bilingual education, critical pedagogy and leadership education.
We work with affiliated scholars, public intellectuals, researchers, policy makers, community activists, teachers, artists, administrators, and student organizations to initiate, advance and support progressive agendas. These include teacher workshops, community activities, symposia, national and international conferences, research projects, and publications that address the most urgent themes of our time: e.g. ecocide, poverty, educational inequality, racism, homophobia, sexism and assaults on human rights.
Actor, Edward James Olmos, with the Paulo Freire statue at Chapman University