Category Archives: Education

Looking for a new home for buildingforfamilies.org

Collobshouse 2013-08-05 11.44.51We are looking for woodland, water and ruins to site our school for self-reliance.  We are currently pursuing two properties in France: a house in Provence (with 40 acres of chestnut woods, a stream and two derelict cabins) and a farmstead in the Montagnes Noires (with 130 acres of woodland and pasture and two streams).

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Leila Berg event at Housman’s Bookshop

On Wednesday 22nd May 2013, we organised an event in Housman’s bookshop about Leila Berg (1917-2012): writer, rebel, radical educator. Berg was an important figure in the UK de-schooling movement and argued that:

‘We compartmentalise everything. We compartmentalise ages…as if children weren’t aiming to be grown-up, as if old people had never been children.’

Emily Charkin’s talk at Housman’s Bookshop event, Wednesday 22nd May 2013

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John Walmsley’s photographs of the event

Opening party for woodland shelter

2012-05-05 15.47.58 2012-05-05 15.57.18We celebrated the official opening of the woodland shelter (and Emily’s unmentionable birthday) with a party for friends, family and volunteers who had helped with the project.  Emily made a speech about the ‘building of the building’ and then local musicians led a barn-dance.  And we ate huge quantities of cake and paella.  It was a very happy end to a happy project.  Now it’s over to Kirsteen, her team and the children at the kindergarten to enjoy the building.