More than 15,000 children from the Lusophone universe already have their name inscribed in Cancioneiro Infanto-Juvenil for the Portuguese Language, a project of the Piaget Institute started 30 years ago.
The aim is to stimulate poetic creativity among children and young people in Portuguese-speaking countries, showing that, like adults, children make poetry.
Since 1989, the Piaget Institute has organized poetic competitions for children every three years to reintroduce the literary culture and poetic dimension in the formation of the youngest in Portugal and in the Portuguese-speaking countries.
The competitions culminate in the presentation and publication of the best works subject to competition. So far, more than 22,000 poems have been collected in seven poetic contests.
This weekend, during the “Education Meeting”, held at the Almada University Campus, the latest set of short poems was presented.
They are now gathered in a book, in a work edited by Edições Piaget with the title “Poetry is something that is not the same thing but is the same”, becoming the 18th volume of Cancioneiro.
Since its first edition, the Cancioneiro Infanto-Juvenil project has been a valuable way of discovering the poetic language and the pleasure of the word.
At the same time, Cancioneiro aims to reintroduce the poetic dimension into the educational and cultural system.
The “Education Meeting”, sponsored by the Piaget Institute, was attended by numerous national and international experts in the areas of social and human sciences.
The meeting served as a reflection on the current state of education, mishaps of recent years and opening new perspectives for the 21st century.
Through a packed auditorium, two dozen speakers and more than 500 participants passed for two days.
The “Education Meeting” ended the celebrations of the Piaget Institute’s 40th anniversary, created in 1979 by the hands of António Oliveira Cruz, and since then has been devoted to education, higher education, publishing, research, and social intervention.
Piaget has assumed a central role in the formation of educators and teachers, among many other professionals from different areas of knowledge.
At the same time, it has contributed to the development of the interior and peripheral areas of large urban centers, decentralizing and democratizing education, with 4 campuses located in Almada, Viseu, Vila Nova de Gaia and Silves, and Vocational Schools in Almada, Viseu e Knights Macedo.
In addition to Portugal, it has grown across borders and currently has university centers in five other Lusophone countries (Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mozambique).