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November 2015 Featured Photographer of the Month

Alice Project: The wonderland at school

Maria Cardamone | India

“Where is the phenomenon that I perceive?” This question is the basis of the pedagogia started in the ‘80s by the Italian teachers Valentino Giacomin and Luigina De Biasi, and named “Alice Project”. As in the story of Carroll students are invited to follow the wise rabbit, i.e. the path to self-knowledge.

In an era of computerization and high speed exchange of information through internet, mobiles, media, western societies are seeing an acceleration in lifestyle resulting in stress and downward trend in new generations. In schools around the world, in fact, every year students have increasing behavior problems with decreasing attention and concentration skills, more cases of dyslexia and other learning disorders. A final solution seems to be an education that combines Western and Eastern practices such as the "Alice Project" method  created by two Italian teachers Luigina De Biasi and Valentino Giacomin. Their school was founded in 1994 in Sarnath, is intercultural and generously open to the lower social classes and includes all spiritual teachings with no preferences of religion, yoga, meditationa and ayuverdic massages. It is proved that in the Alice schools are almost non-existent discipline problems neither cases of students who suffer from hyperactivity and attention disorders or learning disabilities, diseases which instead concerne other countries worldwide. This new path in teaching, learning and human consciousness has been firmly encouraged by Dalai Lama.

Italian freelance photographer (1984).
I have always believed the Western society need to integrate its way of life with some Eastern practices and life approaches in order to find balance. Western psychology nowadays is looking for solution to some problems due to business stress and high speed exchange of informations, such as learning disorders, concentration loss, bullism. I went to India interested into this kind of stories and with great surprise I found a school and a new method created by Italian teachers that is proved can solve these problems. I have done my job as a photographer and storyteller if these photographs can spread a different way of thinking on the "education" as a "body-mind-psyche training" rather than merely as a series of informations. I wish this work can help families in choosing better the education for their sons, growing up the future humanity in peace and tolerance.

 “Awakening Special Universal Education” ONG -India
Valentino Giacomin. Alice Project, school in Sarnath.

 Maria Concetta Cardamone
www.mariacardamone.com

 

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