Making the Social and Human Sciences Count – philosophy for/with children’s contributions

Recently SOPHIA was invited to attend Reimagining ‘Development’ Models in Asia-Pacific – Making the Social and Human Sciences Count organized by UNESCO’s Social and Human Sciences (SHS) Sector and partners.


The event was held on 23th June 2023, in Bangkok, Thailand, and also online. Tugce Buyukugurlu and Joana Rita Sousa (SOPHIA Board members) attended the session “Transforming Learning with Philosophy with Children”.


We had the opportunity to listen to Edwige Chirouter and the work that Chaire UNESCO “Pratiques de la philosophie avec les enfants: une base éducative pour le dialogue interculturel et la transformation sociale” is developing. 


Rainier A. Ibana, President of Philosophy with Children and Youth Network for Asia-Pacific, shared the work developed during the pandemic that involved developing different communities. A part of that work was held at ICPIC’s Conference in Tokyo (2022) and is documented in a youtube video.


SOPHIA is at heart a welcoming, open and inclusive community of people who practice philosophy for/ with children. Attending events such as these helps us to get in touch with different organizations, and is also a strong source of inspiration.  


Joana Rita Sousa 

filocriatividade (Portugal)