Critical Education Between Social Justice and Dialogic Cultural Action

Author: Lucia Picarella


Education considered as a critical social practice and as a tool for the formation of active citizenship can play a fundamental role because it is most probably the only area that has a real capacity to influence actual social realities. This paper intertwines the paths and teachings of three personalities who have indelibly marked the discourse on critical education, peace, and social engagement: don Milani (1923-1967), Freire (1921-1997) and Fals Borda (1925-2008). Through the analysis of their life experiences and their humanist vision that gives education an emancipatory and critical meaning to stimulate human action and change historical reality, in this contribution, an attempt will be made to open reflection on the need to reinterpret the current globalised paradigms to promote effective social change based on a culture of peace, solidarity and social justice.

Keywords: Critical Education, Culture of Peace, Conscientisation


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Lucia Picarella full professor, Faculty of Law, Catholic University of Colombia. Email:

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