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Classroom of the Casa de la Caritat. 1957. Author unknown. Arxiu Fotogràfic de Barcelona

For an education in freedom

El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria opens an exhibition on the pedagogical reform in Barcelona between 1908 and 1979.

In 1908, the Extraordinary Culture Budget was approved. The Barcelona City Council, inspired by the pedagogical renewal that was taking place around the world, wanted to make a comprehensive reform of education with an emphasis on quality teaching, public, free, in Catalan, with mixed and secular classes. The new exhibition at the El Born Centre de Cultura i Memòria starts from this moment, which even though it was a failure it became historical, and traces a journey through the key moments in the history of education in the 20th century and the historical and political context in which it is framed. The exhibition is called ‘Towards an education in freedom. Schooling in Barcelona 1908-1979’ and you can visit it from April 9, 2021 to March 27, 2022.

You will find a series of related activities to the exhibition to expand knowledge and reflection on the evolution of education in Barcelona and Catalonia, and also about its future. Apart from the opportunity to take a guided tour of the exhibition on Saturdays and Sundays, there will also be a virtual presentation of the book that talks about the exhibition on April 13 and a round table on the evolution of education with three witnesses, which you can follow in person and online on April 28.

El Born CCM offers open days to the exhibition until June 23. From then on, you can visit it for the price of 3 euros or for free on Sunday afternoons. In all cases, it is essential to make a reservation in advance.

Publication date: Thursday, 08 April 2021
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