Bio – Little Tree

The “Little Tree that will become a forest”, is a self-organized pedagogical venture, that operates under the values of libertarian and experience-based learning. Its’ operation started in January 2014 in Krioneri, Thessaloniki. It consists of three groups, the children group, the parent and the teacher group. The first get together of the parents and teachers was a result of the need and desire for a different kind of education.

An education, that on a first level, begins from respecting the individuality, the personal learning pace, the needs and desires of every child. On a second basis, it goes on to ensure that the child experiences a community of direct democracy, with such tools as inclusive education, mutual assistance and participation in the collective life. It is essential to us that in the pursuit of knowledge exploration and all-round growth, the children need to be accompanied with empathy, acceptance and sincerity. This kind of education is the one we try to make happen right here, right now in the community of “Little Tree”. Besides the aforementioned, it is equally important for us to struggle to publicly open the issue of libertarian education.

Talk Description –  Gender, body and sexuality in childhood

We began our research about gender, body and sexuality in childhood by recognizing that we don’t live our lives in a social and political gap (emptiness), but in patriarchal capitalist western society in which gender, body and sexuality consist mechanisms of authoritarianism and enforcement of a dominant system, but also a battlefield of resistance. For this matter, we are against the interpretation of any discrimination due to biological data, because in this way social inequality and authoritarian relationships become natural and legitimate.
Our pedagogical approach in the procedure of learning the gender, the body and the sexuality, is reflected in the whole environment. In adult behavior, relationships and expectations, in gender discrimination, in our political procedures. We approach with interest in the meaning of self-designation and equivalence.
The body is channel of meeting, reacting and communicating with ourselves and the others. We emphasize on the right to self-sufficiency and determination, for adults and children, a culture of consent.

The theory of children’s innocence is a dominant perspective, which suppresses children’ autonomy and preserves sexuality as a highly private and adult issue.