Who we are

The Escola da Esperança wants to become the first international school in the Alentejo region. It shall be a place of learning for children from the region, for the children of the community of Tamera and for children and young people from all over the globe.

The Children and young people are the carriers and designers of the future of this planet. Each child carries within itself a direct, authentic peace power. The main goal of the Escola da Esperança – the School of Hope – is to nurture this peace power.

The Escola da Esperança offers an educational model, which is based on progressive, internationally-researched teaching methods. The concept is inspired mainly by the fundamental thoughts about pedagogy by Maria Montessori: sensitive stages of learning, directing learning to the children’s inner growth strengths, working with materials in a prepared environment.

The Escola da Esperança takes a holistic approach to learning. The creative curiosity of children and young people and their absolute joy and enthusiasm for learning is protected and strengthened through positive learning experiences.

“Learning is a natural life-process which happens by itself because life itself is aligned to continuous development and improvement.  Learning is not linear but moves in oscillations along a line of tension; an irresistible draw which we call interest, curiosity or intrinsic motivation.  An efficient learning system is guided by these motions of life. […]Like the experiences of a child, the world cannot be divided into categories without us losing the sense of the whole. [...]. It is therefore very important for us to create interdisciplinary learning opportunities and mixed-aged learning groups.” (Excerpt of our school concept.)

The Escola da Esperança was developed by the co-workers of the Tamera Peace Research Centre and remains embedded in project. Tamera’s international environment provides students with opportunities to learn about different cultures. This experience is a central basis for an understanding of global cooperation and solidarity. Multilingualism and media literacy are therefore very important tools for our pupils in finding their way through the globalized and digitized world.

Escola da Esperança is a private school. Its supporting organization is “Associação G.R.A.C.E. – Grupo para a Reconciliação em Áreas de Crise e Educação” based in Monte do Cerro, 7630 - 392 Relíquias. (Non-profit)

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What is Tamera?

The aim of Tamera is to develop itself as a comprehensive model response to the human and ecological crisis of our time. For this purpose Tamera creates and provides knowledge about sustainability in the key areas of life: water, energy, food, community amongst people, cooperation with animals and with nature.
Tamera is also a center for education. Young peace workers come from all over the world to study and practice the knowledge and skills that are needed for the creation of peace villages and autonomous settlements.
“The crisis inside of us and the crisis in the environment are two parts of the same whole and can only be solved from that perspective.” (Dieter Duhm, founder of Tamera)

Life in Tamera is based on fundamental ethical values:

  • Truth
  • Mutual support
  • Responsible participation in the community and to the world
  • Transparency

An important part of the sustainable research model is the development of an appropriate education for children and young people.
In addition, Tamera provides opportunities for an ongoing education for adults (Youth School, Peace EducationGlobal Campus).
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The Importance of Community
"If we want to survive the environmental and social crises that we have caused, we would be forced to go along with completely new dramatic community enterprises." (Lynn Margulis)
The experience of a human being of feeling completely embedded among other human beings is an important basis for the development of his or her own potential and for becoming an active participant for a peaceful future.
We regard the Escola da Esperança as a school of life or a school of community. The social structure is based on the principles of community. Our ethical values (see above) serve as basis for the social life and learning among adults as well as with and among children. This enables the students to experience mutual acceptance and support through direct experience. On the foundations of solidarity they learn to solve conflicts among each other and learn that it is very efficient to cooperate.

Trust as a base for free learning
Children need to know that they can rely on adults. They can trust when they know that the adults take a stand for truth and for the protection of all life. This gives the children orientation for the development of their own personalities.
Maria Kessler, student of the Escola da Esperança (at age 13):
“The most important thing to me in school is that I can trust my teachers! If I really trust I get a huge power. I can be sure that the teachers want to support me, that they tell me the truth and that we can ask all the questions that are really important to us, including when the questions are about the topic of love.”

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