European Forum for Freedom in Education
For a Healthy School
Sustainability and Responsibility in Education and Health Promotion
18. – 20.11.2010 University Witten/Herdecke, Germany
There are multiple connections between education and health. But why is this? How can we understand health; how can we understand education?
A person is healthy when he/she is in tune with him or herself, mind, body and soul. Understood in these terms, health is something that can be learned. Through education and the development of self-awareness, good health can be re-established. This means that we have to disband the common assumption that illness and disease are simply a result of destiny or a punishment for poor lifestyle. We can recognise that to be cured is not only about the reparation of health but is also the restoration and strengthening of one’s inner and outer balance.
Someone is seen as enlightened if he or she is in a process of self-development. This includes an individual need to be in dialogue with the society of which we are a part. We should be willing to learn from mistakes in the past and to manage our lives by directing our own thoughts, feelings and will. Education must therefore be concerned with fostering the understanding and self awareness that will lead to good health.
Education and health – how are they connected and how do they complement one another? How do ‘artists of curing’ and ‘artists of education’ learn from each other? Lots of questions – reason enough for an international colloquium with a distinguished cast!
- An Exposé of the colloquium can be downloaded here.
- The Programme of the colloquium can be downloaded here.
- The press release on the colloquium can be downloaded here.