Since 1951 the MCE is an association of Italian teachers,pedagogists and principals built upon cooperation and active learning . With other members of FIMEM –Federation Internationale des Mouvements de l’Ecole Moderne- the MCE comes from Freinet ‘s approach to pedagogy and organizes workshops and meetings to exchange learning process knowledge among teachers and educators all around the world.
Every second year the FIMEM members call the RIDEF meeting -Rencontre Internationale des Educateurs Freinet- where teachers from different countries and background may exchange experiences , problems and teaching tools.
The MCE strenght comes from its members and their commitment .
The MCE long and rich story has been founded upon research, , testing, need and wish to share and take part in “the teaching job”.
For MCE members cooperation goes with political- pedagogical commitment and their teaching methodology comes from stages, studying seminars, meetings and exchanges about problems and teaching experiences.
Half a century of field research has given its members authorithy enough to be asked for advices by the Ministry of Education University and Research. Along with others nine school associations, it has also been appointed by Decree as Qualified Organization for Teachers’ Training and Refresher Courses.
Through its workshops the MCE can be met in Departments of Education as support to students in many Italian Universities.
The MCE work is built upon research/action by means of adults workshops on topics as environment consciousness, intercultural relationships, school subjects teaching methodology,gender studies,nursery school themes, ICT skills.
Moreover, it’s common practice and common background for MCE teachers enhancing peace culture and civil rights citizenship for each student.
Every project and achievement starts from everyday classroom activity as well as from the social background children bring along to school.
First RIDEF meeting was held in Chimay, Belgium in 1968 and went on every year until 1982.
It was called by C. Freinet in a time when on the international horizon other international gatherings were held, promoting the union of the working / exploited classes of the world.
Thus ,Freinet’s pedagogy is known as“ people’s pedagogy” .
Since then, a great deal of changes have been taking place, but FIMEM members keep on thinking of education as an open field where teachers build up learning settings as free as possible from social, cultural, religious marks.
Following Freinet’s pedagogy , by means of cooperative learning, the FIMEM ‘ s mission towards schools in every country of the world is promoting each student ‘s growing up
with critical awareness and freedom of thinking.
An educational goal that may be fulfilled by removing any racial, linguistic, religious , sexual ,political , economical , cultural and social prejudices.
The educational goals walk beyond the classroom walls and call upon the whole social community in the making of the “ earthly identity” for each student , as Edgar Morin says.
Working on this goal, teachers can meet teachers from different countries, languages, culture and experience as both beeing keen on teaching .
After Torino RIDEF held in 1982, the meeting went on every second year to build up a better organization around the theme to be.
On this point, here below you’ ll find the themes the last RIDEFs were dealing with :
- 2006 Senegal: Quality of the Education for everyone, a choice for home development.
- 2008 Mexico : Translating Freinet’s pedagogy in XXI° century-How to make a growing cooperative teachers net.
- 2010 France: Freinet’s pedagogy: an answer to the planet challenges?
- 2012 Spain : Equal opportunities, different choices- The right to Education for girls and women.
The RIDEF meeting aims to be a “ workshop of workshops” where to look for educational strategies apt to the classroom challenges every teacher has to cope with.