Vilamoura College Questions Festival take the bus

Initiative within the scope of the Questions Festival

The most worrying questions, which arose at the X Questions Festival of the International College of Vilamoura (CIV), are already circulating in urban transport in the municipality of Loulé. 

“Why are we here? (“Why are we here?”) – Grace Gandhi, age 5, “What defines consciousness?” (What defines consciousness?”) – David Lopes, 15, “What makes us human?” (Nanda Scheidemantel, age 14) or “If this were your last day alive, would you be satisfied with your life?” (Joaquim Pacheco, 12 years old).

These are some of the questions that can be read on the rear windows of buses.

The initiative comes in the year in which the Festival of Questions – held annually among the CIV community - marks its tenth anniversary and in which the discipline of Philosophy for Children and Young People celebrates 25 years in this international teaching institution.

In the words of the project's mentor and philosophy facilitator Laurinda Silva, «the questions continue to translate the students' astonishment and restlessness in relation to the world, and project their ideas about how this world could be».

This exercise is thus embraced with enthusiasm every year by the educational community.

«This project highlights one of the most important missions of the school: to encourage critical thinking and a taste for knowledge. Recalling the book A more beautiful question, by Warren Berger (2014), 'asking questions allows us to learn more and helps us to improve relationships with others', points out Cidália Bicho, CIV's pedagogical director.

After having jumped, in January, from the school sphere to the windows of Rua Maria Campina, materialized in drawing by CIV students, with the support of Loulé City Council and Loulé Concelho Global, after having given rise to a collective exhibition at the Aderita Artistic Space Gallery, in Vale do Lobo, involving seven questions and 10 artists invited to illustrate them, the questions are now projected in other directions, covering the county, on the routes to Loulé, Quarteira and Almancil.