On June 13 and 14, 2018, a test run for the schools of the future took place at the House of World Cultures HKW in Berlin. In an experimental timetable, the participants of 21 school projects that had taken place within the framework of Schools of Tomorrow tested their contribution to the utopian school of tomorrow together.
kollektiv orangotango accompanied a group of young people from Tübingen, who had explored and tested possibilities of education in society in the project School without School: not within the narrow container that is called “school”, without tests and hierarchical teacher-student relationships, but with encounters between different social groups, collective creative activity and exchange through artistic interventions in public space.
Based on personal experiences from their respective districts, the participants built an utopian living city map, full of creative places of learning, which, drawn on the asphalt, became an accessible playground.
While we were discussing possible forms of emancipatory education at the HKW in Berlin, concrete spaces in which emancipatory education is already lived are in danger. In Naples, the Centro Sociale GRIDAS is acutely threatened by eviction after more than 30 years of neighbourhoos self-organized education from below. In Granada, the self-administered canteen of the Gómez Moreno School is to be sold to a commercial catering company. Out of solidarity with these friendly realities, we discussed these cases in a workshop at the HKW. This resulted in banners with the demands “Il GRIDAS non si tocca” and “No me toques la olla!!!”, which the students* carried to and put it on the Berlin Wall.