Pedagogy of Affection and Ecumenical Citizen Pedagogy

Source: A Tribuna Regional newspaper, of Santo Ângelo (Brazil), October 11 and 12, 2008. | Updated in November 2018.

As a tribute to all valuable educators, I bring some reflections I presented to the faculty of the Legion of Good Will’s (LGW) schools, which were partly published in the Correio Braziliense newspaper, of the Brazil’s capital city, Brasília, in February 2000, and also in the Globalization of Fraternal Love magazine, which we especially sent to the participants in the 2007 High-level Segment of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in Geneva (Switzerland):

Vivian R. Ferreira


Schools are essential, but are no substitute for the home. The State and society, together, must produce solutions so that families can raise and educate their children with dignity, as I wrote in the Folha de S.Paulo newspaper, Brazil, on July 27, 1986.

When I inaugurated the LGW’s Educational Institute in São Paulo (Brazil), I summed up in a few words its work principles: Here one studies — brain and heart are formed. This is the Pedagogy of God, who is Love, the Pedagogy that enables individuals to live the ecumenical citizenship, which is established through the full exercise of spiritual, human, and social solidarity. In the Ecumenical Citizen Pedagogy and the Pedagogy of Affection (and therefore of Love and Caring), the Spirit plays an extremely important role in our work. However, when preparing the youth and adults for living in this material world of unprecedented technology—and, paradoxically, nowadays so unstable for those who are working hard for their own future—we must take into highest consideration that students have to be taught efficiently because of the demanding requirements of the competitive labor market they will be getting into. Moreover, this has to be done in such a way that they do not pursue a career for which they have been prepared, but that will no longer exist at the end of the course. It is crucial, therefore, that they receive an effective education so they become fearless and enterprising and may overcome the supervening events that, at any moment, challenge society and frighten off the masses. . . . It will be no good—let us say for argument’s sake—having bold plans if there is no one who has been duly instructed to put them into action. For this very reason, take care of the Spirit, improve human beings, and everything will be transformed for the better!

Multiple Intelligence

Vivian R. Ferreira

Suelí Periotto

Educator Suelí Periotto, Supervisor of the LGW’s Pedagogy, who has a doctorate in Education from the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP), tells me that when the renowned professor, writer, and speaker Celso Antunes was asked about our educational work during an interview for the Educação em Debate [Education in Debate] program on the Super Good Will Radio Network, he said: “I’ve been a friend of [the Legion of] Good Will for a long time. . . . I’m fully aware of the work done by your Organization. I’ve visited you several times. I’ve had the opportunity to read one of Paiva Netto’s books that I received, and so I believe that—whether you attribute to it the name ‘multiple intelligence,’ or not—it is completely integrated into this concept. Actually, it has never seemed to me that you’ve been concerned with the exponential development of a student who might be a ‘little genius,’ but with the complete education of the person. And because I fully believe in these educational lines, I reiterate that I’m not speaking to the Legion of Good Will just as someone who’s giving an interview, but as a person who really identifies with its philosophy and its line of work.”

Vivian R. Ferreira

Celso Antunes

Thank you, Professor Antunes. Your words are a great incentive for us to expand even more this educational line that combines excellent teaching with experiencing the noblest feelings that human beings can manifest in community.

José de Paiva Netto is a writer, journalist, radio broadcaster, composer, and poet. He is the President of the Legion of Good Will (LGW), effective member of the Brazilian Press Association (ABI) and of the Brazilian International Press Association (ABI-Inter). Affiliated to the National Federation of Journalists (FENAJ), the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Union of Professional Journalists of the State of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Writers of Rio de Janeiro, the Union of Radio Broadcasters of Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian Union of Composers (UBC). He is also a member of the Academy of Letters of Central Brazil. He is an author of international reference in the concept and defense of the cause of Ecumenical Citizenship and Spirituality which, according to him, constitute “the cradle of the most generous values that are born of the Soul, the dwelling of the emotions and of the reasoning enlightened by intuition, the atmosphere that embraces everything that transcends the ordinary field of matter and comes from the elevated human sensitivity, such as Truth, Justice, Mercy, Ethics, Honesty, Generosity, and Fraternal Love.”