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SUMMERHILL FESTIVAL OF CHILDHOOD
World’s Oldest Continuous Democratic School Turns 100!
Suffolk, England, UK. 5-10th August 2022.
This festival will be a community and family event. Celebrating 100 years of Summerhill School and the inspirations A.S.Neill has given the world, this exciting, fun event is all about childhood, children’s rights, freedom of the individual, responsibility to community and free play.
What to expect? From talks by inspirational education pioneers and innovators to DJs, comedy, bands, collaborative art projects and fun activities for the young and young at heart, there’ll be
something for everyone at the Summerhill Festival of Childhood. Plans are in place to welcome several thousand British and international families, educators and innovators to the festival at Peakhill Farm, Theberton, Suffolk, where they can reminisce, network, and share ideas, experiences and practices celebrating childhood.
Summerhill School is internationally renowned for its promotion of emotional sincerity as an essential condition for social emotional development and a more humane world. A.S. Neill founded the school in 1921 in Dresden, Germany as part of the international Neue Schule. By 1923, Neill had moved to the town of Lyme Regis in the south of England, to a house called Summerhill. In 1927, Neill moved the school to the present site at Leiston, Suffolk, taking the name of Summerhill with him.
During his lifetime, Neill published several books about life and work at Summerhill including Summerhill School: A New View of Childhood (1960). It became an instant bestseller and a classic
volume of education for an entire generation.
Summerhill is a real place, not a utopia. Living in a community of around 100 people is not always easy. Everybody is learning about themselves…
For many Summerhill pupils it becomes the most meaningful experience in their lives.
Zoë Neill Readhead, Principal, Summerhill
Keynote speakers will be announced closer to the date.
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Additional information about Democratic and Self Directed Education
The Alliance for Self-Directed Education
European Democratic Education Community
International Democratic Education Conference (IDEC)
International Democratic Education Network (IDEN)