Philosophy for Children ...

...was originally developed by philosopher Matthew Lipman in the 1970s. Today it is practiced all over the world and in at least 16 languages. The aim of P4C is to engage students from Year 1 to Year 13 in philosophical inquiry in the context of a caring and collaborative community.

Philosophy for Children is more than a thinking skills programme; it taps into children's natural curiosity, and assists them in their search for meaning. It encourages intellectual courage and rigor and helps to develop the qualities that make for good judgment in everyday life.

Philosophical inquiry is a powerful practice, offering students the opportunity to question and explore issues, concepts and ideas that are important and relevant to their lives, whatever stage of life they may be at.

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P4CNZ ...

... is the New Zealand association for Philosophy for Children. P4CNZ is an associate of the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations, and it offers training for teachers (and others) who wish to facilitate philosophical inquiry with children and young people. P4CNZ is a not-for-profit grassroots organisation run by teachers and philosophers who have a commitment to making the benefits of the philosophical community of inquiry available to everyone.