Coming Soon

Soilsiú Films & The Philosophy Foundation are developing an Educational Resource pack for Young Plato as a tool educators and facilitators can use when presenting the film in a classroom/workshop or community screening situation. We are currently looking for funding to develop this resource fully, and hope to be able to include a year's worth of philosophy sessions linked to themes within the film including the development of critical thinking and emotional metacognition, clips from the film, and a handbook on strategies to use to run the sessions.

In the meantime please use the free resources we have brought together below.

Supporting Philosophy Resources for Young Plato

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  • Free resources in the downloadable PDF:

 A World Without - On making a better world.
Bikes and certainty - The session from the film
Billy Bash - On violence and self-control
Lost! - On losing things
The Volcano - On differences

Young Plato resources

Young Plato

Young Plato is an observational documentary is set in post-conflict Belfast's Ardoyne, where a marginalized working-class community has for generations been plagued by poverty, drugs and guns. The film charts the dream of Headmaster Kevin McArevey and his dedicated, visionary team illustrating how critical thinking and pastoral care can empower and encourage children to see beyond the boundaries and limitations of their own community. We see how philosophy can encourage them to question the mythologies of war and of violence, and sometimes challenge the narratives their parents, peers, and socio-economic group would dictate.

The Philosophy Foundation started working with Holy Cross Boys' Primary School in Belfast in 2014 and as a partner school we have had the privilege to work closely with Kevin and the staff at Holy Cross Boys' since then.

We are now working with Soilsiu Films to develop resources that can be used alongside this film, including lesson plans and strategies for doing philosophy with children that address issues of emotional literacy and critical thinking.

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