Pontifical Foundation Gravissimum Educationis

New educational models

"Today we need an emergency education: we need to open up new horizons, create new models."

Pope Francis

The Foundation is committed to researching new educational models and to disseminate them.

All the collaborations we support are achieved in network and explore the new educational horizons opened by the teaching of Pope Francis and contained in the document "Educating to a Solidary Humanism," published by the Congregation for Catholic Education.

The ambition of globalizing hope, through solidary humanism, the culture of dialogue and inclusion is fulfilled through these projects.

«Maison De Paix» – Democrtic Republic of Congo

At Kikwit, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the "Maison De Paix" (House of Peace) is being developed; it is a multifunctional training center for human promotion.

The project is realized by the Italian Association S.F.E.R.A. (Solidarietà, Fraternità, Educazione, Responsabilità, Accoglienza), along with some twenty other entities, including the Université Catholique du Congo (Kinshasa), the L.U.M.S.A. University (Libera Università Maria Santissima Assunta) from Rome and the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan.

These bodies share knowledge and experience in a scientific committee that has the task of accompanying the development of the project: on the one hand, it will indicate the ways to translate into concrete action the pedagogical content of the document "Educating to a Solidary Humanism"; on the other hand, the Committee will systematize the experience of the "Maison De Paix" by elaborating a model that is transferable.

The “House of Peace” will therefore be a laboratory in which to experiment with new educational models.

Once completed, the Center will be a point of reference for the formation of trainers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including exchanges with other nations.

The final investment will exceed € 2 million, needed to build the following facilities: elementary and pre-school, male and female training centers, professional and artistic workshops, outpatient clinics, polyfunctional church / salon, farmhouses, facilities for religious and lay volunteers at the service of the structure.

Educating for Encounter and Solidarity - Italy

The Gravissimum Educationis Foundation collaborates with the School of Advanced Learning "Educare all’Incontro e alla Solidarietà" (E.I.S.) for research on new educational models and their application.


Established in 2014, the E.I.S. School is part of the LUMSA University of Rome. It mainly operates in the fields of training and research, with a view to social improvement.


Among its competences, it also promotes an Observatory on the best educational experiences that are being realized in the world, with particular attention to those combining education with active citizenship and solidarity. In this sense, such collaboration is strategic for the Foundation.


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