UNESCO Education UIL

Instituto Paulo Freire (IPF), Brazil

The Instituto Paulo Freire is seeking to keep alive educational debates, disseminates works done in different areas, facilitates research and the interchange of ideas, deepens theoretical reflections and renovates Paulo Freire’s thought. The Paulo Freire Institute maintains in its São Paulo Headquarters the Paulo Freire Archives, a home page on the internet, and many publications. The Paulo Freire Archive includes Freire’s personal library, files, and a media collection, which includes videos, audio tapes, compact disks, and software.

Areas of Specialization:

Adult education

User Profile:


Contact Information


Rua Cerro Corá
550 – 2° andar – sala 22
CEP 05061–100
São Paulo

(+55–11) 30215536
(+55–11) 30215589
Contact person:
Moacir Gadotti

Basic Institutional Data:

Founded in:
Moacir Gadotti
Information staff:
Countries Served:
Working Languages:
English, Portuguese, Spanish


Books and Documents:
Periodicals recieved p.a.:
Multimedia materials:

Methods of Data Management

Cataloging Rules
Anglo American Cataloguing Rules (AACR)
Classification System
Universal Decimal Classification (UDC)
Indexing Tool
UNESCO Thesaurus
Database Software

Services and Special Activities

Information Services Provided

The Paulo Freire Institute has developed research in the following areas: adult and youth education, student cost, school administration and relations, bottom–up democratic planning and the political–pedagogic school project, school charter and school ethnography, dialogical evaluation, ecopedagogy, and informatics applied to education.

Publications Produced

Various publications are published from time to time.

Special Activities

Mouvements: Paulo Freire Archives, Paulo Freire Free Chair, Citizen School, ecopedagogy, adult and youth education, network education
Network with RAAAB – Adult Education Network in Brazil

Studies and Surveys

Various studies, research and activities in progress

Other material

Challenges and Obstacles in Carrying out the Work

Difficulties to deliver the data base in the Internet; financial difficulties to hire a professional from the archives and library area permanently

Strategies and Perspectives to Improve Services

Create a reference center about adult education, which involves the archives, library, video area and media

Role envisaged within the Network of Networks

To cooperate in adult education in the Freirean perspective