Synergies ED - II

Synergies ED: strenghtening the link between research and action on ED in Portugal


Strenghtening a collaborative community on Education for Development

The project Synergies ED: strenghtening the link between research and action on Education for Development (ED) in Portugal aims at promoting the quality of the intervention of Education for Development in Portugal. The first edition took place between 2013 and 2015 and this new stage aims at strenghtening and expanding the work that has already been developed to link research and action on ED.



In a society of a growing complexity and globalization, education emerges as a transversal banner to understand the world and interact with it. In the light of development, it plays a  plural role, increasingly meeting social conflicts and contradictions, challenges and tensions. Aware of the significance of Education for Development (ED), several institutions drafted, in 2008, the document National Strategy for the Education for Development enacted in Diário da República (National Official Journal) in 2009. The conclusions drawn from the progress reports designed to monitor the fulfillment of the strategy during the period of 2010-13 state that the less covered measures correspond to the promotion of research on ED and to the reported analysis of its activities. Aware of this situation, in 2013 CEAUP and FGS started project Synergies ED: Knowing for better acting – promoting research/action on AD in Portugal, a first acknowledged step with good results. This is the 2nd edition of the project aiming to reinforce the work already achieved.




  1. Systematizing the collaborative experiences of the first edition of the project
  2. Examining and analyzing the collaborative processes
  3. Joint research work between IES and OSC
  4. Promoting joint actions on ED between IES and OSC (meetings, networks, exchanges, training courses)



  1. Strenghtening CEAUP’s line of research on ED
  2. Fostering the website
  3. Publishing 4 new issues of the scientific journal “Synergies – educational dialogues for social change”, the first scientific, digital and free periodic on ED in Portugal.
  4. Taking part in and introducing the project and the journal “Synergies” in national and international meetings
  5. Updating the study on perceptions and relevance of ED in Portugal
  6. 2nd International Meeting Synergies ED



  1. Training courses based on the Reference Lines Synergies ED
  2. Re-designing and joint validation of the Reference Lines


The project is due to last 2 years (June 2016 to May 2018) and is jointly sponsored by Fundação Gonçalo da Silveira and Centro de Estudos Africanos da Universidade do Porto. It is co-financed by Camões – Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua and supported by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.





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    R&D Supported by

    R&D Unit integrated in the project number UIDB/00495/2020 and UIDP/00495/2020.



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