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The troubadour

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Filinto Elisio Correia e Silva, born in Praia, Cape Verde, is a poet and columnist. Was a professor at Somerville, in the United States and adviser to the Minister of Culture of Green Cape. Currently is part of the administration of Multilingual School Foundation and curated the first week of cultural CPLP(comission of countries of portuguese language) held in Madeira.

The intention with this cultural week, which are the main objectives of this meeting?
Filinto Elisio Correia e Silva: This concept results of CPLP Multilingual Schools is a project that is being developed by the foundation with the same name and that why has beencreated. The matrix is based on three points, an innovative pedagogical model with the new technologies of information and education, multilingualism one, ie, one based education in many languages and also the third aspect, that is multiculturalism. Being a global project by Portugal, but is not Portuguese, this project attempts to create a dialogue between the various cultures. Obviously among the CPLP members are facing the Lusophone cultures, but there is a dimension that is global and we do one week in the future with other cultures.

But the aim is to make cultural weeks throughout the year in several countries in Lusophone, is it?
FECS: In several countries of Lusophone and where the foundation has the opportunity and privilege of being.

It is curious that it is organizing a cultural week, a time when the culture does not have any weight, why is that important?
FECS: It is extremely important because we are in a global environment crisis, I think we bet and invest in culture and that is not fully recognized, productive factors is one of them. I think our speaking countries has windows on culture, a huge development potential, we have to put ourselves on display in dialogue to understand the power of countries, including business. Hence the patrons and sponsors we are bringing a new concept that is not just something on the heat of the moment. We must invest in the culture as an asset in development.

How do you manage to convince some countries that culture is an asset when there are other more preementes needs?
FECS: There are no more important than culture, unless the basic survival of eating and drinking of breathing. The culture should be considered by us a new paradigm of productive factor. One of the reasons for the crisis in which we live is because we recognize this great asset, and inclusive economic entrepreneurs and many states see culture as a liability, as a backrest. The culture deserves investment so you can promote the economy of a nation.

What then is the role of the foundation in this matter?
FECS: The Foundation is complex and has pedagogical purpose, models of school business that is not well in the area where I labor but has a component where I insert me at ease and Iam in tuned that is multiculturalism. We only have created markets for schools if we have a cultural dialogue with the people, with the countries and cultural knowledge between us on the other. The latelarity is the main potential to educate the market.

When will the next cultural week?
FECS: The next week and we already thinking about this on a date, will be on another continent not European. With time we'll inform the decision of the board of the foundation, but we think it will be in Brazil.

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