Wondering School is an independent research project that investigates and encourages the practice of a liberating education.

The project was created in 2016 as a journey to explore, learn with and share a range of democratic and humanizing education practices around the world. We encounter and collaborate with people in schools, communities, informal education projects and organizations. Together we co-create projects, facilitate learning experiences and dialogues and create resources, such as films, that stimulate reflection and action to recreate school education in alignment with the values of an emancipatory education.

Our vision is to grow learning communities based on dialogue, conscientization, freedom (interdependence) and engagement with the world. Through our WS journey we’ve been searching for answers and finding new questions, in a continuous process of learning and becoming. Our discovery is the process itself.


Marianne Osório
Charlie Shread


Since the beginning of the project in 2016 we’ve been dedicating ourselves fully to Wondering (and wandering) School. We’ve been living a nomadic life since then, discovering how to live one day after the other on a journey that keeps us challenged, inspired and encouraged to recreate school and transform the world.

In this map we show all the schools, communities and groups that we have met in person. Some of them follow traditional practices, others progressive practices (or a mix), and we include them all as we’ve learned with all of them in many different ways.

Some of them we visited for a day, some for a week, and others for months. With some we developed research and co-created projects, and in a few we have volunteered/worked in for months or years – even before Wondering School existed. This is a record of our journey, learning with people and growing together.