Over 250 people attended the presentation of the book Felipe Segovia: pensamiento y obra educativa (Felipe Segovia: Educational Philosophy and Work) at the headquarters of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). The event was presided over by Marcial Marín Hellín, Secretary of State for Education, and Nieves Segovia, President of the SEK Education Group. Also participating were, Francisco López Rupérez, Chair of the National Board of Governors; Julio Iglesias de Ussel, Professor of Sociology at the Complutense University and member of the Royal Academy of Moral and Political Sciences, and José Luis Rodríguez, the book’s coauthor and General Technical Secretary of the SEK Group.

With this book, the Felipe Segovia Foundation pays a well-deserved tribute to the founder of the SEK Education Group through a chronological compilation of unpublished texts, documents and testimonies that span the legacy of the 50-year career of an educator that was both unique and inimitable in the recent history of education in Spain.

  • Felipe Segovia: pensamiento y obra educativa is a essential work for understanding the educational values and ideals on which the SEK Group is built. The book explains the principles of independence, innovation, excellence and internationalism that are crystallised each and every day in SEK classrooms.

    The numerous outstanding characteristics of SEK Schools are deeply rooted in a long tradition of a groundbreaking educational thinking and in the creation of a cutting-edge and internationally recognised educational project.

    We are proud to be able to say that the whole SEK School Community is inspired by the personality and example of a man who set his educational ideal “alongside the stars” and who strived tirelessly to achieve it. This is both the SEK Group’s charter and pledge.

    His work contains the following:

    • Biography. The book presented personal information on Felipe Segovia’s life as well as the fields of activity he was involved in: he founded schools and trained teachers, set up international outreach programmes, promoted culture and the arts and set up educational initiatives. He was also awarded numerous acknowledgements and medals for his work and his publications.
    • Chapter I. I was born in the classroom. The early years. The different chapters outline the sociopolitical and educational context of his life’s work in parallel with the chronology of the SEK Group. He soon reminds us that:

    “I was born in the wrong place at the wrong time, but where I was born was ideal, in the classroom.”

    • Chapter II. A new horizon in education. The 1960s. The SEK ideology. Flexible groups of students. Modern school buildings for the future.
    • Chapter III. Freedom and education. The 1970s. “An alternative education”. Open school buildings. Founding of the SEK-El Castillo, SEK-San Ildefonso and SEK-Ciudalcampo schools. ACADE.
    • Chapter IV. International expansion. The 1980s. Projection of the SEK Group to Latin America: 1983-1988. SEK Schools in Europe: SEK-Dublin and SEK-Les Alpes.
    • Chapter V. The Intelligent Classroom. The 1990s. His educational philosophy. Quality education. New SEK Schools in Spain: Galicia, Catalonia, Andalusia.
    • Chapter VI. Camilo José Cela University. The 2000s Gold Medal for Work Merit.
    • Felipe Segovia, a humanist.
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