Manuela Martins

Why educative projects with Manuela Martins?

Secondary school teacher for over three decades, Manuela Martins holds a degree in Philosophy, a post-degree in Education by the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Lisbon (UL), and a Master degree in Philosophy of Action – Ethics, Politics and Religion, by the Faculty of Human Sciences of the Catholic University of Portugal.

Researcher at the Philosophy Centre of the University of Lisbon, Manuela Martins has been developing art education related projects through humanities. She is also an active member of the University Theatre group TUT (‘Teatro Universitário da UL’). Throughout her teaching career, she has held several positions of projects’ coordination related to teaching training, theatre and cinema, on areas of extracurricular development, and on the creation of teaching strategies, enhancing a multidisciplinary and multilevel approach of learning.

In 1992, based on this background, she promoted an education project through art with a group of students and teachers of the Secondary School of Restelo (‘Escola Secundária do Restelo’), that provided the school and educational community with a creative involvement. Integrated in a set of artistic activities, this allowed them to discover new vocations, competences and to create a stronger individual, social and environmental awareness.

Since then, she has always continued on project development work and coordinating teams, mostly rooted on school projects Education for Citizenship. After 2017, she has become coordinator of the Portuguese ‘National Cinema Plan’ at the Schools’ Group Leal da Câmara, Sintra.

Clearly aware of the value of scientific knowledge for the foundation of mentalities and the involvement of young people in actions that ensure sustainable development and respect for all forms of life on Planet Earth, Manuela Martins has become a key member for the Sharks Educational Institute mission’s fulfilment. Today, as our Specialist Adviser for Educative Projects, Manuela Martins believes it is essential to involve school communities on environmental preservation and conservation projects, oriented on a full understanding of the importance of life in the oceans.