Popular education is a tool for engaging this aim and supporting community-based organizing. Colectivo Flatlander defines popular education as education for social change.
It begins with the person’s concrete experiences and, through a democratic process of reflection, dialogue and co-creation; it builds understanding of the connection of that experience to larger social problems, leading to a collective framework for action. More information: http://www.colectivoflatlander.org/en.
The Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire emphasized that radical education should not be didactic, but rather “create the possibility for the production or construction of knowledge;” that teaching and student learning should be reciprocal and participatory; and that a more democratic learning environment has a liberatory potential.
We embrace this wisdom as we develop a storytelling and training program that is adaptable to local communities and cultures and that is rooted in the values of liberatory popular education, leadership development, and community power.
LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES
Catalyst Centre -www.catalystcentre.ca/index.htm
Highlander Center - www.highlandercenter.org
Growing Communities for Peace - www.humanrightsandpeacestore.org
IPEA - www.peopleseducation.org
Project South - www.projectsouth.org
Center for Popular Education and Participatory Research - www.cpepr.info
Pop Ed Toolkit - http://www.poped.org
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network - http://www.litwomen.org/news.html
The Change Agency - www.thechangeagency.org/index.htm
SONG, Southerners On New Ground http://www.southernersonnewground.org
SOUL, the School of Unity and Liberation - http://www.youthec.org/soul
Training for Change - www.TrainingforChange.org
TRAPESE: Take Radical Action Through Popular Education and Sustainable Everything http://www.trapese.org