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Popular Education for Movement Building: A Project South Resource Guide, Volume II


Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide


Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide







Project South, 9 Gammon Ave., Atlanta, GA 30315, Phone: 404-622-0602 Fax: 404-622-6618





Project South is a broad-based, community-driven membership organization that develops popular political and economic education and action research for organizing and liberation. We develop indigenous popular educators and movement leaders from grassroots and scholar-activist backgrounds, bringing them together on the basis of equality to engage in building a bottom-up movement for social and economic justice. Popular Education for Movement Building: A Project South Resource Guide, Volume II is a popular education tool. It is a gathering of resources, experiences, ideas, lessons learned and visions that can aid in movement-building work. In its pages you will find suggestions for leading workshops, resource materials that will lead you to more tools and information, as well as descriptions of several popular education tools. The popular education tools put forth in this workbook are strategies to utilize in all aspects of our life - in community meetings, leadership development trainings, organizing campaigns or our own daily interactions with people. In all of these settings we are popular educators; we are in a constant process of learning, sharing, evaluating and reflecting on our experiences. Each of the tools presented in this book can be adapted to fit your audience, your issues and your style. For example the book describes five different types of skits. Each one deals with a different issue, ranging from police brutality to school-based racism. A skit is simply a dramatization of a situation or problem. As a workshop facilitator, you can make up a new situation all together, change the characters or add an audience participation component to any of the skits you see described in this book. The "Families and job Loss" tool (pgs. 34-35) is described as a reenactment of a situation that many manufacturing workers have found themselves in - unemployment and financial hardship. Rather than acting out the conclusion (an organizing campaign), you could stop the skit and ask audience members to take the place of some of the characters and act out the situation as they would in real life. This would give people a chance to practice their responses or plan community interventions, in case this situation arises. The first section of the book is Project South's Tools for Movement Building. After Guidelines for Group Discussions and Guidelines for Creating A Community of Learners the section describes a tool box of eight activities created by the participants at Project South's Popular Education Institute. The next section is Project South's own toolbox. It includes How to Use the Myth-buster Quiz, How to Use the Timeline, and How to Use the Critical Questions followed by four separate tool boxes: The Fight for Quality Education Tool Box, Work and Wages Tool Box, and the Movement Building Tool Box. The last includes a bibliography of Movement Building Resources, a list of documentary videos, a list of Project South's own publications and workshops, and More Popular Education Organizations. The authors of the book advise: "Remember, use the tools in this book as a beginning - then change and shape them into an educational process that works for you. Popular education is only effective if it helps move people to deeper understanding and action for social change."




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