62 June-July 2009
JULY POPULAR EDUCATION COURSE AT OISE IN TORONTO
2. RHIZOME FREIREAN ONLINE REVIEW
3. MATERIALS FOR THE MINI-BOX LIBRARY
4. ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES (see new items below)
5. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
6. LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE
7. PROVERB OF THE MONTH
8. IN MINNESOTA
JULY POPULAR EDUCATION COURSE AT OISE IN TORONTO
The July26 – 29 class Popular Education: Learning to Organize for
designed to build your understanding and experience in processes to
in social justice education and activist organizing. No
necessary, but experience is welcome
. Facilitator Christine McKenzie is a
popular educator who has developed and facilitated anti-oppression
processes with diverse groups in Canada and Central America over the
years. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2. RHIZOME FREIREAN ONLINE REVIEW
MATERIALS FOR THE MINI-BOX LIBRARY
Forwarded from the Popular Education Network
in Europe is
the information that the Rhizome Freirean On line Review is available
The following materials are being assembled for the Mini-box Library, a
project of this newsletter to put more resources into the hands of
activists, organizers and community-based educators in the Minnesota
area. We would welcome comments on the materials and suggestions
additional items that might be included. Please let us know any
you might consider "best popular education materials," either in
general or dealing with specific issues. All the materials have
reviewed in prior issues of this newsletter. See www.popednews.org and use the search
function on the home page for more information about them.
Our Victories Popular Education and Community Organizing by Denise Nadeau. Repeal the Deal
guide and companion video are designed to help groups - union
locals, women’s groups, and non-governmental organizations of all kinds
popular education to broaden organizing. The theme is using popular
for organizing in the context of the social and economic restructuring
of the last
The main idea remains to create a
training kit that
can help grassroots groups build their organizations, strengthen their
organizing initiatives and continue to work in coalitions with other
The approach taken to popular education owes much to the years of
theoretical development of popular education in Central America and
well much of the inspiration for the video and guide comes from the
women organizers from unions, women’s organizations, anti-racist
cultural organizations in Canada.
for a Change by Rick
Burke, Carl James, D'Arcy Martin, and Barb Thomas Toronto Between the
This is a
book for all educators - and anyone else interested in how
education works - who agree that the time for fuzzy platitudes and
practices is over. If you are working for systems change, you'll find
and new confidence for challenging the status quo in this book – plus,
for transforming power relations and applying the principles of
practice to change efforts as well as daily work.
Running through the book are two
important threads: 1)
education must empower all people to act for change, 2) education must
on democratic practice; creating the conditions for full and equal
participation in discussion, debate and decision making.
The book is a facilitator’s and
organizer’s manual for
improving educational work. It not only is filled with examples of
participatory, democratic activities that could be in the repertoire of
educators and activists, but those activities are embedded in a
theoretical framework reflecting the years of popular education work by
authors who at the time of the book’s writing were identified with the
Marshall Institute in Toronto, Ontario. It is the premier source of a
explanation of the spiral model of popular education.
Moment Political Analysis for Action - A Manual for Community Groups by Deborah Barndt with Carlos Freire,
The Moment Project, Jesuit Centre for Social Faith, Toronto 1989.
concerns itself with two questions: "This moment: it
is unlike any other moment in time. How can we understand what it
that we can make the best use of it? How have people used moments in
to push toward greater social justice?"
Through the "moment" approach, it
ideas, experiences and concepts that can help groups working for social
It firstly introduces and defines the idea of political analysis for
naming the moment. Second, it supplies a review of the history of the
and situates the practice in current social movements and structures in
Third, it describes in detail the method of naming the moment and
its four phases ( identifying ourselves and our interests, naming the
issues/struggles, assessing the forces, planning for action) together
examples. Fourth, the manual discusses the two applications of the
focused on local environmental issues, the other analyzing the free
battle. It suggests different ways to
integrate the process of naming the moment process, or political
action, into the daily life of organizations. Finally, it emphasizes
of linking analyses across issues and across sectors.
of Transformation Environmental, Adult and Popular Education, Second
Edition by Darlene E.
Clover, Shirley Follen, and Budd Hall,
RESOURCES (Please send information about other links.
-- the editor)
workbook/manual, valuable for all educators, draws on the
experiences from a wide range of workshops across Canada, in the United
and abroad. It outlines social learning theories and ways in which
environmental issues can be woven into the practice of adult education
formal or nonformal. The chapters provide a brief examination of some
theories of adult, popular, feminist, environmental, and environmental
and popular education; ideas for organizing workshops within an
context and sample agendas; activities that stimulate critical and
thinking, use nature and the community as teachers and sites of
environmental and social issues, and examine local and global issues;
from the Philippines, Fiji, Australia and Hong Kong and a list of other
resources to support educational work.
This book links together a social
vision, an analysis
of power, the importance of passion and emotions and the principles of
learning to give guidance in designing workshops that are truly
Many of the practical activities and exercises can be put to use
existing classes and workshops, or woven into newly designed education
the Oppressed by Paulo Freire, The Seabury Press,
1973 (A brief study guide prepared by
of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota is included.)
years ago Paulo Freire articulated a powerful message of
opposition to such discourses of seemingly irreversible oppression.
reminded the world of the potential of human agency in the process of
change. This is his most celebrated book. In
he espouses a discourse of liberation based on a
belief in the
possibility of personal and political transformation. Freire
that a structure, system, or institution of oppression must not be
"a closed world from which there is no exit, but as a limiting
which the oppressed can transform". In essence, Freire declares that
critical consciousness of reality is imperative to human action and
transformation. Freire's message of critical awareness, based on a
of the dialectical relationship between
the world and human consciousness, has placed Pedagogy of
the Oppressed in the canon of radical educational
Action: A Popular Theatre Popular Education Manual by Jennifer Anderson, Jennifer Michol,
Silverberg. Waterloo Public Interest Research Group (WPIRG), 1994.
was written by the Enviromaniacs, a popular theatre group
at the University of Waterloo, in an effort to share knowledge and
gained by the group in their many years of popular theatre work. It
overview of ideas, materials, and resources dealing with popular
popular education, and connects and links the theory to concrete
which comprise the majority of this book.
But the focus here is on concrete exercises
who want to jump into the popular theatre process. It includes
exercises, analytical exercises, reflection and evaluation exercises,
as ideas for doing street theatre and pop theatre workshops.
With Women's Lives Changing Today's Economy -
A Facilitators Guide to a Visual Workshop Methodology, 2nd Edition by Suzanne Doerge
and Bev Burke. Women's Inter-Church
Council of Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress. 2000.
is a hands-on manual for women who wish to critically analyze the
gender and the economy and work for social justice and equality. The
noticed a "shortage of tools to draw upon for doing a gender analysis
the economy, particularly tools which can draw on women's experience
actively involve them in the analysis." This manual is meant to provide
such a tool. The handbook can be used by any
group of women to analyze
the effects of economic changes on women, to develop an understanding
connections between women's daily experiences and national and
trends, and to become involved and active in campaigns for women's
social justice. The handbook presents its information as methodology,
to be learned and experienced through workshop(s).
The method is called 'the wall,'
which gives a visual
of gender analysis and the economy. The wall itself is used as a
the economy because "our economy is made up of inter-related parts that
build upon one another." Thus, this methodology looks at how the stones
the wall are changing and how women can actively rebuild the wall.
New in this issue:
Case studies and analysis of popular education in
Case studies and analysis of popular education in classrooms
5. WHERE POPULAR
EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
26-29, 2009 Educating
the people, the history of popular education Utrecht
. 6. FOR LINKS TO
POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES click
A Google search for "popular education" produces an
interesting list that is more focused than it has been in the
Also the wikipedia entry
for popular education is interesting and in the opinion of this
newsletter, needs some revising and additions. Finally, the
International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) has important global
links to the work.
OF THE MONTH
An elder's handbag is never
completely empty - Acholi Proverb.
8. IN MINNESOTA
Apply for a
Popular Education Mini-box Library
Applications are now being accepted from
organizers and community-based educators in the Minnesota area for a
Education Mini-box Library. The boxes
are designed to be given to individual activists, community-based
and organizers who are interested in improving their education work in
movements against oppression and violence, and for democracy,
justice, and peace. The contents of an individual box may be
response to the individual recipient’s interests, but all boxes will
some of the classic popular education manual. Some
materials are available in Spanish.
To apply submit a letter of application of
not more than 600
words addressing the following:
- What do you do and why?
- What is your history with and
interest in popular education?
- What projects and/or activities
do you hope to be undertaking in the next 12 months that could be
influenced by the materials in the box?
To receive a box you must agree to attend
sessions. The first will be when the
boxes are distributed and will focus on the contents of the box. The second will be a report back and sharing
on your use of the materials.
The application deadline is August 14, 2009
Send your letter of application to email@example.com.
25, 2009 4 to 6 pm Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioner's
Forum, Corocoran Park Community Center, Minneapolis. For
A Popular Education Mini-Conference (tentative
date September 11, 2009): Using the Arts as Tools for Social Analysis
and Action in Popular Education And Organizing
Mini-conference will bring together people from the organizations who
were the recipients of Popular Education Library in a Box and other
activists, organizers and community-based educators for a full half-day
of popular education education and training. Mark the date.
will follow as plans unfold.