No. 55 February 2008         Theme: Materials in Spanish from Equipo Maiz

THE POPULAR EDUCATION NEWS
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TABLE OF CONTENTS:
1.  POPULAR EDUCATION MATERIALS IN SPANISH FROM EQUIPO MAIZ
2.  NEW RESOURCES ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF PAULO FREIRE'S DEATH
3.  MANY FACES OF MEXICO CURRICULUM AVAILABLE
4.  ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
5.  IN MINNESOTA
6.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS
7.
  NEW MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM ACTIVITY PLANNED
8.
  WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
9.
  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
10. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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1.  POPULAR EDUCATION MATERIALS IN SPANISH FROM EQUIPO MAIZ


Link to Equipo Maiz website:  http://www.equipomaiz.org.sv/HisTodo.html


The Equipo Maize is a group of women and men who make popular pamphlets and books, and conduct educational days, workshops and actvities on different subjects. They seek to explain in simple form, subjects that affect the conditions of life of the great majorities. They offer methods to analyze the reality of the home, the group, the community, the country and the world, to understand that everything is related.  Their processes help people to form opinions so that every one decides what they want to do to change the reality of their home, group, community, country and of the world.
  The Equipo Maize began work in popular education from 1983 in El Salvador. They arose in the middle of the war, from parishes of the periphery of San Salvador, to collaborate in the necessity of understanding what was happening in these years. Through the years, they have maintained their two fundamental areas of work, training and publications that emphasize issues and techniques.
  The Equipo Maize works 5 subjects: Methodology of Popular Education, Sexuality and Gender, Economic Literacy, Management of risks (Understanding risks?), and Historical Memory. From these 5 subjects, the Equipment Maize has developed the following collections of materials:
 


Training Workshops have been developed in the five areas mentioned above.   These workshops may be consultations on an hour or two, a few hours in length, multiple days, or weekly sessions they refer to as schools.

The work is done in among groups in the popular sectors: marginal groups, cooperative women, young people, communities, educational groups, union, Base Communities, communal directors, etc.

The mode of work is to respond to a request of a community or an organized group in their place. The organization who asks for the services of the Equipo Maize summons the people which they will attend the event, elaborates the work schedule and looks for the premises where the training activity will be done.
 
Contact Information:  Equipo Maize 29 North Av., N 1117, Col. Buenos Aires 3 Tels.: 2225-3810, 2225-0488, 2225-0490 and 2235-1301? Fax: 2235-1300 Workshops: talleresmaiz@integra.com.sv  San Salvador, El Salvador, C.A.

 
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2.  NEW RESOURCES ON 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF PAULO FREIRE'S DEATH

The current issue of the good journal Adult Education and Development from dvv international in Germany features a number of fine essays on Paulo Freire and his influence.  The journal is available in a number of languages.  For information  info@dvv-international.de  or www.dvv-international.de







 

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3. MANY FACES OF MEXICO CURRICULUM AVAILABLE

Due to the closing of the Resource Center of the Americas some copies of this 376 page curriculum are available for the cost of postage.  Many Faces of Mexico includes nine designated Exploring the Connections lessons on topics linking Mexico, Canada and the US. These lessons encourage the connection of Mexican history with that of other countries and study political, economic and cultural systems as interrelated. It also encourages the consideration of personal connections with Mexico and the Mexican people.  The curriculum consists of five units and 24 lessons. Most of the lessons require more than one class session to complete. The reading level of the handouts varies from sixth to tenth grade skill, depends upon the content of the lesson.  Some parts of the materials would be appropriate in community and adult contexts as well as in schools. Send an email to this newsletter if you are interested in acquiring a copy.

 

 

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. ONLINE, DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES (A New Regular Feature of this Newsletter)
(Please send information about other links. -- the editor)

Collectivo Flatlander resources http://www.colectivoflatlander.org/Site/Resources.html

Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action (PILA) tools: From Personal to Political - Timeline Exercises,

                Building Relationships, and New Citizens Vote! Curriculum at http://www.pilaweb.org/content/view/25/58/

Southerners On New Ground (SONG) LGBT&Q resources: http://www.southernersonnewground.org/?cat=11

The School for Unity and Liberation (SOUL) training manuals and a variety of specific training

                activities at http://www.youthec.org/soul/soul_sec/resources/re-free_training.html.

The Change Agency in Australia one of the best sources for  popular education materials and links to

                good stuff:  http://www.thechangeagency.org

Books by Michael Newman - free access: (http://www.michaelnewman.info/)

Just Associates: short publications from our work that deal with popular education in different ways. :

                Forging A Global Movement: New Education Strategies for the United States and the World,

                Making Change Happen: Power, and Making Change Happen: Citizen Engagement and Global Economic Power http://www.justassociates.org

Training for Change - "Tools":  http://trainingforchange.org/content/section/4/39/

Great materials on health related subjects with a popular education point of view from Luis Kong

                in Santa Rosa CA:: http://www.hesperian.org/

Wonderful photos that can be used for popular education codes to help people share experience and find their voice

                in educational activities.  from Dorothy Wigmore in Winnipeg : www.earldotter.com

HIV/AIDS stigma popular education manual http://www.changeproject.org/technical/hivaids/stigma.html

The Ruckus Society resources http://www.ruckus.org/article.php?list=type&type=9

Trapese Popular Education Collective resources http://www.trapese.org/

Poped Toolkit various links http://poped.org//links/poped.html

Partners Training for Transformation http://www.trainingfortransformation.ie/

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5.  IN MINNESOTA

Popular Education Week,

Feb 4 5, 2008  Workshop in Wilmar, MN

Feb 7 9, 2008  Workshop in Minneapolis, MN

The two workshops will be led by two educators from Asociaci��quipo Maiz in El Salvador.  The week of popular education training will be for a maximum of 40 participants at each workshop with an emphasis on community organizers and community-base activists and educators.  The week will conclude with a celebration/Fiesta on Saturday, Feb 9.  For information about Asociaci��quipo Maiz in Spanish: http://www.equipomaiz.org.sv/HisTodo.html , in English: http://www.popednews.org/epuipo_web_page.htm

All the spaces in the workshop are full and registration is closed, but join us for a fiesta and report to the community on Saturday evening, Feb 9, 7:00 pm, Bethany Lutheran Church, 2511 E Franklin Ave, Mpls.

Popular Education Training Day

        23 FEB  1-5pm  Featuring Larry Olds, Cheryl Wilson, and others. Location TBA.

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6.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION BLOGS

chris cavanagh www.comeuppance.blogspot.com
 
(Please send others that you know.)

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7.  NEW MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM ACTIVITY PLANNED

MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MWSF) "Organizing Communities across Boundaries" An Organizing Teach-in sponsored by the Midwest Social Forum MARCH 28-30, 2008 at Wonderland Camp and Conference Center (http://www.wonderlandcamp.com/), Camp Lake, Wisconsin

This weekend-long organizing teach-in is designed to provide a follow- up to the United States and Midwest Social Forums for Midwest-based  grassroots organizations, activists, and students, and to contribute to the continued development of the social justice movement in the  Midwest. The teach-in focuses on the development of collaborative relationships and organizing skills, strategies, and tactics. More specifically, the event is tailored to strengthening regional social and issue area networks and their interconnections, and to providing valuable training in certain key aspects of organizing, focusing in particular on the challenges of building broad-based coalitions across race, gender, class, age, issue area, and other sources of division within the social justice movement. The teach-in will offer a number of high quality workshops and interactive activities designed to enable participants to identify both the interconnections between different communities and struggles as well as the causes of ongoing division among them, and to develop the organizing strategies, tactics, and skills needed to establish stronger social, strategic, and organizational links and thereby break out of the "silos" that have served to segment the social justice movement. 

More information on program, registration, and logistics available soon Go to www.mwsocialforum.org or contact info@mwsocialforum.org or 608-262-0854.

OTHER SOCIAL FORUMS AROUND THE WORLD

For info: http://www.forumsocialmundial.org.br/

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8. WHERE POPULAR EDUCATORS WILL GATHER
            
Feb 3-10, 2008 Minnesota Popular Education Week
(see above or details posted on www.popednews.org)

March 7-8, 2008 WE LEARN 5th Annual (Net)Working Conference on Women & Literacy, Fordham Univ. at Lincoln Center, NYC http://www.litwomen.org/news.html

March 17-21, 2008 Popular Education for Labor Educators with Tess Ewing and Anneta Argyres, Labor Resource Center at UMass Boston  This one week intensive course will expose students to the theories of adult learning and Freirean philosophy that underpin popular education, as well as explore with students different popular education approaches and toolsincluding the use of triggers, generative themes, and forum theatre. For information  www.cpcs.umb.edu/lrc

March 28-30, 2008 MIDWEST SOCIAL FORUM (MWSF) "Organizing Communities across Boundaries" An Organizing Teach-in sponsored by the Midwest Social Forum  at Wonderland Camp and Conference Center (http://www.wonderlandcamp.com/), Camp Lake, Wisconsin (more info above)

April 8-11, 2008 WORKER RIGHTS AS HUMAN RIGHTS: What Implications for Organized Labor and Labor Education? United Association for Labor Education (UALE), Minneapolis www.uale.org

April 11-13, 2008 2008 Labor Notes Conference: "Rebuilding Labor's Power" , Dearborn, MI  http://www.labornotes.org/conference

May 4-7, 2008 Community-University Partnerships: Connecting for Change, Office of Community Based Research, University of Victoria, Victoria BC.  An exposition to celebrate existing and explore new community-university research partnerships. Community- based research is an exciting movement of learning and growing for all involved. Through these partnerships, community members and academics build research skills and gain increased confidence, increase democratic participation, and influence change in the lives of all living in the region.  For more information, please visit www.cuexpo08.ca.

May 22-25, 2008, The 14th Annual Pedagogy & Theatre of the Oppressed International Conference: What is change? What is substantial change? And how? University of Nebraska at Omaha, http://www.ptoweb.org/conference.html

May 28-30, 2008, Grassroots & Groundwork: Sharing What Works to Reduce Poverty and Grow Community Prosperity, Northwest Area Foundation, Bloomington, MN www.grassrootsandgroundwork.org

June 6-8, 2008 Highlander Social Change Workshop New Market, Tennessee For information: http://www.highlandercenter.org/n-sc-workshop2008.asp 

October 16-18, 2008, Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy, The Transformative Learning Centre, Toronto, Canada. http://tlc.oise.utoronto.ca/


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9.  LINKS TO POPULAR EDUCATION WEB SITES AND ONLINE BOOKSTORES
(*those with online bookstores)
*Catalyst Centre (
www.catalystcentre.ca/index.htm )
*Highlander Center (
www.highlandercenter.org )
*Resource Center of the Americas (
www.americas.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 Links Directory
http://poped.org
WE LEARN: Women Expanding-Literacy Education Action Resource Network (
http:// www.litwomen.org/news.html)
Centre for Popular Education Archives (
http://www.cpe.uts.edu.au/ )
The Change Agency (
www.thechangeagency.org/index.htm)
Kotare Trust (
www.kotare.org.nz)
Training for Change
www.TrainingforChange.org
TRAPESE: Take Radical Action Through Popular Education and Sustainable Everything
http://www.trapese.org/
North American Alliance for Popular and Adult Education (NAAPAE) Archives http://www.popednews.org/naapae_archives.htm

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10. QUOTE OF THE MONTH

It is not what you gather but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.
From http://www.oneliners-and-proverbs.com/

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