Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Education for Liberation: Introduction to the Friere Method

Education for Liberation at the Brecht Forum
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sliding Scale of $65-$85/day

Carmelina Cartei, Kate Cavanagh,Sally Hyppolite,Esperanza Martell & Julie Novas

This is an introductory hands-on workshop in the use of popular education techniques based on the complementary approaches to Education for Liberation developed by two Brasilian cultural activists: philosopher Paulo Freire, author of "Pedagogy of the Oppressed," and theater director Augusto Boal, Workers Party (PT) activist and founder of the Theater of the Oppressed.

In this introduction to the theory of the pedagogy of the oppressed and its practical application, participants will learn through practice the three basic steps of the Freire methodology:1) to express and see reality as it is experienced by the participants; 2) to understand this reality by analyzing it and exploring the root causes of problems; and 3) to act in order to change this reality.

Framed as a power analysis for decolonizing the mind and empowering oppressed communities in struggle, the workshop is designed for community organizers as well as educators and labor, political and solidarity activists in view of helping them actively plan and implement effective strategies for social action in their groups and communities.

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