(en) The Tools For Change Workshop Series... Popular Education

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Dear community activists, Below is an announcement for an event that I think you might be interested in. The Tools For Change workshop series is an ongoing series of workshops revolving around activism and community organizing. I hope you find our upcoming workshop of interest, and please pass on the news to any friends that you feel would benefit to.

twards freedom, Michael

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T o o l s F o r C h a n g e -- Activist Workshop Series presents:

" P o p u l a r E d u c a t i o n T e c h n i q u e s "

-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~ "For the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. They may temporarily allow us to beat him down at his own game, but they will never enable us to bring about genuine change." - Audre Lorde

The Tools For Change Workshop Series is a series of low-cost, skillbuilding workshops designed to equip people with practical skills in activism, so that we can be more effective in bringing about social and environmental justice and change. -~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~-~

Saturday, Febuary 15 (10 am - 5 pm)

Popular education or "education for critical consciousness" is an alternative approach to education. Building on the experience of participants, popular education aims to actively involve and empower those who are part of the process in order to promote social change. The first part of the workshop will focus on the concept of popular education (see expanded) and popular animation techniques. The afternoon will be dedicated to exporing popular theater (Theater of the Oppressed - see expanded).

P o p u l a r E d u c a t i o n E x p a n d e d :

"Popular education is a source of empowerment for people, it enables them to analyze their situation and devise possible solutions at the same time. As a result, the students begin to address their problems and to formulate actions which can change their situation.

"The educational system has traditionally failed the majority of the poor as it teaches values often foreign to them brought over during colonial times. Popular education is education designed to help people, particularly those who have not traditionally have access to education or lack political power, to develop the skills needed to organize and take control over their own lives.

"Popular education is a method that can prove useful to youth groups and other organizations. It is a way of learning from one's own experience and analysis, rather than having an " expert teach". Some characteristics of Popular Education are:

-It is a collective process: everyone teaches; everyone learns. -It is based on respect for those who are learning -The learning begins with the experience of the learner. -People are actively involved in the learning process -Leads to action for change. -Stresses the creation and importance of new knowledge. -Allows people to gain experience and to organize themselves. -Links personal, local experiences to historical and global processes.

"Popular Education can be a valuable tool for groups and communities working towards sustainability!"*

*Youth Sourcebook on Sustainable Development. Winnipeg: IISD, 1995. http://iisd1.iisd.ca/youth/ysbk110.htm.

T h e a t e r o f t h e O p p r e s s e d E x p a n d e d :

"The Theater of the Oppressed, established in the early 1970s by Brazilian director and Workers' Party (PT) activist Augusto Boal, is a form of popular theater, of, by, and for people engaged in the struggle for liberation. More specifically, it is a rehearsal theater designed for people who want to learn ways of fighting back against oppression in their daily lives. In the Theater of the Oppressed, oppression is defined as a power dynamic based on monologue rather than dialogue; a relation of domination and command that prohibits the oppressed from being who they are and from exercising their basic human rights. Accordingly, the Theater of the Oppressed is a participatory theater that fosters democratic and cooperative forms of interaction among participants. Theater is emphasized not as a spectacle but rather as a language designed to: 1) analyze and discuss problems of oppression and power; and 2) explore group solutions to these problems. This language is accessible to all.

"Bridging the separation between actor (the one who acts) and spectator (the one who observes but is not permitted to intervene in the theatrical situation), the Theater of the Oppressed is practiced by "spect-actors" who have the opportunity to both act and observe, and who engage in self-empowering processes of dialogue that help foster critical thinking. The theatrical act is thus experienced as conscious intervention, as a rehearsal for social action rooted in a collective analysis of shared problems of oppression. This particular type of interactive theater is rooted in the pedagogical and political principles specific to the popular education method developed by Brazilian educator Paulo Freire: 1) to see the situation lived by the participants; 2) to analyze the root causes of the situation; and 3) to act to change the situation following the precepts of social justice."*

*Spunk Press http://www.cwi.nl/cwi/people/Jack.Jansen/spunk/Spunk_Home.html

For more information and to register, please contact QPIRG-Concordia 2130 Mackay, Room 101 Montreal, Quebec tel.: (514) 848-7585

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