The use of education, learning, and training as a strategy to build movements and fight oppression has a long history, especially in agrarian social movements. Sometimes referred to as ‘popular education’, such approaches contrast with top-down approaches in that they seek to empower learners and not simply fill them with information. How is learning used as a social movement strategy.
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Links and other resources
- Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1968), which has informed generations of popular education efforts: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pedagogy_of_the_Oppressed
- TESA tool box of popular education techniques: http://www.toolboxfored.org/category/popular-education-methods
- EHNE-Bizkaia website http://www.ehnebizkaia.eus/conocenos
- Video summarising the first edition of ‘From the Farm to the World’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YRhD04oYKI
- Farm Hack USA: http://farmhack.org
- L’Atelier Paysanne – is a related model for developing appropriate on-farm technologies using an open source approach. http://www.latelierpaysan.org/