Background

History of Popular Education

Popular education is a methodology that raises the consciousness of the oppressed in order to inspire them to act. We understand that education as a strategy for the elimination of poverty is impossible on an individual level. Only through building collective strength based on relationships of trust, analytic discussion and organizing can the poor change a system that is built on unequal distribution of wealth and opportunity.

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As we pass on our experience, we also realize that popular educators must adapt and evolve their strategies. We live in a different world than when we began utilizing these methodologies in the 60s through the 90s. We have faith that humble people, given support with the right educational methodology, can find the solutions to the social problems that affect them. And we still believe that defending the civil and human rights of the most vulnerable, raises standards for us all.