12 Global Education Spaces for Social Change (PART 2)

If you haven’t already, check out my first post on education spaces for social change.

Ready for more? Here are your next six education spaces for social change starting with a classic eco-village.

 Findhorn (Scotland)

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Located on the northern tip of Scotland, Findhorn is primarily an eco-village where people live year-round. They host a variety of workshops, ranging from permaculture, sustainable living,  biomimicry, facilitation.  Much of their programming focuses on elements of spiritually and personal development.

Part of Findhorn Eco-Village http://www.findhorn.org/

Biomimicry workshop (http://ben.biomimicry.net)

http://caledonianmercury.com

United Nation’s University for Peace/ Earth Charter Initiative (Costa Rica)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7d/UPEACE-campus.jpg

The mission of UPEACE is to “to provide humanity with an international institution of higher education for peace”. Big ambitions! Check out some of their Masters-level programs.

It also hosts the Earth Charter Initiative, one of the leading centres and networks for education for sustainable development. It trains youth from around the world to learn about environmental education, leadership and the Earth Charter itself.

2013 UN University for Peace Model UN Conference. http://pacenycmundotorg.files.wordpress.com

 

Barefoot College (India)

http://www.bestclimatepractices.org/

Grandmothers teaching grandmothers to be solar power engineers! That’s Barefoot College.

Since 1972, they’ve trained women from from villages of India and Eastern Africa to be “midwives, handpump mechanics, solar engineers, artisans, weavers, balsevika (crèche teachers), parabolic solar cooker engineers, FM radio operators and fabricators, dentist, masons, and day and night school teachers”. 

If that doesn’t impress you, (and, seriously, how could that not impress you???), consider that most of the learning happens cooperatively at their campus without formal textbooks, and even without a common language.

http://www.beamicrohero.com/

Similar to the other education spaces mentioned, Barefoot College considers itself “a centre of learning and unlearning, where the teacher is the learner and the learner a teacher; where no certificates, degrees or diplomas are given“.

http://blog.juliehall.net

Community Development Resource Centre (South Africa)

Community Development Resource Centre (CDRA) office in Cape Town https://www.facebook.com/communitydevelopmentresourceassociation

Community Development Resource Centre (CDRA) office in Cape Town https://www.facebook.com/communitydevelopmentresourceassociation

The Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) has been offering organizational and community development workshops in Cape Town, South Africa since 1987.

Kayum Ahmed, CEO of the South African Human Rights Commission facilitates a session on Human Rights Education and How to Bridge the Values Gap — at Community Development Resource Association (CDRA). https://www.facebook.com/communitydevelopmentresourceassociation/

Kayum Ahmed, CEO of the South African Human Rights Commission facilitates a session on Human Rights Education and How to Bridge the Values Gap — at Community Development Resource Association (CDRA). https://www.facebook.com/communitydevelopmentresourceassociation/

CDRA is often called upon by international development agencies to consult and they also host regular workshops and seminars on community development, advanced facilitation and organization development.

I visited CDRA in 2006 and was impressed by their facilitation style, commitment to participation and their cozy house. There, in their community development library (yes, they even have a librarian), I discovered John Dewey’s philosophy on experiential learning. Doug Reeler (featured below) told me that Dewey’s book might change my life. Note to Doug: You were right!

Rochdale College (Toronto)

Rochdale College Building http://www.alexmorrison.org/

Although it no longer exists, Rochdale College is worth a quick mention. For a few years in the late 1960s, the University of Toronto opened a radical cooperative learning school.

http://www.ohio.edu/

The fact that Canada’s major University built an massive complex for students to live and learn cooperatively is a feat that should remind us of the potential for future learning spaces.

Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (India)

UNESCO MGIEP Distinguished Lecture, presented by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova in New Delhi

UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) is the latest education space for social change.

MGIEP hopes to become a research and education space for sustainable development, peace and global citizenship. They plan to embed these concepts in teaching curriculums, strengthen governmental educational policies, host youth programs, and develop innovative tools and methodologies for educators. Check out their upcoming work with game developers.

The new UNESCO MGIEP team http://mgiep.unesco.org/blog/lecture-irina-bokova-director-general-unesco/

Training & Consultation

  • Developed curriculum to train 35 local community organizers in the methods of Jane’s Walk, a global platform for free locally led walking tours
  • Designed and facilitated courses and workshops for more than 400 front line staff, managers, and peer workers in Toronto’s community services sector
  • Co-facilitated and coordinated a 12-week Participant Engagement course developed for Drop-in workers alongside City of Toronto award-winning advocate Anna Willats, with the goal of increasing the capacity of homeless services agencies as community spaces for engagement and advocacy.
  • Instructed and facilitated a curriculum based on exploring issues surrounding poverty, social inequities, social action and leadership for selected youth aged 14-18 from across the USA in Chicago and New York City with Civic Education Project
  • Coordinated Community Development and Volunteer Support workshops for more than 60 international volunteers from 11 countries with Sport Coaches Outreach (SCORE) for two years in South Africa and Zambia.
  • Designed, developed and presented training courses focused on youth leadership, sport management and HIV/AIDS education for more than 150 youth and school teachers in 4 Zambian Provinces with Score Zambia and the Zambian Interfaith Network Group on HIV/AIDS
  • My full resume of my skills and experience is available here. 

Workshop Expertise

  • Participant Engagement
  • Public Pedagogy
  • Community Engagement
  • Introduction to Facilitation Methods
  • Participatory Workshop Design
  • Sport for Development
  • Teambuilding and Energizers for Groups
  • HIV/AIDS education through Sport & Play
  • Information and Referral for Homeless Services
  • Civic Education for Youth
  • International Volunteer Orientation/ Mid Term Retreats/ End of Service

Community Partners and Employers

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