Listening into Popular Education: a small audio archive of the Popular Education Network (PEN) 2018
Top: Viviana Cruz Mcdougall, Mary Akutey, Ian Martin, Lindelwa Nxu; Bottom: Kofi Larweh, Jon Langdon, Erica Ofoe, Mary Akutey, Anna James
This feature offers some audio recordings from people attending the Popular Education Network (PEN) conference in 2018 (see report on full event here). These sound bites share the ideas and quandries faced by people as they grapple with engaging power in popular education around the world in 2018.
In the first section below, Ian Martin raises two key questions, that reflect on the PEN and popular education today. It also exhibits responses to questions from PEN participants. The ensuing sound bites surface some important issues to which popular educators must respond in today’s world.
Three interviews follow, with popular educators discussing, first, key principles of popular education (South Africa), second, thoughts on power (Puerto Rico), and third, stories of community radio and community resistance (Ghana).
Collectively these audio clips raise some of the concerns that people at PEN are holding in their work as popular educators in the current moment.
PEN reflection session
Ian Martin, self identified as the ‘elder parent of PEN’, introduces the network and sounds a call for reflection: