The Continuing Relevance of Paulo Freire: Education as a Project for Freedom

On Thursday September 30, 2021 some sixty persons from a number of countries participated in a Webinar in honour of the 100th birthday of Paulo Freire. The Webinar was hosted by the Jamaican Council for Adult Education (JACAE) under the theme, The Continuing Relevance of Paulo Freire: Education as a Project of Freedom.  The main focus of the event was to highlight some salient perspectives of Paulo Friere’s work and to examine the value of his teachings in addressing some of today’s 21st century problems.

The theme was interrogated by five presentations. Prof. Timothy Ireland, Latin American Vice President of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) provided a brief but fulsome overview of the life and work of Paulo Freire and established the platform for the other presentations which followed. Drawing on Freire’s theme of liberation Dr. Tafari Ama of the Institute for Gender and Developmental Studies at the University of the West Indies spoke on the subject of Decolonizing the Mind. Dr. Peta-Anne Baker addressed the issue of Community Education as a Means of Liberation. Dr. Nicholeen DeGrasse- Johnson former Principal of the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts treated the audience to an active session which focused on Using the Arts in the Struggle for Liberation with an emphasis on the role of dance.

Prof. Shermaine Barrett, President of the Jamaican Council for Adult Education and Caribbean Vice President of the International Council for Adult Education examined the topic of Dialogic Approaches as Critical to Liberatory Education. It was an evening rich in information that stimulated much discussion. (Shermaine Barrett, ICAE Vice-President Carribean Region)

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