Re-imagining Education with Bayo Akomolafe and Manish Jain
As their legacies, operations and assumptions become more available for scrutiny, traditional schools are becoming less meaningful and more problematic. The idea that children are meant to be enclosed in buildings, removed from their immediate contexts, policed and pressurized to rise to imposed standards, branded and certified, and then released into a world that awaits them, is disconcerting – to put it mildly.
In short, we need to listen to our children again – and, in the same gesture, find our way home. We have new response-abilities: to co-produce learning sites where our children can be free to do their work with the world, and to invite new ways of un/learning together that privileges play, community, ‘slow’ rituals, and earth-honouring practices.
But what does that look like? What about conventional education seems problematic? What haunts schooling in India and in most so-called ‘third world’ nations? Can the education system be reformed or does it have to be dismantled? How are we being enabled to counteract the colonial legacies of schooling, and what forms do these ethical responses assume in the specifics of our localities?
What kind of radical educational practices and experiments are happening and possible now? What are the possibilities and shadows we need to explore in ‘unschooling’ practices? How can you start re-imagining education in your community? And much, much more.
In this workshop, Manish Jain and Bayo Akomolafe host conversations, lectures and exercises around reimagining education, experimenting with possibilities for alternatives, and learning to meet our children – whose magic and work we desperately need today.
Suggested contribution: Rs. 7000
Venue: Swaraj University, Tapovan Ashram, Udaipur, Rajasthan
Dates: May 15 – 19, 2018
To know more about the workshop and register online, click here.