Event highlights: KIX EAP Webinar on Education as Development

14 April 2022
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Credit: KIX EAP

The 12th KIX EAP Webinar took place on 30 March 2022. The webinar explored the links between Education and Development through the lens of Paulo Freire and celebrated the centenary of the Brazilian educator. More than 170 participants from over 50 countries attended the event. The webinar was conducted in English with Arabic and Russian translations.

The webinar featured four presentations. Tristan McCowan, Professor of International Education at University College London Institute of Education, reflected on Freire’s fundamental ideas and their vital role in addressing the challenges of sustainable development and climate action.

Rasha Sharaf, Professor of International and Comparative Education at Helwan University in Egypt and KIX EAP Knowledge Lead, focused on the core messages from Freire’s book “Teachers as Cultural Workers” and their implications for teacher education programs in the Arab region.

Sajid Ali, Amir Sultan Chinoy Associate Professor, Aga Khan University – Institute for Educational Development, shared his critical thoughts about education and development in Pakistan. He connected the key thoughts from Freire’s “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” and the current fault lines triggering social inequities.

Alexandre Dormeier Freire, Senior Lecturer at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, examined some of the different dimensions of Paulo Freire’s work in his praxis in Palestine and Viet Nam by focusing on Freire’s analysis of education and social change.

A lively Q&A session followed each presentation. The questions from the audience covered Freire’s view on the role of teachers, out-of-school children, the role of media, and others. There was also space for impactful messages from participants from Ukraine. They linked Freire’s work to today’s context, contributing to the discussion on the role of education in freedom and overcoming all forms of oppression.

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