Freire and Lorde in Conflict-Affected Contexts


Today, education is progressively perceived as key to creating peace and harmony by transforming conflict into peace and accommodating differences. It features the significance of stopping violence and challenging the main drivers of violence while dealing with the structures and institutions that reproduce power and inequalities. Hence, there has been an increasing need in recent times for critical peace education. Freiran concept of consciousness goes to control, authority, local/contextual meaning of themes, empowering voice, and agency integral to peaceful coexistence. Globalization has increased the importance of critical pedagogies across various disciplines: youth education, gender, terrorism, and wellbeing.

While doing Lorde's reading for class today, I was thinking about applying it to the general themes that Friere discusses in his writings. Lorde points out that different institutions are made to function a certain way, benefiting certain factions. Educators might not be able or reluctant to utilize their position for freedom, instead control those over which they (possibly) have power. It is likely that if they introduce changes, they promote their agendas under the pretext of empowering the marginalized. (further, enabling the reproduction of inequalities.) . Therefore, to understand the power structures that our society operates under, we must first question those things, themes, structures that we assume are "right" and "wrong." We need to be able to diagnose and unpack the meanings and purpose of different tools to ascertain the outcomes. However, this is a systemic change, and it requires transformative programming of the education system from the banking style to critical pedagogies.


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