By chance, I feel upon a popular education festival ”La cueillette des savoirs” at Le Recif in Trois Pistol. Watch this video to learn more about Le Recif by clicking here.

What is popular education?

”It’s different from formal education (in schools, for example) and informal education (learning by living) in that it is a process which aims to empower people who feel marginalized socially and politically to take control of their own learning and to effect social change. Popular education is a collective effort in which a high degree of participation is expected from everybody. Teachers and learners aren’t two distinct groups; rather, everyone teaches and everyone learns!” The popular education news, November 2015.

The popular education festival brought many people to Trois Pistol this July. Each week of the month was dedicated to one of these four themes: food autonomy, alternative education, environmental issues and benefits of art. Sadly I missed the discussions on alternative education, but I got a glimpse of two workshops on environmental issues:

INDEPENDENT JOURNALISM

Independent journalism tries to show what popular media omits to show, they try to show you the bigger picture. Ensemble is one amongst many newspapers in Quebec that take an independent journalism angle. In this workshop, we talked a lot about subjectivity and how it is important to mention the angle you are coming from. No matter how hard you try to make an article objective, the simple fact that you have chosen this particular subject and moment in time is influenced by writer. If the writer mentions their background, then it let’s the reader make a better evaluation of the information.

PROTECTING THE LAND TOGETHER (ABORIGINAL AND NON-ABORIGINAL)

The Mamo collective, which is made up of aboriginals and non-aboriginals, shared some touching stories. The battle is not an easy one but together we can work towards better solutions.

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