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Gyakorlat a kritikai pedagógiára

Approaches on critical pedagogy
(Critical Pedagogy, Democratic Education, and Self-Organization Workshop, Part 1)

30 May, 18.00, tranzit.ro/cluj

The goal of our workshop is to explore the essential connection between social criticism and pedagogical practices while interpreting works of art, relying on the participation of students studying pedagogy, teachers, practitioners, and anyone interested in the methods of critical pedagogy. While interpreting two texts, a graphic art project aimed at children and a short movie, we will be formulating our reading on the basis of critical pedagogy and use these principles to develop pedagogical methods.

Workshop Leaders: Gegő Virág, Jakab Villő Hanga (Save As, Cluj-Napoca)

String of workshops + panel on critical pedagogy
(30th May, 20th June)

Part 2 of the discussion series Beyond representation? – Social marginality, arts and movements
Coordinated by: Bíró Noémi and Gegő Virág

The relationship between education and representation is one of the key points of criticism seeking to understand pedagogy in its social relations system — whether it is part of an everyday indignation about the „failure of democracy” or of a professional discourse that examines the possibilities of self-representation. This issue may be related to public education, with its great potential to act as an institution for the redistribution of knowledge, which would provide the greatest number of people with the knowledge needed for self-advocacy. And it can also focus on the emancipatory potential of pedagogy, which can enable learning to become an active part of social events through a consciousness process.

The pedagogical philosophy associated primarily with Paulo Freire’s, based on social critique, seeks to reveal, through education, the hierarchical, oppressive and exploitative relationships that exist in a given society. Its purpose is to provide individuals and groups won the periphery of society with the necessary knowledge and tools for recognizing the social conditions that determine their existence and to help them work together. Political representation, participation, and advocacy are thus not primarily linked to the political institutional system, but rather to a community-based, socially oriented activity.

What are the challenges of representation in pedagogical practice? How does the relationship between theory and praxis appear in critical pedagogical practice? What are the tools by which critical pedagogy can contribute to the bottom-up political participation of marginalized communities? How does critical pedagogy relate to other pedagogical philosophies and methodologies?

Our series of events will try to explore the topics of pedagogy and representation within two workshops and a panel discussion: on the 30th May during the reading seminar conducted by the Save As group (Mentés Másként) we can learn the basics of critical pedagogy, which will be used for the activities (on the 20th June) of the Deviszont Community Space (Deviszont Közösségi Tér) for high school students. The series of workshops will be followed by an open panel discussion with the members of the Deviszont Community Space and the Save As group.

Save As: Jakab Villő Hanga, Gegő Virág (Cluj Napoca)
Deviszont Community Space: Szarka Alexandra, Fernengel Ágnes (Budapest)

Moderator: Gegő Virág

About the invitees:

Deviszont Community Space:
Deviszont is a community space created by young people for young people – mainly those attending vocational schools and high schools. We want to run a place where you can spend your time in many ways: you can get involved in different projects, you can come to us just to socialize, play soccer or talk, or even to learn.

Save As:
The purpose of the Save As… group is to break down the misconceptions and to redefine the practices that make it impossible to establish a democratic and functional education system. The ambiguous name also refers to the pedagogical methods used for involving all children in the process of education. Additionally, Save as… aims to provide a platform for conversation about education, and to share information about learning and the system itself.

Address: tranzit.ro/Cluj
Napoca street (Jókai u.) 16, I. floor
Cluj, Romania

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