The World Social Forum and the agenda for popular education

This article presents a reading of the III World Social Forum, based on a popular education perspective. It deals initially with the goals and the dynamic of the Forum and then identifies themes which restructure the agenda for popular education. The first of these refers to the need and the possibility of popular education being discussed internationally. The second deals with the plurality of contributions and the consequent epistemological and methodological challenges. Finally some of the emerging or recurrent themes are identified based on the 1,286 workshops offered during the Forum.

World Social Forum; popular education


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