Monday, November 3, 2014

Informal Education Days

We opened last week on Boneh with a special two-day seminar on leadership skills and informal education.

To understand the basis for the informal methodology and unconventional practices that have been a regular feature of youth movements since their inception, we read from Paolo Freire's landmark Pedagogy of the Oppressed, as well as hearing from more contemporary educational theorists and policy advisors, such as Sir Ken Robinson. This helped up think critically about our own educational experiences in the formal system on the first day of the seminar. We also had some good old fun, watching a group of misfits rebel against the system in the 80's classic film The Breakfast Club, and re-enacting some of our favourite music videos.

On the second day of the seminar we learned more about the history of Habonim Dror as a youth-led, youth-run community, who could bring a fresh perspective to society. Later we learned hands-on skills for informal educational leadership in the youth movement, focusing on games, discipline, conversation, creating safe space, and writing effective programming. 

We can't wait to bring our skills to mesima (volunteer projects) later in the year, and back to the youth movements in our home countries!

                                                   -Nora Chong, guest educator

Guest lecturer Amit Breines, speaking about his experiences as a teacher at a school for youth at risk, based on the principles of youth movement education.

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