Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Defining Global Education and Participatory Action Research

InSolidarity believes International Education and Participatory Action Research go hand in hand.  They have shared values and objectives found in their definitions.

International Education

In Global Teacher, Global Learner, “Global Learning” is defined as: affirmative of self and others, participatory, co-operative and experiential.  Global Learning focuses curriculum on:
  • global interdependence
  • critical thinking
  • the nature of prejudice
  • concepts of peace and human rights
Global Learning objectives are knowledge, skill, and attitude based. Instead of emphasis on recollection of content, global learner have changes in their behaviors as well as knowledge. Madeline Uraneck, International Education Consultant to  Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, captures these behaviors.  

Uraneck believes International Education is a “thread woven into the fabric” of an entire curriculum that  teaches about “...the lives and the natural and social contexts of people living in other countries and cultures and actively promotes immersion experiences in other cultures”. pg 21 Supporting Pike and Selby findings that global learning objectives are knowledge, skill and attitude based.  Uraneck identifies possible objectives such as foreign language proficiency (skill), compassion (attitude), understanding of global connections (knowledge). 

In summary International Education is a way of building curriculum that focuses how to live in a global world.  

Participatory Action Research

According to Brown University’s Educational Laboratory, Action Research is research where “participants systematically, carefully, collaboratively examine their own practices using research techniques”. pg 7 They are more invested in the impact of the research and much more open to reflection and cooperation. 

At Durham University, Participatory Action Research (PAR) is “collaborative research, education and action used to gather information to use for change on social or environmental issues.  It involves people who are concerned about or affected by an issue taking a leading role in producing and using knowledge about it”. Pg2

Practicing Freedom Collective defines Participatory Action Research as bringing people together to:
  • Define for themselves what problems they face in their community;
  • Find solutions or steps for addressing the problem through talking with and gathering data from their peers;
  • Implement those solutions through strategic and informed actions. 
PAR differs from “Normal” Research because it inclusive, lead by a team or community of people that experience an issue first hand.  It engages its participants, resulting in dialogue or mobilization in the impacted community.  Lastly, it is honest, naming bias and working to minimize it.

Both International Education and PAR are holistic and believe indicators of education involve demonstrate attitude, skill and knowledge based skills. 

Based on these readings InSolidarity will begin to define I-PAR as an education process that values the whole person.  Seeking proficiency through demonstration of reflection, cooperation, social engagement and honesty.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Language Exchange


Join our  Game-Based Language exchange with Mujeres Unidas y Activas

Email if you are interested in joining!

International Education and Participatory Action Research

Why did InSolidarity choose to combine International or Global Education and Participatory Action Research (PAR)?  Because they are not that different. Why did InSolidarity choose to write a blog about these topics? Besides being a great draft for a research proposal, I want to engage readers in a conversation about why this education is worth talking about!

Global Education aims to build skills such as critical thinking, personal awareness, empathy and cooperation.  

PAR is participatory, democratic and experiential asking its participants to practice through action and reflection.  

They connect knowledge and understanding to relationships and change.  Global Education offers the skills, knowledge and issues to address a global, interdependent world.  PAR offers the activities, models and processes to develop skills and knowledge to practice in a global, interdependent world.

I will attempt to bridge the two through discussion of their definitions, values, activities, models.  I will conclude in discussing the implications of bridging the two to "Relationships of Change" in Low Income Communities of Color across the world.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Gotta Fly to Haiti

Building Relationships

Together BAJI and InSolidarity are fundraising for a delegation to Haiti to investigate human rights abuses, the US role in those abuses and what Americans can do to act in solidarity with Haitians.

BAJI and InSolidarity

BAJI is an education and advocacy group comprised of African Americans and black immigrant from Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.  BAJi provided the African American community with a progressive analysis and framework on immigration that links the interests of African Americans with those of immigrants of color.  

In an effort to build a multinational and multiracial "Beloved Community", BAJI has partnered with InSolidarity.  InSolidarity is a two-way exchange that combines education, international travel and cultural immersion to deepen civic engagement of low-income youth of color.  

BAJI will have accurate and current information to build our "Stand with Haiti" campaign.

InSolidarity will identify long-term partners and develop curriculum for BAJI members, low-income youth of color and community members on future delegations, to and from Haiti.  Together we will build a multinational community ready to work together and create the communities we all want to live in.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Chavez, Haiti and African Americans

"Last week, after the passing of Venezuelan president Hugo Ch├ívez, Haiti declared three days of national mourning."  

Solidarity in part due to US involvement in a 2002 coup against Chavez. 

"As detailed in a 2004 investigation by Mother Jones, the International Republican Institute was active in both organizing and training those involved in the 2004 coup in Haiti as well as opposition factions before the 2002 coup in Venezuela"...

The United States Government is a global political power, more than willing to use it to disrupt political movements and power, abroad and at home.  

Join InSolidarity and Black Alliance for Just Immigration, April 4, 2013 and learn about US power in Haiti and our plans for investigating and sharing struggle!

Raising Up For Haiti
Fundraiser for June 2013 Delegation to Haiti

with Pierre Laboissiere of Haiti Action Committee,

a performance by Vukani Mawethu Choir,

Film viewing, "Where Did the Money Go?"

April 4, 2013

Resurrection Lutheran Church
397 Euclid Ave
Oakland, Ca

Sliding Scale Donation Requested: $15 -$25

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

InSolidarity 2013: An Introduction


InSolidarity is a two-way exchange that combines education, international travel, and cultural immersion to deepen civic engagement of low-income youth of color.  

Inspiration for InSolidarity came from six years of participating and working in International Education programs.  After several challenging conversations and bouts of frustration I saw a serious need for international travel and grassroots organizing to intentionally connect.  By addressing two major gaps in International Education programs, InSolidarity will add to a growing global movement for social justice.  These gaps are:

  • the exclusion/lack of participation by low-income people of color
  • lack of programing that address current global issues and actions  
Addressing these will address these gaps through targeted recruitment, grassroots fundraising and through a Popular Education based curriculum. 

InSolidarity is currently developing Participatory Action Research (PAR) curriculum.  PAR is vital to cross-cultural exchanges as it fosters cooperation, participation, equity, critical thinking and cultural responsiveness.  Through the use of a variety of activities (play, journaling, mapping, dialogue, music, reflection, research), participants will identify parallel struggles with their host country and engage in personal, civic and academic activities intended to have global impact.  

     2013 is the birthing year for InSolidarity.  With the program and curriculum drafted;  we are eager to incorporate, build funds, community and trip leading skills.  

2013 Goals!

Raise $6000 from Do Something Series 

Build the InSolidarity community

Host delegations to Haiti, England and from Brazil.

Coming Up!
Help us raise funds for a delegation to Haiti with the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
Participate in the Do Something Series, classes, events, workshop and trainings to raise awareness, health and money!

Raising Up for Haiti
Consciousness Raising Fundraiser
April 4, 2013 
397 Euclid Ave
Oakland, Ca

Restorative Yoga 
Every Thursday from 6pm-7pm
397  Euclid Ave
Oakland, Ca

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Do Something Starts!

On January 31, 2013 at 730pm, InSolidarity is launching the Do Something Series.  InSolidarity is a start-up organization raising funds to facilitate international travel, education, cultural immersion and deepen civic engagement among low-income youth of color.

To help fundraise for our Haiti Delegation we are hosting donation-based Haitian Culture and Language classes at Resurrection Lutheran Church 397 Euclid AveOakland, Ca 94610!

Like InSolidarity, the Do Something Series is designed to get people to do something with their education, bodies, minds, politics and money.  Join us and do something for yourself and the community!