FRETILIN’s literacy campaign influenced the mobilisation of nation-wide action towards decolonisation and liberation, initially from the Portuguese, and then the ongoing resistance to the brutal Indonesian occupation (1975-1999).Read more

Given the assumptions that 'quality teachers' are not social workers but ‘knowledge workers’, who should be able to include the diverse range of students in their classes in productive learning, worthwhile questions to ask are:

  • How do teachers express care for young people on or outside the margins of the official curriculum, and;
  • What do we mean by care in education?

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As a teacher I’ve been very influenced by the work of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, and his argument that any and all collaboration and action in education needs to be aimed at understanding the world in order to change it. In 2014 my family and I spent a year living in Chile, providing an opportunity to engage directly with the student movement there as a living example of Freire’s ideas about the connection between teaching, learning and social change.

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