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Transforming Education in Africa and Madagascar: Fe y Alegría’s Workshop Explores Popular Education Strategies

From April 22nd to 26th, 2024, the African Jesuit AIDS Network (AJAN), with Ms. Pascalia Sergon as its representative, participated in the Africa and Madagascar Popular Education Workshop at the Mwangaza Jesuit Retreat Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The workshop, attended by more than 40 delegates from Africa, Madagascar, Latin America, and Spain, comprising both Jesuit and lay participants, as well as representatives from the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) and the Office of Justice and Ecology for Africa and Madagascar (JENA), aimed to enhance the presence of popular education within Fe y Alegría’s educational framework in Africa and Madagascar. The objective was to develop a conceptual framework for this initiative across the continent.

Fe y Alegría’s Director, Fr. Daniell Vilanueva, SJ. speaking during the 5-day workshop.

The work agenda included sessions dedicated to delving deeper into popular education: exploring its origins, philosophy, and identity to gain a better understanding of the African context and the unique characteristics of each country. Additionally, a discussion titled ‘Fe y Alegría and educational challenges in Africa and Madagascar’ was conducted, aiming to stimulate reflection on approaching popular education within African and Malagasy contexts, considering diverse perspectives, contexts, challenges, and needs. Finally, participants visited the educational projects undertaken by Saint Joseph Development programmes (SJDP) Centre to gain firsthand insight into the initiatives and activities being carried out in that area.

Participants visit and get to interact with some of the young beneficiaries of Saint Joseph Development programmes (SJDP) at St. Joseph Nursery and Primary School in Kangemi.

A pivotal moment during the event was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between AOR Provincial Fr. Kizito Kiyimba, SJ, and Fe y Alegría’s Director, Fr. Daniell Vilanueva, SJ. This MoU aimed to enhance cooperation in providing education to marginalized groups. The interactive Workshop drew insights from Liberation Theology and Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. It explored ways of promoting democracy, equality, and justice through a liberating pedagogy of popular education at all levels of learning.

Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Fe y Alegría’s Director, Fr. Daniell Vilanueva, SJ. and AOR Provincial Fr. Kizito Kiyimba, SJ..

By, Mr. Dennis Owuoche,

AJAN Communications Officer.

Dennis Owuoche

Dennis Owuoche Shadrack is the AJAN Communications and Research officer, Having joined AJAN in 2022 he has a broad experience in content writing; statements, press releases , website management, brand development, developing communications strategies and managing the social media, disseminating knowledge products, preparing flyers, reports and spreading other materials in order to enhance awareness about HIV and support Holistic development of the young people as a AHAPPY Trainer.



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