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Paulo Freire

The Global Legacy

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Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley

This collection is the first book devoted to Paulo Freire’s ongoing global legacy to provide an analysis of the continuing relevance and significance of Freire’s work and the impact of his global legacy. The book contains essays by some of the world’s foremost Freire scholars – McLaren, Darder, Roberts, and others – as well as chapters by scholars and activists, including the Maori scholars Graham Hingangaroa Smith and Russell Bishop, who detail their work with the indigenous people of Aotearoa-New Zealand. The book contains a foreword by Nita Freire as well as chapters from scholars around the world including Latin America, Asia, the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australia. With a challenging introduction from the editors, Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley, this much-awaited addition to the Freire archive is highly recommended reading for all students and scholars interested in Freire, global emancipatory politics, and the question of social justice in education.
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Chapter Eighteen: Pakistan in Praxis: The Development of a Peer Education Programme as a Tool Kit in Developing Young People for Critical Consciousness

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CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

Pakistan in Praxis: The Development of a Peer Education Programme as a Tool Kit in Developing Young People for Critical Consciousness

ALETHEA MELLING AND WAJID KHAN

INTRODUCTION

The purpose of this chapter is to discuss how the pedagogy of Paulo Freire has been successfully combined with transformational leadership training techniques in the development and delivery of a peer leadership programme for young people in Pakistan. It will explore how a group of University of Central Lancashire Community Leadership students from the Pakistani diaspora in Burnley, East Lancashire, UK, collaborated with students from the California Association of Student Councils, Stanford University, and students from the University of Gujrat,1 Pakistan, to develop a peer-centred approach to developing leadership skills, with a strong focus on the concept of action/reflection praxis. Their objective was to develop, in the words of the late Michael Elliott, “a tool kit for change” (Elliott, 2011) that can be used by young people and communities. The outcome of the process was not only a “tool kit” for developing leadership skills, it also opened up the significant possibilities, and benefits from mobilising Pakistani undergraduates in Freire-influenced social action.

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