Anarchist Pedagogies Network

Sharing and Supporting Anarchist Ideas and Experiences

Welcome to the Anarchist Pedagogies Network!

As teachers, educators, facilitators, and learners, we want to create educational environments that are inclusive and directly democratic. We want to promote ideas such as freedom, self-organisation, and mutual aid. We want to help individuals and communities learn and through direct action develop together to create better, more sustainable, and more caring societies for everyone, now and in the future.

We believe, as Lucy Parsons said, that “Anarchists know that a long period of education must precede any great fundamental change in society”. With the Anarchist Pedagogies Network, we want to create a space to learn about educational anarchist ideas and practices, to share experiences and knowledge, and to support local struggles to implement and develop these ideas and practices.

Some of us are involved in formal education; others are involved in informal or nonformal education. We work within and across different knowledge systems or traditions, and across different age groups and abilities. The challenges we face in these learning spaces may differ, but we think it’s important to learn from and support each other. We need to create community beyond borders and liberate ourselves through revolutionary lifelong learning.

The aims and principles of the network are as follows.

  • The Anarchist Pedagogies Network (APN) promotes anarchist pedagogical practices based on the principles of freedom, collective self-organization, and mutual aid.
  • APN provides a digital meeting place for exchanging experiences and ideas, sharing articles, books, videos, and other material, and promoting local and online events associated with anarchist pedagogical practices across borders and languages.
  • APN encourages participants to practise local collective self-organization and individual self-learning through direct and mediated exchanges of experience.
  • APN is an organized alternative to globalized neoliberalism and free-market capitalism within education systems and informal learning spaces.

If you’d like to join the APN, please write to anarchapednet@riseup.net. You can also follow us on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube).

With love and solidarity,

APN

Smash the Class, Episode 2: An APN Conversation

APN turns one this year! And in the name of celebration, we wanted to sit down and have a little reflection about how APN started and what we hope happens in the next year.

In this episode, Nicole sat down and talked with both Daniel and Sonia. There was so much that they all discussed that it’s hard to know where to start. From the inspiration and impetus to start the network, how COVID has played a part in building learning and activist communities, to the need for unlearning harmful beliefs in our own spaces in order to contribute to liberatory movements… we covered a lot of ground in what feels like a short time.

This conversation was such a delight, and it really helps to shine a light on a lot of what we try to do in the development of this digital community. We’re really excited to share it with you!

Oh, and if you’re interested in joining us or working with us, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

(Also mentioned in the episode was a fellow collective, Gata Negra. They’re also an awesome project, so go check them out!)

Smash the Class, Episode 1: Homeschooling with Saint Andrewism

We’re happy to introduce a new project that we’re working in the APN! This is the first episode of Smash the Class, a podcast that seeks to explore and discuss different methods that could help us all re-think, dismantle, and re-build our learning spaces for the benefit of all people.

In our first episode, we spoke with Andrew about homeschooling. It was awesome to hear a first-person perspective on how it could be used to foster learning spaces and help build communities. We also discussed how it could work with other areas of praxis. This conversation is also an extension of his Homeschooling video, which is definitely recommended.

You can also go check out other topics on his YouTube channel, Saint Andrewism.

Enjoy and look out for more!

Joyful Resistance, September 10

Joyful Resistance banner. Image reads “Joyful Resistance”, with a clenched fist holding a pencil and a circle-A for the letter “a” in the word resistance. The image also contains the Anarchist Pedagogies Network logo, a circle around four hands holding each other, and the Antiuni Now logo, a black circle with the words “Antiuni Now” in white.

Being an anarchist educator can be a pretty lonely affair from time to time. We’ve seen a need to approach this issue by many members and participants in Anarchist Pedagogies Network events, and we’d like to do something practical about it. We’ve already hosted several successful events, and this one is really special, as it is made available through Antiuniversity. At the session, we will have an informal discussion about our experiences with education, how we might be able to support other educators attempting to use anarchist methods in their classrooms, or any topic that participants find useful. This forum has been incredibly meaningful to participants so far, and has created some inspiring collaborations.

Groups in both Spanish and English. Check out the event here.

Resources from the Zine Event

On the weekend of August 21 and 22, we collaborated with Gata Negra to host two events about zine making. It was our first bilingual event! And it resulted in a lot of information and some really interesting (and cute) zines. We wanted to make these widely available for everyone who wasn’t able to make it to this event.

We started by presenting the relationship between zines and education, and their potential as pedagogical tools in the classroom. You can the slides for that talk here: No More Textbooks! (ENG) or No Más Libros de Texto! (SPA).

We continued with a brief history of zines. You can find out more about that here: Zines and Anarcho-feminism (ENG) and Memes and Zines (ENG).

And, lastly, we made some really cool zines together in our workshop! Here are a coupe of the completed zines we received (and if you want to email the one you made to be shared, please email them to us):

Though we didn’t get the introduction to the event in English, we did do a quick presentation that can be found here.

We felt like this event was really successful! Participants seemed to really enjoy it and were working together to build something really quick, learning different techniques.

In the future, we hope to host another zine event! This one was fantastic, and it would be great to do yet another one to help share more skills across collectives, networks, and individuals.

If you have ideas or would like to host any kind of event with us, please feel free to send us an email or a message! We’d love to hear from you.

Zine Making with Gata Negra

Online event, Friday, August 21 and 22, 2021. Spanish-speaking group, August 21, 5 PM UTC / 12 PM CDT / 6 PM BST / 7 PM CEST / 1 PM EDT. English-speaking group, August 22, 5 PM UTC / 12 PM CDT / 6 PM BST / 7 PM CEST / 1 PM EDT.

Image shows a hand holding up a note in Spanish and English that reads “Anarchy explained to educators”. The image includes other notes that read “zine making workshop” and “bilingual event”, written in English and Spanish. In the bottom right of the image are the Gata Negra and APN logos, depicting a black cat with open mouth and a circle with holding hands, respectively.

Welcome to our first digital workshop for anarchist educators on zine-making!

In collaboration with Gata Negra, we’ll learn how to create zines as educational tools. In this workshop, based on various classical children’s books about anarchy, we will learn how to make a zine focused on anarchy for educators.

The workshop is open for individuals and it is also fine to come as a group. However you wish to come, this is a great way to meet other anarchist educators and create an easy zine that can be used in your learning spaces. This is just a try-out, and we are excited to learn how to do this kind of event with all of you.

No previous knowledge is required, curiosity and interest is enough! Not sure if you are enough of an educator for this workshop? You are! We would love to see you with us, whatever your experience is.

The format of the workshop will be a short presentation by Gata Negra, highlighting the most important components and the process of creation. During the rest of the workshop, we’ll be working in breakout rooms in your self-chosen groups trying out various zine making processes.

And then… just have fun!

This workshop is free but requires registration. Follow the Eventbrite below to sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/…/zine-making-with-gata…

Please send us a message or an email to anarchapednet@riseup.net if your have comments or you need any kind of accommodation.

Love and solidarity!

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