Popular Education

BFS takes pride in popular education, which centers people’s knowledge and understanding of their own world to generate and legitimize the expertise and strategies within their community. The purpose of popular education is to develop the critical consciousness of people by providing a safe space of learning that allows peers to critically reflect on the socio-economic and political conditions they exist in, and then imagine possibilities for something better to emerge from the oppressor-oppressed dynamic personally, interpersonally and institutionally.

The words “Popular Education” are often referred to to describe any education “for the people” where the educators take complex information and simplify it or make it entertaining with performance, games, quotes or slogans in order to facilitate quick and easy “absorption” of the material for people of any educational background. This design allows for the student to be an active participant in their learning and not passive receptacles.