Popular Education

PSAC uses a popular education approach when developing courses.

The word popular comes from the Latin word popularis meaning “belonging to the people."   

The first book on popular education, as we practice it at the PSAC, was written by Brazilian literacy worker Paulo Friere in 1968.  He believed that education should be “the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”  

PSAC education is designed to shine a light on the strength and diversity of experience that each participant brings into the classroom.  Our courses invite members to share their knowledge, reflect on new learning,  take action and change their world for the better.

Popular education is designed to raise the consciousness of its participants and allow them to become more aware of how an individual's personal experiences are connected to larger societal problems. Participants are empowered to act to effect change on the problems that affect them.

Thousands of PSAC members, who have taken union education courses have returned to their workplaces and used their new learning to create positive change at the bargaining table, on picket lines and on issues of social justice.   

Sign up for a PSAC education course today and, to quote Mohandas K. Gandhi, “be the change you want to see in the world.”

September 16, 2013