Who We Are
The people who make up CAMINA have direct experience of the power of critical education in a range of different contexts, as well as the challenges involved in practicing critical education in meaningful and sustainable ways. We are motivated to see critical education practice strengthened and supported locally, nationally and globally.
For us, the ideas for what support might look like are many:
Yet the questions and the risks involved in developing these things are also many:
How do we define critical education (and what language do we use)?
How do we authentically connect with wider communities?
How do we make what we do meaningful and sustainable in the current climate?
How do we prevent what we do from being co-opted?
These questions and risks can paralise us; prevent us from stepping forwards, for fear of failure (or worse still, - misguided action). In the current context, though, the words of Antonio Machado, (often quoted by Freire), seem pertinent:
"the road is made by walking"
It is in this spirit that we chose our name (camina - the invitation to walk, in Spanish) - and in this spirit that we frame our first task:
to carry out a participatory action research project through which we hope to gain a better understanding of what's missing for those practicing critical education and how we can provide it together.
Read about our first task: a PAR project around critical education in Scotland.
CAMINA (Critical and Alternative Methods & Ideas Network for Action)