[permaculture] Educating the ignorant

d pfalzer d_pfalzer at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 16 15:58:38 EDT 2005


In my experience the journey out of the mindset of
Empire (the mindset that progress is a good unto
itself and must be sort regardless of the
consequences), is not an easy one.  It is hard to see
that there exists something other than the box one has
always lived in.  

A book that helped me do this (and which might be of
use to you) is:
 The Spirit of Regeneration,
 subtitled: Andean Culture Confronting Western Notions
of Development) 
edited by Frederique Apffel-Marglin with PRATEC.

For me, gaining a peak outside my box into a world
without a pyramidal structure, was crucial to
understanding how to think outside of that box.

--- Graham <grahamburnett at blueyonder.co.uk> wrote:

> The first step might be to abandon the mindsets that
> you have a role as 
> an 'educator' or that the people you propose to
> interact with are 
> 'ignorant'.
> 
> antonr at webmail.co.za wrote:
> 
> >Hi
> >
> >Okay, interesting question: I live in South Africa.
> Now for
> >those of you who don't know, SA consists of two
> main areas.
> >The urban areas and surroundings, which are mostly
> First
> >World and many of the rural areas which are still
> firmly
> >Third World - IMHO due to a combination of lack of
> >government support and culture.
> >
> >Now most of you have probably at least heard of
> Apartheid,
> >etc, etc. Now the problem is, ten years down the
> line, most
> >underpriviliged people are still where they were
> then and
> >many previously "priviliged people" are now joining
> them. 
> >
> >My question is this: How do you educate a rural
> community
> >who believe in cattle and goat raising and a bit of
> primary
> >agriculture - mielies (Corn, I believe to most of
> you) to
> >diversify into alternate crops and not to just
> raise crops
> >for their immediate requirements, but also to
> improve their
> >lot in life. Your two largest problems are this:
> Ignorance
> >- many rural people are still illiterate, and
> poverty -
> >though a lot of them have access to at least a bit
> of land,
> >they do not have the resources to accomplish much.
> >Firewoood is also a requirement, since many people
> spend
> >hours every day collecting firewood and large areas
> have
> >been completely denuded of trees due to decades of
> >gathering.
> >
> >To me permaculture is the answer, but I'm still
> learning
> >myself and I have no idea how to even approach this
> >problem.
> >
> >Later
> >Anton
> >
> >   
> >
> >
> > 
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