Learning for Community Development: Exploring the Value of Informal Learning for Empowerment

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The paper will define and discuss the underpinning theories espoused by Freire, hooks, Mclaren, Gramsci and other leading educational thinkers. It will focus upon working examples of Community Development Learning in practice, particularly in Manchester England and also in Soweto, South Africa. It will emphasise the value of Community Development Learning as the mainstay of Community Development Work and a means of empowerment in the Majority World and in Western capitalist communities.


Keywords: Empowerment, Community Development, Community Learning, Informal Education, Learning for Liberation
Stream: Equity, Social Justice and Social Change; Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Annette Rimmer

Senior Lecturer, School of Community, Health Sciences and Social Care, University of Salford
Manchester, Lancashire, UK

Annette Rimmer has many years experience as a community, youth and social worker in Britain. She is a founder member of Citizens As Trainers, a community group who participate in teaching social work students at Salford.
a.j.rimmer@salford.ac.uk, University of Salford, Frederick Road, Salford M6 6PU, England

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