Education

As Fauzi Abdullah was, our education method is also inspired by Freire’s Pedagody of the Oppressed. LIPS use popular education in doing its labor education.

Popular education is problem posing based education. It is based on assumption that human are subjects and growing together with the world wherein teacher-subject relation is subject-subject relation. The main concepts of learning process as developed by Paulo Freire, are problem posing, coding/decoding, and dialogue. Problem posing is problematization of reality by putting everything on the table. Learning subject critically look at their reality and then return to action. Problem-posing happens through a process of coding and decoding reality. A coded reality is a situation to be decoded critically by learning subject. Its essence are themes of life that are generated from significant dimensions of an individual’s contextual reality. A problem posing process in which learning subjects production meet to reflect on the reality is dialogue. Through dialogue, human beings can then improve their knowledge and therefore improve their ability to transform reality.

There are two kinds of popular education that LIPS organize. The first conducted in the cities or areas where labor unions located. It is an effort to reach more workers than inviting workers to attend workshop or other education program. LIPS provide technical assistance to different labor unions to hold their own education program. The technical assistance including learning method and material, facilitators and trainers, module, and learning design. The subject of the education varies from political economy for labors, workers’ rights, trade union, training for trainers. FSP2KI, FSP PPMI SPSI, FBLP, GSBI, SPN are few among others, labor unions whom LIPS have been working doing popular education.

The second is by inviting labor union activists to attend workshop or trainings. In 2015 LIPS invited 22 labor unions activists in two writing workshops. The workshops itself was a reflection of their lives as workers, union activitst, fathers or mothers, a family member etc. as a learning process. The reflection then were published as a book tittled Buruh Menuliskan Perlawanannya. The book then is used in different labor unions as their education material. The book was launched on May 2015. On October the same year, LIPS held another writing workshop. This workshop invited 20 labor activists. And today, their reflections are on the process of publishing.