Narratives support broader power imbalances, so through narratives we can either choose to further entrench existing neo-colonial ideas of power and poverty, or we can strive to challenge these dominant narratives and be part of creating a shift in our world's collective imagination of countries, people and power that rejects neo-colonial power imbalances. Perhaps by changing the narrative, we can counter this imbalance.
(Versión en Español abajo) “Why do we read?” In the small, aluminum-roofed classroom, seven pencils scribbled. Chairs scraped on the concrete floor. A fan spun lazily in the corner, ruffling pages. On each desk sat a shiny children’s book, carefully selected from the new library. “Don’t write directly on top of the books - … Continue reading Starting a School Library that Actually Works
Starting educate. has led us to do some pretty crazy things, but this obstacle-filled mud run might be the craziest so far! On Saturday April 21st, four educate. team members voluntarily subjected themselves to thick mud, barbed wire and electric shocks in the name of raising money for one of educate.'s projects: a library for Escuela … Continue reading Sponsored Mud Run – “I didn’t realise there were obstacles!”
This January has been a very busy and exciting month at educate., packed with events, reunions, new projects and the welcoming of two new team members! Back in 2017, educate. began to plan a collaboration with Amsterdam University College’s philanthropy and voluntary service committee, Hands On, who select a different theme and organisation to support … Continue reading January Update: Fundraisers and New Recruits