About the Institute for Popular Education

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The Institute for Popular Education was founded in 1992 to provide tools for organizers and educators who are commited to social justice and who work to build social movements that can bring a just society into being. The Institute builds on popular education traditions developed in Latin America, particularly the work of Paulo Freire and Augusto Boal. The program provides forums for discussion and debate of issues important to organizers and uses popular education methods in classes and workshops designed to provide activists with basic analytical tools, help them examine organizing strategies in a larger context, build leadership skills, deepen awareness of the issues affecting New Yorkers on a daily basis, and increase their involvement in the political life of the city.

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