On Saturday afternoon, Yvette and I headed to Mpigi in Uganda which is about an hour from the capital, Kampala. Watoto Church Vocation Training Institutein Mpigi is based at the heart of a village and is home to hundreds of students, most of whom are orphans and some of whom come from the nearby villages.
What's the one type of transport you can find in any part of the world? A bike? That's right. Now Foondi Workshops is rethinking how we can use bicycles in emerging markets where access to reliable and affordable energy remains out a reach for thousands of people. Foondi held a hands-on design workshop on building a bici-blender. Here's the original post on Foondi's Tumblr page.
Paulo Freire, in his book entitled The Pedagogy of the Oppressed, highlights the effects of oppression, based on his background and the challenges he faced in reconciling his Brazilian tradition and culture with the new educational environment brought about by colonization. This brings into the limelight two clear ideas: the loss of identity and humanity resulting from oppression; and the concept of the oppressor versus the oppressed. What results is violence, brought about by the oppressor who dehumanizes the oppressed by denying them their rights.