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The proposed sessions aims to facilitate a productive engagement on the ‘Geopolitics of Education for Peace’ (GEP) as a collaborative mode of enquiry examining the territorial linkages between the production of knowledge, culture of peace, and imperial-colonial contingencies related to questions of migration and mobility. The disruptive forces of ongoing wars, violence, territorial conflict or environmental disasters that prolong the historical impacts of subalterity through geopolitical displacement—whether through forced migration, internal displacement, exile, or sanctions/blockades—continue brazenly unabated while the hardships and suffering of masses displaced unfold in the material contingencies of everyday life. In the midst of such daily struggles and hardships, the active quest for imagining, pursuing and sustaining cultures of peace and protection in opposition to hegemonies of power - either through State or civil society initiatives, requires what Gramsci refers to as a ‘philosophy of praxis’. 

The panelists will explore ‘Geopolitics of Education for Peace’ as both theory and praxis sharing their work on a range of innovative case studies from Cuba, India, Canada and beyond. These include cooperative movements, urban school initiatives, environmental movements, that reflect the creative endeavours of local communities in their determined efforts of building and sustaining communities of peace and protection. Further, drawing from anti-colonial and anti-imperial intellectual thought across continents (i.e. Marti, Tagore, Fanon, Spivak) in further developing GEP, the sessions will advance academic debates on building international solidarity strategies towards sustainable peace, protection, and rights to sovereignty. 

View Todos Los Niños Del Mundo (All the Children of the World), a song written by Cuban singer, Tania Castellanos (1920-1988), performed by the chorus Lucecita (little light), a community project for children in Cuba bringing them closer to different manifestations of art. This video was recorded and presented to CARFM and CRS at Congress 2023, and played at the opening plenary of CARFM.

Session: Geopolitics of Education for Peace: Part I

University of Havana, FLACSO and York University, EUC, CRS

Ways to Promote Education for Peace in Schools in the City of Havana
Luisa Iñiguez Rojas

Educating for Peace in the 21st century: A Look at Pedagogical Practice in Cuban Primary Schools
Anette Jiménez Marata

Re-defining Youth in Development: The Experiences of Grenadian Youth in Second-Chance Education Organizations
Laura Perez Gonzalez

Community Participation through Neighbourhood Soccer and its Contribution to the Reconstruction of the Social Fabric in Chile
Patricio Quevedo

Community-led Responses to Education Inequality in a Brazilian Necropolis: Empowerment and Peacebuilding through Popular Education
Tamires Da Silva

Session: Geopolitics of Education for Peace: Part II

University of Havana, FLACSO and York University, EUC, CRS

Cuban Cooperatives in the Construction of Education for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Reynaldo Jiménez Guethón

Exploring the Role of Gender Responsive Policymaking in Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Women: The Case of Kudumbashree, Kerala
Aysha Shamsuddin

Environmental Education for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction for Peace in Cuba
Marta Muñoz Campos

Economic War on Cuba and Emigration
Julio Fonseca

The 'Geopolitics of Education for Peace':  Anti-colonial Perspectives Linking Havana, Kolkata and Tkoronto
Ranu Basu

A workshop on the broader discussions on anti-imperialism and anti-colonial education was held on October 21st, 2020 at York University with students of EUC/GEOG 4700. The workshop focused on the Cuban Literacy Campaign, with a guest keynote speaker, the Consul General of Cuba in Toronto. Guests also included York University Professor Phillip Kelly, Associate Dean for Research Global Affairs, Professor Julio Fonseca, Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, and Elizabeth Hill, former trustee of the Toronto District School Board.

The workshop created opportunities for discussion on the neoliberalization of education with a comparison between education in Ontario and the case of Cuba and success of the Literacy Campaign. Students led questions on the topic of education and COVID-19, highlighting the importance of education as spaces of community.