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Title:Demystifying pseudo-freirian development: the case of Laedza Batanani
Authors:Kidd, Ross
Byram, Martin
Periodical:The Community Development Journal: An International Journal for Community Workers
Geographic term:Botswana
Subjects:nonformal education
External link:http://search.proquest.com/pao/docview/1304167859
Abstract:Case study of a non-formal education project in Botswana - Laedza Batanani ('Community Awakening') - which attempted to follow a Freirian model. One of the key features of this programme is the use of popular theatre as the medium for encouraging participation, raising issues, fostering discussion, and promoting collective action. The authors played an important role In the development of this programme. This paper attempts to demystify earlier writings which failed to portray some of the key contradictions and tended to mystify the popular basis of the activity. Focus is on the pseudo-participatory nature of the programme. The dual potential of popular theatre is clarified: its capacity for both authentic popular expression and raising critical class consciousness, on one hand, and disseminating dominant class ideas and Inducing acceptance of the status quo, on the other. Purpose is to show that highly 'participatory', 'engaging', 'entertaining', locally understandable forms of communication can be used not only to 'liberate' but also to 'domesticate'. Bibilogr., notes.