This is the story of teaching consciousness as a requirement for transformations in social justice. In artful narrative, Nesha Haniff traces her own conscientization as a colonized child in Guyana, exploring the cultural and intellectual forces that shape the creation of the Pedagogy of Action. Drawing from Paulo Freire and Ela Bhatt, participants in POA teach an oral HIV education module to marginalized communities in the USA, South Africa and the Caribbean, as the nexus for dismantling traditional pedagogies of race, gender, service and American hegemony. The many challenges of institutional and cultural obstacles, mainly those that excluded poor and black students from overseas travel, required innovation and persistence. The book features essays written by POA students and South African participants reflecting on their own transformations. These essayists are among the hundreds of participants who, over 15 years, in the practice of radical love, grew the Pedagogy of Action.
Dr. Nesha Z. Haniff is Founder and Creator of "The Pedagogy of Action and the Gender Consciousness" Project, and Lecturer in Race Gender and Health, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan, USA.
Chapter One: An Introduction to the Theoretical Foundation of the Pedagogy of Action.- Part One The Pedagogy of Action.- Chapter Two: The Small Activist Writes.- Chapter Three: Race and Study Abroad.- Part Two In Our Own Words: POA Students Write.- Chapter Four: In Nesha's Classroom: Lessons from the Pedagogy of Action.- Chapter Five: My Homecoming: Deconstructing My Education in POA Jamaica Home of My Immigrant Parents, June and Dudley.- Chapter Six: Radical Narrative Traditions: Communal Storytelling.- Chapter Seven: Peer Education Programs: Process as Power.- Chapter Eight: In the beginning, was the word and the word was Black....- Chapter Nine: Final Dispatch: Epiphanies that Gradually Mold and Shape Us.- Chapter Ten: Shaping the Path of POA in South Africa.- Chapter Eleven: How POA Shaped my work as an artist teaching opera to children in diverse communities.- Chapter Twelve: A Clearing in the Woods: Translation and ownership aspects of the Pedagogy of Action, in a dance composer's idiomatic language.- Chapter Thirteen: Ke rena baeng, re kgopela go raloka le lena: Of uninvited help and other audacities.- Chapter Fourteen: Consciousness as Gift, Burden, or Method? Reflections from India.- Chapter Fifteen: The Spirit of POA.- Chapter Sixteen: Sithembiso Mntambo Nkosi: Organic Intellectual.