Pre-Texts with teenagers in Kibera
Tom Osborn, our African director, has launched this month a Pre-Texts workshop with teenagers in Kibera, after training facilitators and refreshing with them. They are doing day 2/5 then once a week for the whole of the next school semester. One of the most surprising things was yesterday when we were asking the text questions and the group of freshmen hanged their questions and their English teacher was like freshmen can’t ask these questions, they are not that advanced, reported Tom. We will have videos soon.
International Pre-Texts workshop
Saturday (09/11) Doris Sommer and Rebeca Brito held the first session of the International Pre-Texts Workshop. We hosted 21 participants from 9 countries. The group has 5 more sessions ahead, and will conclude the workshop with developing their own artistic interventions.
Pre-Texts workshop in Hong Kong
In August we held a workshop for teachers with Ms. Menon, in Hong Kong. As a result, Principal Bai shared some reflections: I discovered that language is only the medium. What we experienced and gained was the improvement of concepts, protocols, and rationale; I thought two hours would be long, but later I discovered that it went very quickly, and when it finished I thought it was not enough. It shows that the activities were exciting and fun, welcoming and catering for diversity, lighting sparks for learners, creating an embracing atmosphere for learning and appreciation. Enjoy the full reflection here.
Pre-Texts project in Mannheim schools
The Pre-Texts project continues to make progress in Germany. Led by the Mannheim library team, all schools in the city received an email about the Pre-Texts and got the opportunity to have the workshops implemented in their place. The local team is scheduling the workshops since September 13th for the schools that have already shown interest.
A Pre-Texts experience report was published in a Brazilian Journal
The experience of the Pre-Texts workshop led by Camila Maciel in May 2019, at the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (IMES MIT) was published in English at the Brazilian University Extension Journal. The experience report describes the protocol used in one of the activities carried out during the initiative aimed at the search for health impact solutions through disruptive innovation – “IDEA2 Global, Transforming Guidance and Connections for Innovators in Medical Technology”. Read the full article here.
We will launch at the end of October an international weavers meeting. We are preparing this event to share different experiences in the application of Pre-Texts protocol. Are you a Pre-Texts facilitator? We would like to hear from you! Pre-Texts community, we invite you to send us your frequent questions by clicking here.
EDUCAPAZ – Pre-Texts: Art opens ways
During August, Victoria Mena, Pre-Texts trainer in Colombia, led “La paz se toma la palabra”, a workshop at the Banco de la República. She used a text of the most outstanding Afro-Colombian of the twentieth century. This is a reflection of Wilson Yair, one of the participants: For me as a teacher in training, the Pre-texts workshop seemed to be a very different way to approach the texts and to break them down collectively, allowing a wide range of exercises that influence my students in a positive way.