To Fight and Learn: The Praxis and Promise of Literacy in Eritrea's Independence War

To Fight and Learn: The Praxis and Promise of Literacy in Eritrea's Independence War

by Les Gottesman, Leslie Gottesman
     
 

ISBN-10: 156902068X

ISBN-13: 9781569020685

Pub. Date: 10/28/1997

Publisher: Red Sea Press, Inc., The

From the Author

What I like best about my book...and what the title means

What I like best in my book are the stories the young literacy teachers tell about their experiences in Eritrea's 30-year war for independence. With a bounty on their heads, they constantly eluded (and sometimes fought) enemy soldiers in order to teach Eritrea's peasants

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From the Author

What I like best about my book...and what the title means

What I like best in my book are the stories the young literacy teachers tell about their experiences in Eritrea's 30-year war for independence. With a bounty on their heads, they constantly eluded (and sometimes fought) enemy soldiers in order to teach Eritrea's peasants to read and write. Many rural villages 'adopted' the young teachers, treating them as their own children. In dramatic confrontations with enemy troops, the villagers protected teachers' lives at great risk to their own. Most striking were the changes the teenage 'revolutionaries' themselves went through. Day to day, villagers shared their practical local knowledge with the young teachers. The literacy campaign became a model of collaborative learning: a 'praxis' of students and teachers working together to understand each other and find the best solutions to the communities' problems. From these experiences, the 'promise' of education was understood by people who had never had education available before. The results are seen today in the demand coming from every city, town, and village in independent Eritrea for schools and education programs.

Les Gottesman (lgottesman@ggu.edu), the author of this book, June 5, 1999

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569020685
Publisher:
Red Sea Press, Inc., The
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Pages:
330
Product dimensions:
5.56(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.78(d)

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