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Introduction to MK Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Paulo Freire
Exploring the Tri-Continental Wisdom Informed by the Pedagogies of Non-Violence, the Oppressed and Reconciliation

Biography of MK Gandhi:  See HereBrief Note.  Sabarmati Ashram.  Tolstoy Farm. Salt March   Satyagraha     
Biography of Nelson Mandela: See Here Mandela Foundation. Fighting Apartheid. Truth and Reconciliation              
Biography of Paulo Freire: See HereCritical ConceptsPedagogy of the Oppressed.                         
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For Reflection

"An eye for eye only ends up making the whole world blind." MK Gandhi
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." Mk Gandhi
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty." Mk Gandhi


“The education I received was a British education, in which British ideas, British culture, British institutions, were automatically assumed to be superior. There was no such thing as African culture.” Nelson Mandela“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela
“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.” Nelson Mandela
“Prison itself is a tremendous education in the need for patience and perseverance. It is above all a test of one’s commitment.”  Nelson Mandela


"Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people–they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress." Paulo Freire
"The more students work at storing the deposits entrusted to them, the less they develop the critical consciousness which would result from their intervention in the world as transformers of that world. The more completely they accept the passive role imposed on them, the more they tend simply to adapt to the world as it is and to the fragmented view of reality deposited in them." Paulo Freire
"Whoever teaches learns in the act of teaching, and whoever learns teaches in the act of learning." Paulo Freire
"If the great popular masses are without a more critical understanding of how society functions, it is not because they are naturally incapable of it—to my view—but on account of the precarious conditions in which they live and survive, where they are “forbidden to know.” Thus, the way out is not ideological propaganda and political “sloganizing,” as the mechanists say it is, but the critical effort through which men and women take themselves in hand and become agents of curiosity, become investigators, become subjects in an ongoing process of quest for the revelation of the “why” of things and facts." Paulo Freire