FreeSchool 2009 Updates and Changes
The FreeSchool, was an alternative education project in Vancouver, Canada. It was a collective-run project whose purpose was to provide the community with a space for dialogue and learning outside of the mainstream education and economic systems. Volunteers from the community came together to organize and facilitate a small selection of learning groups at no charge to their fellow community members. We all have knowledge and skills to share with one another, the FreeSchool is an opportunity to do so in a non-hierarchical, anti-oppressive and holistic education environment where not only the academic is addressed, but also the social, political, creative and personal.
The FreeSchool winter session ran from January 22nd 2006 to March 2nd 2006. The learning groups offered were:
- Voluntary Simplicity
- Beyond Sensory Perception
- Graffiti History and Guerilla Public Art
- Readings and Discussions on Sexuality
You were able to pre-register for a workshop or learning group by emailing your name, contact information and the name of the group to firstname.lastname@example.org. Finalization of your participation happened when you show up for your first day of learning. We stressed the importance of smaller learning groups that function as self-determining collectives of equals, therefore we limited the amount of participants in each group. Remember, there is no tuition for learning groups, although there may be a minimal cost for materials (e.g., photocopies for readings).