Specific principles: political work in the field of education © maiz

We understand education to be a political, reality-changing process.

Learners:

In opposition to a position that classifies migrant women learners as people with an orientation and information deficit, our work is based on appreciating and expanding the participants' knowledge and skills.

Language:

Language is not only a communication medium but also a process of construction of signification.

Learning process:

The learning process takes place neither through transfer of information nor on the basis of training settings, but rather as a content debate / discussion: as dialogue.

Dialogue:

We understand dialogue as a meeting between subjects that direct their actions and reflections onto the world they live in in order to transform it.

Power relations:

The reflection about the understanding of roles, the respective social positions und power relations is a constitutive part of the educational process.  

Empowerment:

We understand empowerment as a process that takes place in a context in which there is a countervailing power; empowerment aims to collectively strengthen skills that support the participants in taking action, decision-making and intervening in social and systematic discriminatory practices. Contrary to a conception of empowerment that focuses on solving problematic situations by activating the individual's potential, we view facilitating the discussion on the question of the cause of the problem as a significant part of the empowerment process. We don’t follow the neoliberal conception of empowerment that at last attribute people the sole responsibility for one's own success or failure.

Labor market and integration:

We don’t understand unemployment as an individual guilt, but as a consequence of socio-economic and political developments. We are convinced that labor market related educational programs can set in motion awareness processes among the participants, enabling them to explore and realize different forms and perspectives for acting as subjects in society. Doing so opens up perspectives for critically discussing and questioning circumstances and developements, thereby creating a space in which the participants can develop strategies to change their own situations (individual and collective level).