piraguaEdited by CEAAL: The Council for Popular Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Since 1990, La Piragua (meaning “a small boat” in Spanish) has sailed many seas and rivers as part of its ongoing voyage through Popular Education. Since first going to print, La Piragua has sought to offer reflections and experiences relating to the formation of an education system to accompany the processes of change in Latin America and the Caribbean and the dedication of these regions to popular causes.

As a publication, La Piragua transfers the knowledge produced by the CEAAL and other popular educators to a wider audience and is characterised by its educational and programmatic political stance. It presents reflections, experiences, discussions and debates about topics related to the mission and mandates of the CEAAL, with regular references to the history and the current situation of Latin American and the Caribbean in an international context.

La Piragua publishes innovative and original articles based on empirical or theoretical research that analyse the ethical, political and pedagogical dimensions of topics relating to politics, culture and education.

The men and women who collaborate with the journal are all members of the CEAAL, social scientists, educators and popular educators who, together, make a valuable contribution to the Latin American school of thought; a benchmark for other continents.

We are currently on issue no. 38, with two issues being published each year. The journal is divided into three key sections: the editorial, reflections and educational practices. We also produce special editions focusing on topics such as Popular Education, and Youth and Adult Education, Interculturality, Solidarity Economy, Gender Equity and Equality.

Only a limited number of copies are printed, but the journal can be downloaded online from:

www.ceaal.org publications

Issue 38 presents the following topics:

1. The complexity of the crisis and the current challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The political and institutional crisis in Latin America.
Latin America under the shadow of the crisis: between the conservative offensive and new processes of popular action.
Life after extractivism.
A system of differential categories for an ethical economy.
The limitations of progressivism and the challenges faced by popular education in Ecuador.
 Democracia e Juventude: incidência para a Educação Popular


2. PE for promoting social activism
The reactivation of popular education. At the dawn of the new millennium.
Can the spark of social activism be relit?  Eleven ways for looking at popular education as a radical stance or means of resistance, for the creation and expression of dignified rage.
Fertile ground for the creation of rebellious subjectivity. Central commitment to popular education.


3. Popular Educator Movements
The CEAAL as a movement of popular educators.
Fe y Alegría: de la chispa al incendio (Faith and Joy: from spark to fire).
Fragmented constellations: social movements, parties and popular education
Educação popular e movimentos sociais: a experiência da escola nacional de formação da contag (enfoc).
FREPOP – FÓRUM DE EDUCAÇÃO POPULAR, achievements, limits and challenges.
Popular Education and the challenges it currently faces throughout Latin America.
Education movements in Chile: Reflections on their organisation and communication.
 Crisis, Social Movements and Popular Education in Latin America, focusing especially on Peru: alternatives and practices.
Fragmented constellations: social movements, parties and popular education The ongoing need for grassroots work and for coordination initiatives between popular organisations.
Uma experiência em Movimento e os desafios para pensar a Educação.


4. Current debates on the global agenda  The post-2015 MDG process and social movements: building a movement of Ecuadorian citizens through “otro mundo posible” (another world is possible)


La Piragua 39 (under preparation) presents the findings and reflections of various CEAAL initiatives that, focusing on Popular Education, interact with components of our current reality, thereby enriching and rejuvenating this concept. We see an undeniable vitality in the approach to PE that is enriched through contributions from social agents; the contexts in which it exists present us with constant challenges.

This issue will include reports about systematisation processes in interculturality and social movements; in addition to analytical studies about the solidarity economy, youth and adult education and gender equity and equality.

It will contain the following work:

  • The importance of systematisation and the production of knowledge in the CEAAL. Oscar Jara and Alfonso Torres
  • Popular Education and Interculturality   Jose Luis  Alvarez.
  • Systematisation report           Interculturality Benito Fernandez Fernandez.
    • The drive for Comprehensive and Sustainable Development in the Triple Frontier area through CEMP Adis agro-ecological popular education programmes (Argentina).
    • Technological training resources within reach of the Warao community. Cesap Venezuela
    • Participatory and intercultural production of the Territorial Development Plan for the Tavaí District – Department of Caazapá – Paraguay. CECTEC Paraguay
    • Training and cultural exchange. Mexico, Haiti. Youth Dynamism.
  • Social movement systematisation report. Marbelis Gonzales, Ana Bieckel
    • Movement-based training programme for social movements that brings together Central American and Mexican institutions
  • Analytical study       The social and solidarity economy          Deysi Pérez

- Solidarity economy experiences.  EQUIP (Brazil), Las Abejas (Nicaragua), Ayuda Mutua (Mexico), Ciudad (Ecuador)

  • Gender equity and equality study   Mariela Arce, Generosa Masei

-              An assessment of the institutions in various CEAAL regions

  • Study of Impact on Educational Policy           Jorge Osorio
    • Impact on PE for young people and adults in the Ayacucho region. Task.
    • Impact on Central American due to the quality of education.
    • Impact on PE for young people and adults in Paraguay, CECTEC

Organisation and contact

The journal’s Editorial Board is made up of tried-and-tested educators and popular educators who are all deeply committed to processes of change in Latin America and the Caribbean, they hail from both popular movements and the world of academia. The Editorial Board: Oscar Jara (Costa Rica), Lola Cendales (Colombia), Alfonso Torres (Colombia) and Nélida Cespedes ( Peru).

For more information about the journal and its features, please write to the following address: ncespedes@tarea.pe