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About PEPE

What is popular education? Popular Education means “liberative” education. It is relevant. It is needed. It is an education that exposes and then breaks the cultural and structural bonds hindering people’s enlightenment and empowerment. Pop-Ed is education for social change. It challenges the traditional way of ‘teaching’ people, an ‘education’ that makes them passive learners; one that silences them and makes them conform. It challenges attitudes and social structures that oppress people. Popular Education takes a political stand on the side of marginalized people everywhere. It aims to empower the poor and those who have been kept out of decision-making structures. It does this by helping them become aware of their own oppression. Pop-Ed also conscientizes people. It is about collective learning towards action for change. “Pop-Ed critiques conventional modes of thinking, opens itself to critique, restores people’s dignity and humanity, poses questions about our very existence, is a venue for ‘intersubjectivity’, recognizes the importance of the non-rational, involves both the intellectual and the emotional, is creative and reflective, and is averse to any totaling framework.”

PEPE envisions a society that promotes and guarantees access to education that is:

  • holistic, authentic and interactive, a society that is built upon the critical thinking and leadership of its own members, one that espouses gender equality among all its members
  • a democratic society — with participatory governance and decision-making systems in place, one that is built upon solid communities of people
  • an empowered mass that enjoys equitable access to the country’s resources
  • a society that promotes the realization of full human potentials and respects, completely and without discrimination, all human life
  • one that actively pursues ecological, cultural and economic sustainability

PEPE’s mission is to provide a catalyst for building a distinct Popular Education Movement as an integral part of the overall movement towards People’s Empowerment, Sustainable Development, and Genuine Democracy.

PEPE’s Address: Champaca St., Sauyo, Quezon City
Contact No. 0459157521631
7 Comments leave one →
  1. popedphilippines permalink*
    December 12, 2007 1:04 pm

    found our web blog site among the first ten listed items in google search!!!! yehey!!!!!

  2. Pinky permalink
    August 28, 2008 7:48 am

    Just found PEPE and I am quite impressed. More power to you!

  3. November 6, 2008 3:07 pm

    Hi! I came to discover Pop Ed as a discipline of study as I took my MA degree in Nonformal Education in UP. My thesis was the use of critical pedagogy theories in a community education set-up. I find that there is a dearth of initiatives to theorize PopEd or Crit Ped in the Philippine setting. Do you have a program that addresses such need? Maybe a library of PopEd-related studies would be a good start and maybe a corresponding message board or e-group. Thanks.

  4. lehn permalink
    February 5, 2009 5:32 pm


    im interested to join Daupan. when is it scheduled? kindly send me details thru my email add.

    thanks very much.



  5. Miko permalink
    June 18, 2009 3:35 am

    Hi, I’m interested in joining your ogranization. Can you please provide info related to employment opportunities PEPE might have? Thanks.

  6. douglas permalink
    September 28, 2011 12:26 pm

    Hi, i am writing a paper (thesis writing for my MA) that aims to make an in-depth assessment as to the impact of education policy (Education for All) on Indigenous People of the Third District of Tarlac Province as to the quality of and access to schools and learning opportunities available, community perspectives on the importance of educational access, (specifically from the parents of the young Aetas and the tribal leaders), educational structure and curriculum and government’s available programs for them.
    i found your group PEPE to be of great help to make my study more essential. Thank you.

    • popedphilippines permalink*
      September 29, 2011 1:51 am

      Hello, Douglas! Thanks for the visit and comment. How’s the thesis writing going? PEPE is in some kind of “hibernate” mode. it’s turning out to be a long winter for pepe. keep in touch, ok? if there’s anything we can do to be of help to you, feel free to let us know. salud!

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