In this episode we interview Sónia Vaz Borges to discuss her book Militant Education, Liberation Struggle, Consciousness: The PAIGC Education In Guinea Bissau 1963-1978.
This book brings to light the educational project developed by the PAIGC during the period of the armed liberation struggle against the Portuguese colonial regime in Guinea Bissau and in the immediate period after independence until 1978.
This work includes an extended analysis of reports and printed material produced by the PAIGC, and expands its sources to oral testimonies, exploring militants’ individual and collective experiences in education under the colonial regime, that finally led the Party militants to develop their concept, practices, and materials for the militant education project.
We talk to Sónia about several critical elements of her study of liberation struggle and educational praxis in Guinea Bissau. We hope that this discussion serves to further all of our investigations into how we create truly liberatory political & militant education by illuminating the amazing, rarely studied efforts of the PAIGC, which are part of an under explored, but rich tradition of revolutionary political education projects.