PAIGC Militant Education

"We were politicians in that situation, it was difficult not to be. A child who comes from the liberated areas, who hears the bombings, you have to explain why there were bombings, [explain] about the colonialism, that he didn't see but that he was feeling it. [As a teacher] You had to explain why people decide to fight to be free from colonial oppression... Politics was so evident, that they had to know and understand"


Maria da Luz Boal,

Cape Verde, 2013


This book brings to light the educational project developed by the African Party for the Independence of Guinea Bissau and Cape Verde (PAIGC) during the period of the armed liberation struggle against the Portuguese colonial regime in Guinea Bissau (1963-1974).

The work goes further to explore the practices of education in the period after independence until 1978.

It 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 on education under the colonial regime, that finally led the Party militants to develop their concept, practices, and materials for the militant education project. 

An invaluable contribution to the history of education in Guinea Bissau in specific and African and World history of education in general, the present work leads the reader through the paths of education during colonialism and the challenges to the process of decolonize education during and after the armed conflict for independence and liberation. 

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Language: English

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"In the Dust of Waiting. Paths in the neighborhoods of Estrada Militar, Santa Filomena and Encosta Nascente" 


Fundação Calouste Gulbenkien| Principia


This book is  the result of three years of work in the neighborhood of Santa Filomena, Amadora (Portugal), where, between 2008 and 2010, the author Sónia Vaz Borges coordinated some activities within the framework of the "Laço" parental training project, funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and developed by the Instituto das Comunidades Educativas.


The book documents the history of three neighborhoods and the presence of  African diasporic people in the periphery of Lisbon, particularly as it relates to their struggles to secure housing, establish communities, and to reckon with the lingering effects of post-colonialism.


"These are pieces of stories, lives, places and ways, dreams and journeys, memories and everyday life. Stories of who was and continues to be placed on the shores of history. In houses and streets built by time and by people. So that this world was not forgotten and erased not only from memory but also from physical space, I made sure that some of its stories had a place where they could be told and lead to a reflection that opens the way for the future."



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Language: Portuguese 




A escola na sociedade intercultural: perspectivas europeias. Documentação do projecto “Interacção, Diversidade e Tolerância: A Escola como Palco do Dialogo Intercultural” 

Borges, Sónia Vaz;Ernst, Christian .
SPGL, Lisboa

Language: Portuguese 

Caderno Consciência e Resistência Negra, Vol. I-X

Borges, S. Vaz, et al.
Encontros, Amadora.

Language: Portuguese 


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 Craig Gilmore