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The Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST), one of the largest social movements in Latin America, is internationally famous for its
success occupying large unproductive land estates and pressuring the government to redistribute this land to over 1 million landless farmers. Less well known are the movement’s educational initiatives. Over the past three
Friends of the MST & the Socialist Party L.A. Local Present:"Education in the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement"
decades, MST leaders have drawn on diverse educational theories to develop a set of pedagogical practices for schools that encourage youth to stay in the countryside, foster collective forms of work, and participate in political struggle. Activists engage in contentious actions to support their educational ideas, while facilitating community discussions, organizing teacher trainings, and writing curricula with state actors. In the state of Paraná, the MST administers 11 public schools that are currently functioning within MST land occupations. MST leader Alessandro, one of the state coordinators of the education sector in Paraná, spoke at the Socialist Party Los Angeles Local office about these educational experiences and how the MST has succeeded in both occupying land and occupying the Brazilian school system. The event was co-sponsored by the Los Angeles chapter of the Friends of the MST and the Socialist Party Los Angeles Local.