A core work of Fabian’s Fund is supporting education, including higher education in prison.   This includes funding, sponsoring and advocating for and with groups who’ve identified higher education as a transformational tool within a broader liberation strategy.

In this context education or liberation education has the character of the classroom described by Bell Hooks  “The classroom, with all its limitations, remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility, we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom.” – Bell Hooks

Examples of structural characteristics that support education systems where liberation education occurs include:  

  • Anti-racist foundational work like Undoing Racism workshops by the People’s Institute
    Prisoner designed and led curriculum on racial and cultural history
  • Imprisoned students designing and teaching college readiness courses with content support from external faculty where needed
  • Learning environment with no-person-left-behind methods with subject mastery teaching
  • Prisoner agency in selecting instructors, courses and colleges
  • Prisoner boards and paid/volunteer imprisoned men and women planning, driving and defining education
  • Fundraising for education expenses by or at the behest of imprisoned faculty, students and board
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