October, 2018
LEARNING REIMAGINED
UNSCHOOLING AS DECOLONISATION

Johannesburg, South Africa

October, 2018
LEARNING REIMAGINED
UNSCHOOLING AS DECOLONISATION

Johannesburg, South Africa

About

Learning Reimagined

About Learning Reimagined

The Learning Reimagined Conference is a unique intergenerational event that aims to facilitate provocative conversations and inspiring practices in radically reimagining education.  The underlying principles that underpins these discussions are freedom and social justice. To this end, the idea of the event is to create a safe space to facilitate discussions and share ideas around the personal, interpersonal and systemic spheres in how it relates to reimagining learning, parenting and community. While the conversations are deep, the event itself is light.  The event showcases collaborative learning communities, lots of activities, a documentary screening and a talent show that is open to all ages! The 2017 the Learning Reimagined Conference had a broad focus.  We touched on reimagining learning, we learned from the experiences of grown unschoolers, we heard about living and learning in freedom and authentic learning, explored worldschooling, the importance of play, learning to read naturally and learned about scientific thinking being an innately human process. This year’s Learning Reimagined Conference theme is Unschooling as Decolonisation.  We will explore how unschooling as a way of living and learning can be a powerful tool towards decolonisation and towards a socially just, beautiful world. It is an absolute honour to host Akilah Richards and Adebayo Akomolafe for Learning Reimagined 2018. Looking forward to dreaming and scheming together with you.
Zakiyya & Claire

Special Guests

Special

Guests

Akilah S. Richards

Akilah S. Richards

writer | mama | partner | podcaster | digital nomad | unschooling activist

We cannot keep using tools of oppression and expect to raise free people.

Akilah S. Richards is an unschooling podcaster, writer, and founding board member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her work both challenges and encourages social justice minded people to explore privilege and power in their relationships with children. In her own family, Akilah, her partner, and their two daughters, use unschooling as a tool for decolonizing education and liberating themselves from oppressive, exclusive systems. Find her conversations and commentary at Fare of the Free Child Podcast where Akilah supports, connects, and highlights people of color designing their own liberation through Self-Directed Education and love-centered community building. Akilah’s website is the number one stop for tools on rasing free people through her writing, podcasts and speaking schedule.

Adebayo C. Akomolafe

Adebayo C. Akomolafe

poet | philosopher | psychologist | professor | passionate about the preposterous

The times are urgent, let us slow down.

Bayo Akomolafe (Ph.D.) considers his most sacred work to be learning how to be with his daughter and son, Alethea Aanya and Kyah Jayden – and their mother, his wife and “life-nectar”, Ijeoma. “To learn the importance of insignificance” is the way he frames a desire to reacquaint himself with a world that is irretrievably entangled, preposterously alive and completely partial. Bayo was born in 1983 into a Christian home, and to Yoruba parents in western Nigeria. Losing his diplomat father to a sudden heart complication, Bayo became a reclusive teenager, seeking to get to the “heart of the matter” as a response to his painful loss. He sought to apply himself to the extremes of his social conditioning, his faith, and his eventual training as a clinical psychologist – only to find that something else beyond articulation was tugging at his sleeves, wanting to be noticed. After meeting with traditional healers as part of his quest to understand trauma, mental wellbeing and healing in new ways, his deep questions and concerns for decolonized landscapes congealed into a life devoted to exploring the nuances of a “magical” world “too promiscuous to fit neatly into our fondest notions of it.” A renegade academic, lecturer, speaker, and proud diaper-changer, Bayo curates an earth-wide organization (The Emergence Network) for the re-calibration of our ability to respond to civilizational crisis – a project framed within a feminist ethos and inspired by indigenous cosmologies. He considers this a shared art – exploring the edges of the intelligible, dancing with posthumanist ideas, dabbling in the mysteries of quantum mechanics and the liberating sermon of an ecofeminism text, and talking with others about how to host a festival of radical silence on a street in London – and part of his inner struggle to regain a sense of rootedness to his community. He also hosts a course (We Will Dance with Mountains) among other offerings. In short, Bayo has given up his longing for the “end-time” and is learning to live in the “mean time”. In the middle, where we must live with confusion and make do with partial answers. His greatest vocation is however learning to be a satellite orbiting his greatest gift, his goddess Ijeoma, and knowing the blessings of her gravity. He speaks and teaches about his experiences around the world, and then returns to his adopted home in Chennai, India – “where the occasional whiff of cow dung dancing in the air is another invitation to explore the vitality of a world that is never still and always surprising.” Bayo has authored two books, ‘We Will Tell Our Own Story!’ and ‘These Wilds Beyond our Fences: Letters to My Daughter on Humanity’s Search for Home’

http://bayoakomolafe.net

Testimonials

Testimonials

Testimonials

Huge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you to Zakiyya Ismail and Claire Madgwick for curating and creating the Learning Reimagined Family Conference this has provided so much reinforcement to the change taking place in the world , One love to all those who came to share in the community of love and learning!!!!! Ché-vanni Beon Davids

Re-Imagined Learning Centre

I would like to thank Kaameel for being so professional and doing a fantastic job of announcing and coordinating during the conference. Ronel Kelso

I’ve been meaning to write a post to express our utmost appreciation to Zakiyya and Claire Madgwick primarily – and all their helpers and support systems – for a sterling job of arranging a most fabulous conference! The time, effort and planning must’ve been pretty tough at times, but the result was an unforgettable weekend of fun, connecting, learning, brilliant speakers, scrumptious food and refreshments. Meeting so many like-minded people in that beautiful environment was more than I could’ve wished for. Thank you doesn’t cut it really. Namasté Helen Smith

A great thank you to Zakiyya Ismail and Claire Madgwick for investing a years worth of effort putting together this amazing weekend to build a community willing to reimagine learning. Thank you all for attending, it was such a privilege to meet you and share experiences with you. Till we meet again, I wish you well in your journeys….. Ahmed Chicktay

A transformative experience Siraj Ghoor

Open Minds Campus

What an amazing weekend. Thank you Zakiyya Ismail and Claire Madgwick for making this weekend possible. To all the fun zone Co ordinators thank you for making the fun zone such a special place. To the speakers thank you for taking the time to spend the weekend with us, sharing. As for the caterers you were 7 star. The food, the service outstanding. And for me it was an honour to reconnect and meet so many like minded families. We are growing. Vernita Reddy

Thank you Zakiyya Ismail and your team for a truly amazing conference filled with support, ideas and freedom. Kym Van Straaten

Randburg Montessori Community

Thank you so much for the wonderful 2 days I have spend with all of you, big people and small people. It was truly wonderful to see the kids having a great time and getting to know each and every single one of them. I do have to apologize for Monday Laundry day. Sonita Young

3rd teacher nature scpes

What a fabulous, mind-expanding, connecting and empowering weekend I had with my boys at this extraordinary event. Thank-you to everyone involved! Ariadne Laura Draudsing Palmos

An amazing unlearning opportunity!!! Thank you to Zakiyya Ismail and Claire Madgwick for orchestrating the Learning Reimagined Family Conference. Also many thanks to all the awesome speakers who have made us realise that we need to change our thinking to change ourselves and then our communities and ultimately the world! Personal Community Sectoral Systemic Fatima Mookadam

It was an amazing and very thought provoking experience. Thank you everyone for making this possible. Kaolin Thomson Woods

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