Unlike the famous boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Smokin’ Joe Frazier, the Asian Global Justice School (AGJS) at the International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE) in Manila was a showdown between political heavyweights, with much less violence and much more love and cooperation – that is, until the karaoke comes out!
From 17th of July until the 7th of August 2011, the IIRE Manila, the sister organization of the IIRE based in the Philippines, held its third Asian Global Justice School. Like the yearly Global Justice Schools in Amsterdam, this school aims to provide a space for debate, exchange of information, knowledge and experiences and networking between international social justice activists - but with a specific focus on the Asia-Pacific region and Asia in general.
The IIRE-Manila made a huge step forward in its second Global Justice School in August, with 22 attendees discussing context, movements and on alternative organizing for change. It can confirm that ten organisations are likely to take part in the third school, in the summer of 2011, and that numerous seminars will take part at the Manila campus before then. However, financial support remains needed to help participants to travel to Manila.
Les files interminables dans Quezon City aux Philippines sont compensées par la seconde École altermondialiste qui s’est tenue du deux au vingt en un août . J’y ai participé en tant que membre du Comité Politique des Pauvres – Parti Démocratique du Peuple (KPRM-PRD) avec dix autres activistes de gauche venus de Taïwan, des Philippines, du Sri Lanka, du Bangladesh, du Japon et du Pakistan. Il s’agissait d’une école de formation de trois semaines organisée par l’IIRE de Manille.
The never ending traffic jams of Quezon City, Philippines, found its ‘compensation’ in the second Asian Global Justice School on August 2-2 1. Representing the Political Committee of the Poor-People’s Democratic Party (KPRM-PRD), along with 10 other left activists from Taiwan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Japan and Pakistan, I participated in a three-week school in Manila organised by International Institute for Research and Education (IIRE)-Manila.
The IIRE-Manila recently concluded its first high-profile acitivity, the first Asian Global Justice School. The set-up of the school was inspirired by the many succesful Global Justice School held at the IIRE-Amsterdam. The IIRE-Manila was set up to facilitate educational sessions similar to those organised by the IIRE-Amsterdam, especially for social justice activists from Asia that often have trouble obtaining visa necessary to attend the schools in Amsterdam. Another aim was to provide a perspective more centered on the Global South.
Depuis 1982, l'existence de l'Institut International de Recherche et de Formation à Amsterdam (IIRF Amsterdam) a été un instrument pour regrouper des militants de tous les continents habités, pour des échanges critiques de pensées et d'expérience dans la lutte quotidienne pour l'émancipation de tous les opprimés.