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					The Southern Voice in Linking

    Thinking about
     North-South
        Linking
North-South Dialogue:
four alternative scenarios reflecting
different practice in linking

  N                                S
 I want to link with you           Scenario 1
 because I think it is important
 that my students:
 •learn about other countries
 •learn how fortunate they are
 •learn that they can make a
 difference to your community



I want to link with you
because I think it is important
that my students:
•learn from you
•learn how good life can be if
they work hard like you
•learn to accept that we need
your help to get to where you
are
I don’t want to     I don’t want to link
link with you       with you because:
because:            •you assume you
•you just want us   have the answers
to give you         for us and that we
resources - you     need your help
are not             •you impose your
interested in       values and decide
changing            what needs to be
•you are            done and how it
unreliable and      should be done
ungrateful          •you think your
•I can’t learn      way is the best
anything useful     way and you think
from you            you are better
                    than us



           Scenario 2
I want to link with you but you
have to understand that:
•we are not going to just accept
the ‘crumbs from the table’
•you are privileged and you just
can’t understand where we are
coming from
•you have colonised us in the past
and you owe us a lot

   I want to link with you because I
   want to make up for the mistakes
   of the past:
   •I want you to tell me what I can
   do
   •I believe your people have the
   answers for a better world
   •I feel guilty that I benefit from   Scenario 3
   the fruits of colonisation
                              Scenario 4


I want to link with you because
we can challenge each others’
perceptions. We can learn new
ways of being, seeing, knowing,
         seeing, knowing,
                     together in
thinking and doing together, in
order to transform our
communities and change the
way we relate to one another.
AN IDEAL SCENARIO…


  I want to link with you because
  we can challenge each others’
  perceptions. We can learn new
  ways of being, seeing, knowing,
           seeing, knowing,
                       together in
  thinking and doing together, in
  order to transform our
  communities and change the
  way we relate to one another.




                           BUT…
… THERE ARE BARRIERS TO ENGAGEMENT IF WE
DON’T LOOK AT WHERE WE ARE COMING FROM…


             I want to link with you
             because we can challenge
             each others’ perceptions.
             We can learn new ways of
             seeing, knowing, thinking
             and doing together. And we
             can change the way we
             relate to one another.
THERE ARE THINGS WE NEED TO ADDRESS…



        FIXED IDEAS ABOUT THE SELF,
        THE OTHER AND THE WORLD
        INCLUDING IDEAS OF DEVELOPMENT
        AND DEVELOPMENT ISSUES.
        PRESENT DAY INEQUALITIES IN
        DECISION MAKING, VOICE, FUNDING,
        RESOURCES, TIME, ACCESS, SUPPORT
        AND TRAINING.
        HISTORICAL INEQUALITIES IN THE
        WORTH ATTRIBUTED TO INDIVIDUALS,
        COMMUNITIES, SOCIETIES AND THEIR
        CONTRIBUTIONS
AND WE NEED TO DEVELOP SKILLS
TO ADDRESS THEM BY …

        Learning to unlearn – learning to
        perceive that what we consider ‘good and
        ideal’ is only one perspective. Our
        perspective is related to where we come
        from socially, historically and culturally.
        Learning to listen – learning to
        recognise the effects and limits of our
        perspective, and to be receptive to new
        understandings of the world.
        Learning to learn – learning to receive
        new perspectives, to re-arrange and
        expand our own and to deepen our
        understanding - thinking beyond our limits.
        Learning to reach out – learning to
        apply this learning to our own contexts and
        in our relationships with others continuing
        to reflect and explore new ways of being,
        thinking, doing, knowing and relating.
BUT HOW?
HERE IS A WAY …

   LET’S START
   WITH ONE KEY ISSUE
   WHICH NEEDS
   EXPLORING:

   COLONIALISM
Many people both in the North and the South argue that colonialism has
created a timeline of progress and placed cultures and societies at different
points on it. The societies that have been placed at the top tend to see
themselves as developed, civilised and successful and to view other societies
as primitive and backwards. Some of these societies have taken upon
themselves the mission to civilise, enlighten and
educate the backward ones.
In defining others as inferior, ignorant, traditional and barbaric,
the colonisers have learned to think of themselves as superior,
enlightened, modern and civilised.
Societies that were colonised have responded in different ways:
some have accepted and adopted a view of themselves
 and their culture as inferior.
some have appropriated and transformed the perspective
 of the colonisers.
others have rejected this view completely.
Other aspects of our colonial heritage may include:

• the notion that our beliefs and ideas have universal value

• the belief that ‘we’ have the solutions to ‘their’ problems, the
desire to ‘help them’ and to control agendas, processes and
outcomes

• the desire to study, to analyse, to categorise, to record, to
inscribe and to judge the other.
This still shapes and limits
the way we view ourselves,
perceive the other and
engage with the world.

In order to address these
limitations, we need to look
into our ‘cultural baggage’
and open up to different
understandings.
We need to remember
that, because we are
coming from different
contexts, we will see and
understand things
differently.

This difference is the
greatest source of learning
in the link as it can open
up different possibilities of
understanding on
 both sides.
A link is an opportunity to explore and
‘unpack’ our cultural baggage and to
transform our understandings of the
world in order to create new ways of
being, seeing, knowing, thinking and
doing together.

A good link is a link where
perceptions are challenged
on both sides.
BUT GETTING THERE REQUIRES A LOT OF
WORK TO OVERCOME THE BARRIERS…

         FIXED IDEAS ABOUT THE SELF,
         THE OTHER AND THE WORLD
         INCLUDING IDEAS OF DEVELOPMENT
         AND DEVELOPMENT ISSUES.
         PRESENT DAY INEQUALITIES IN
         DECISION MAKING, VOICE, FUNDING,
         RESOURCES, TIME, ACCESS, SUPPORT
         AND TRAINING.
         HISTORICAL INEQUALITIES IN THE
         WORTH ATTRIBUTED TO INDIVIDUALS,
         COMMUNITIES, SOCIETIES AND THEIR
         CONTRIBUTIONS
IF YOU ARE PREPARED FOR THE CHALLENGE…
  There are many resources which can help you to deepen your
  understanding of the complexities, challenges and opportunities in
  linking. These are some starting points:


PRESENT DAY INEQUALITIES IN                Toolkit for Linking:
DECISION MAKING, VOICE, FUNDING,           opportunities and
RESOURCES, TIME, ACCESS,
SUPPORT AND TRAINING.
                                           challenges
                                           www.build-online.org.uk
FIXED IDEAS ABOUT THE SELF,
THE OTHER AND THE WORLD
INCLUDING IDEAS OF DEVELOPMENT            OSDE initiative
AND DEVELOPMENT ISSUES.
                                          www.osdemethodology.org.uk
HISTORICAL INEQUALITIES IN
THE WORTH ATTRIBUTED TO
INDIVIDUALS, COMMUNITIES,                Through Other Eyes
SOCIETIES AND THEIR
CONTRIBUTIONS
                                         www.throughothereyes.org.uk
THANK YOU



For more information, please contact:
Humanities Education Centre
English Street, London E3 4TA
Tel: 020 7364 6405 Fax: 020 7364 6422
E-mail: heclinking@gn.apc.org


This resource was designed by
Margaret Burr, Vanessa Andreotti and Lynn Mario de Souza.

				
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