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“One cannot expect positive results from an educational or political action program which fails to respect the particular view of the world held by the people. Such a program constitutes cultural invasion, good intentions notwithstanding.”

Paolo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Popular Education Network Scotland (PEN) is a grassroots community action group of volunteers committed to providing learning opportunities to activists within their communities.

PEN recognises the limitations of formal education and believes learning opportunities within communities, engaging activists on lived experiences provides the most effective environment for learning.


Short and long articles we thought you could find fascinating


Books recommended by our members. Remember to use your local library!

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Podcasts can be a great way to learn on the go. Here are some of our favourites, but don't forget to listen to our very own Women Uninterrupted.


Videos to play and stream. Great Friday night viewing!


Links to other groups that have similar aims to PEN Scotland.

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