Left wing political education is needed like never before, argues KEITH VENABLES. And a movement of new and inspiring organisations is offering a way forward.
The ILP has a proud history of offering the kind of political education that guides our movement and helps it understand change. Now a new movement is emerging, made up mainly of young women and men encouraged by the atmosphere surrounding Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
And they are not going away.
One example is The World Transformed which has organised a number of significant education programmes – and social events – alongside Labour Party conferences since 2016, attracting many thousands of people to workshops, panel meetings and speaker events, all on sharp key current topics.
Another is the Ella Baker School inspired by Martin Luther King’s mass education programme. They run hundreds of high quality courses.
There are many more similar groups, some of which are meeting in Birmingham on 7 March 2020 to build the reach and effectiveness of much-needed political education.
I’m also collecting information about as many of the established and new groups as possible. Please email me if you have information to share.
Keith Venables is coordinator of the Independent Working Class Education Network.