HALIFAX FREE SKOOL




WHAT ARE WE?


The Halifax Free Skool is a open collective where community members can meet to share and exchange knowledge, information, and skills-based learning. It is a grassroots, volunteer-based organization and a working group of the Nova Scotia Public Interest Group (NSPIRG).

The goal of the Free Skool is to provide free and accessible education and skills-based learning to the people of Halifax, covering a wide variety of topics and issues. By breaking down barriers to learning, we aim to expand awareness of alternatives and develop a sense of autonomous and critical thinking.


PRINCIPLES:

1) Everyone is both a student and a teacher.
2) All participation is voluntary.
3) No fees will be charged, although voluntary donations will be accepted.
4) The Halifax Free Skool promotes free culture, and social and environmental responsibility
5) Halifax Free Skool events will be a safe space for everyone. We will not discriminate based on age, gender, ethnicity, class, creed, or sexual orientation. We will try our best to accomodate people with physical or mental impairments.


We currently run our workshop sessions bi-weekly from 11-4 at the North Branch Library, starting April 5th, and then again on the 19th, May 3rd, and so on etc. There is free coffee, tea, and vegetarian food provided at every Free Skool session, as well as childcare!

Food is currently donated by Home Grown Organic Food, Java Blend, and Uncommon Grounds Cafe, so a big thanks to them for their support!

You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22780290173, and if you'd like to be on our regular mailing list just drop us a line at halifaxfreeskool@gmail.com and we will set you up!





EVENTS:


Here's what we've got for SATURDAY, JULY 12th:

11:15 - Independent Radio Journalism Part 1: Field Recordings: A discussion on the importance of campus/community
radio and independant journalism, followed by a demonstration on how to do field recordings and do interviews.
by Neskie and David from CKDU
note: audio from this workshop will be used to produce a piece to be aired on CKDU 88.1FM
12:30 - Raw Foods, facilitated by Angela Allain
1:45 - Introduction to Linux, how and why to use it, by Ted Tibbetts
3:00 - Join organic farmer/activist David Greenberg in a dialog on food and farming. The focus of the evening will be on the big picture of the food crisis and actions we can take to manifest compassion and joy in eating and growing food.


And on July 26th:

11:15 - Independent Radio Journalism Part 2: Script Writing and Audio Editing Software: With audio collected from the previous session, we will learn how to produce a piece for broadcast. The skills learned in this sessioninclude script writing and using Audacity (a Free/Open-Source software) http://audacity.sourceforge. net/download/
by Neskie and David from CKDU
note: audio from this workshop will be used to produce a piece to be aired on CKDU 88.1FM
12:30 - TBA
1:45 - TBA
3:00 - Home Tattooing discussion, by Keegan Lam

There will be, as always, free food + coffee provided, and childcare is available! We also now have some small 'zines and patches available by donation, as well as MP3 CDs of past workshops - and maybe more if we get productive!


OTHER NEWS:

We will be taking the month of August off to plan workshops for September, where we will hopefully be running up to two weeks of regular workshops as the school year starts up again. Anyone interested in participating can contact us at halifaxfreeskool@gmail.com, and more details will be posted here as things develop!





CONTACT US:


If you want to teach a workshop, volunteer, or get more information, email halifaxfreeskool@gmail.com




Links:

http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=22780290173
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_school
www.nspirg.org
http://www.albanyfreeschool.com/
http://portland.freeskool.org/