About Scottish Education and Action for Development (SEAD)
SEAD has two main aims:
- To challenge the causes of poverty, social injustice and environmental degradation
- To support the community-based movement for positive social change – people collectively tackling challenges which have both a local and global perspective
Our work is based on the following principles:
We believe that dynamic communities have the power to make positive changes in our society. SEAD’s projects support people to become part of this change. We work with communities in Scotland and in the developing world to exchange ideas, knowledge and inspiration. We provide tools and support to turn this into action.
A rootedness in mutual solidarity
SEAD was founded over 30 years ago – the brainchild of a crowd of visionary campaigners and activists, many of whom are still energetic community activists and public figures today. One of our key approaches has been creating links for mutual solidarity, inspiration and co-operation between people facing common challenges in Scotland and around the world. This has resulted in many dynamic partnerships between communities in Scotland, South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Ecuador.
We can all learn from each other
SEAD has grown from a perspective which is grassroots-based and yet holds a strong vision of global justice. Our work is inspired by the experiences of community-based campaigners from around the world. We use popular education principles based on the idea that we all need to learn how to identify, debate and create the changes we want to see in society. You can access more information about this approach here.
This quote from Cathy McCormack, a community activist from Easterhouse, Glasgow sums up that approach:
“In order to create a new world based on justice we need to begin with an education that liberates people’s minds. Only through understanding their past and their present, and analysing their reality can people be free to participate in their future”
A good summary of the educational principles which guide us can be found by looking at the proposals from the Learning for Democracy Group.