We are the society for deschooling society

“We have been "schooled" to confuse teaching with learning, grade advancement with education, a diploma with competence, and fluency with the ability to say something new. We have been "schooled" to confuse medical treatment with health care, military poise with national security. Our imagination has been "schooled" to accept service in place of value; the rate race for productive work."

Ivan Illich, Deschooling Society

Globalization and industrial revolution has hugely disconnected the humans from their natural world. The two systems have promoted neo-liberal economic development approaches that has commodified Nature, land and natural resources. The industrial revolution has failed to deliver our individual needs by supporting false and misleading notions of ‘progress’ and ‘development’. These notions are fostered by the belief that ever-increasing production, consumption and profit are proper yardsticks for measuring the quality of human life. The modern learning institutions have become recruiting centres for the personnel of the consumer society, certifying citizens for service, while at the same time disposing off those judged unfit for the competitive rat race. The current crises in the world; financial, fluctuations in food and oil prices, the land grabs and the growing evidence of climate chaos are a testimony that we need a radical change in providing the alternatives that are more appropriate for communities and ecosystems. SALT thus has a niche to offer alternative learning which is deep and transformative. SALT is committed to working with like-minded partners and communities to build examples of alternatives solutions with communities in Kenya and beyond in Africa.