Prominent Human Rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa is today representing fellow human rights lawyer Douglas Coltart together with four trade unionists who are accused of plotting civil disobedience in Zimbabwe.
The five were allegedly caught in the possession of Paulo Freire’s book the “Pedagogy of the Oppressed” in 2019.
Dedicated to the oppressed and based on his own experience helping Brazilian adults to read and write, Freire includes a detailed Marxist class analysis in his exploration of the relationship between the colonizer and the colonized. In the book, Freire calls traditional pedagogy the “banking model of education” because it treats the student as an empty vessel to be filled with knowledge, like a piggy bank. He argues that pedagogy should instead treat the learner as a co-creator of knowledge.
Douglas Coltart is a human rights lawyer and a member of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR), an organisation that dedicates itself to promote a culture of human rights, equality, and respect for the rule of law in order to create a just and democratic society in Zimbabwe.