By Dr Hakim Young

6th September 2017

 01 Bees Relate

Bees, in the Kabul University permaculture demonstration plot of the Afghan Peace Volunteers

Perhaps, like ‘bees’ threatened with extinction by neonics,

a complex combination of man-made over-cleverness

has eroded our relationships.

We are at risk of losing the ability

to nurture what we instinctively crave for,

to craft the honey that keeps us alive:


02 Cameron Speaks from His Heart

Cameron in Relational Learning Circle with Maryam and Ivan

I believe that when Maryam, Cameron and Ivan

became friends,

they had begun to save their worlds,

if not themselves.

Digital ‘frantic-ness’ and ‘coldness’

calmed down and warmed up,

just as Cameron affirmed in their recent circle conversation



Relational Learning Circle with Maryam from Afghanistan, Cameron from the U.S., Ivan from Russia



Saying, “ I think Maryam brings up a very valid point about

the power of human relationships.

I think it’s important to have these conversations

not only between young people

but between people of all ages

all across the world.

It’s the power of humanizing one another;

I don’t think it can ever be surpassed.”

04 Join Relational Learning Circles

An Introduction to Relational Learning Circles and Pedagogy


From Afghanistan, Maryam invites all to Relational Learning Circles



Relational Pedagogy is curious, creative, critical, communal and compassionate enquiry and practices based on the science and humane-ness of relationships with all of Nature and the human family, whose purpose is to build egalitarian nonviolent Relational Peace.

Relational Pedagogy developed in Afghanistan out of multiple crisis. The Afghan education system that’s ‘copied’ from today’s global mainstream pedagogies is not able to resolve the many pressing challenges of Afghans or humanity who face the life-threatening crises of climate change, socio-economic inequalities and violence with its nuclear-risk wars. Fresh approaches in education focused on nurturing peaceful, egalitarian and nonviolent mindsets and ways of life are urgently needed. Relational Pedagogy is clearly not the only alternative pedagogy, nor is it new. It pieces together different existing educational methods which are relevant to the conditions and circumstances of the earth and humanity in early 21st century, and it emphasizes egalitarian nonviolent relationships with Nature and all in the human family.

Please download the Introduction to Relational Pedagogy here: Introduction to Relational Pedagogy

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