A project that started back in 2009, Trade School Manila was an experiment created by a group of New Yorkers which they used as an opportunity to work and showcase their knowledge through a collective of self-organized barter-for-knowledge schools across the world. And over the course of 35 days, more than 800 people participated in 76 single session classes ranging from scrabble strategy to composting, from grant writing to ghost hunting. But what makes these classes so interesting is in exchange for the knowledge of these volunteered teachers, they would be paid for something they would want to use.
From new running shoes to a box of branded clothes, Trade School Manila is a barter-based learning community where, instead of money, students pay for their class in the form of a "barter item" or a "gift" which they pledge to bring from their teacher’s wish list.
Back in 2012, a group of friends consisting of Vanessa Abastillas, Jamaica Eileen Cachuela, Joanna Capones, Kristine Enriquez, Ethel Katrina Francisco, Antoinette Jadaone, Dana Salonga, and Clarice Fong heard about the barter-for-knowledge classes in Singapore and reached out to the New York organizers to look into bringing this interesting platform to Manila. For over two years, enrollees enjoyed classes ranging from arts to skill-based classes such as playing musical instruments, basic directing, calligraphy, and journaling.
After going on a hiatus for a couple of years, former Trade School Manila teacher Alexa Arabejo is bringing this learning platform back to revive the #BarterforKnowledge movement!
Over the next two weekends (June 23-24 and June 30-July 1,) a new breed of teachers from Trade School Manila welcomes us across the neighbourhood cafes and creative spaces all over Makati, Manila, and Quezon City. Classes this season cover various topics from lifestyle, arts and crafts, to business, and more! Aside from enrolling in these classes, you can also volunteer, teach, or share your space. Interested? Just visit their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TradeSchoolManila/ and start learning!
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