Theatre and drama is a powerful medium to engage members of organisations in education. This course provides participants with basic skills and methods to construct productions that raise awareness on challenges, strategies and campaigns of trade unions and community based organisations.
- Teacher: Penny Hlakula
This course aims to support working women and women seeking employment to individually and collectively respond to the conditions of gender discrimination, harassment and unequal treatment working women face - through analyzing and learning from our day-to-day experiences and sharing strategies for addressing these inequalities.
This course is part of the IFWEA Foundation Skills for Social Change Certificate Programme.
The struggle for gender equity is often suppressed in favour of what is considered as gender neutral struggles like better working and social conditions, higher wages, secure employment, job creation, health, housing, pension and other social protection benefits. It does not take much analysis to discover that these demands should include gender dimensions if the struggles for them are to bring about meaningful and substantial improvements in society. This foundation skills course on Gender Equity assists participants to take forward the struggle for fender equity, conceptually and practically, in their organisations, at their work place and in their communities using interactive and participatory education methods.
This course is for all interested in facilitating study circles. It begins with the values and ethics of workers education. This is followed by the theory and pedagogy of workers education concludes with best practice study circle methods for encouraging interaction and participation as well as materials on curricula design and other general tips.
- Teacher: Saliem PATEL
This course explores the complexity of developing solidarity within a trade union network. While union networks are different from each other, they all ultimately strive to build solidarity between workers and unions across national borders. Ultimately the network is evaluated by its ability to build global solidarity. The first section of the course focuses on establishing a share vision for the network, that is, what is the change that we want to see and poses the question: if we do not have a shared vision can there be solidarity? The second part of the course focuses on a shared programme for the network, that is, the network has established a programme through the contribution of all involved based on their interests. The third section explores what needs to be learnt to carry out the programme, that is, how do we ensure that we have the knowledge and the skills to carry out the programme and ultimately attain our vision. The aim of the course is, therefore, to strengthen trade union networks and to provide them with the tools to build global solidarity.
- Teacher: Saliem PATEL