Training for Transformation Introduction Special Summer UK Courses. Apply here – deadline August 5th

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Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.’ Paulo Freire author of ‘Pedagogy of the Oppressed’

Special Announcement – Training for Transformation Introduction Courses – Special UK training – London – Monday 12- Friday 16th August 2019 and Glasgow Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August 2019.

Training for Transformation (TfT) is an education programme provides activists and educators with the tools, skills and methodology to mobilise and organise self-mobilised communities to fight for justice and equality – rooted in Women’s Liberation and the Black Consciousness Anti-Apartheid struggle it catalyses deep personal and spiritual commitment to freedom. 

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In a rare visit to the UK, globally acclaimed South African Director of Training for Transformation Ntombi Nyathi, leads a training programme on the role of radical education for personal and social transformation to overcome economic, social, racial and spiritual apartheid today. Training for Transformation (TfT) is an education programme that provides activists, community development workers, artists, freedom fighters and educators with the tools, skills and methodology to mobilise and organise self-mobilised communities to fight for justice and equality. TfT is based on a number of approaches to change.
Ntombi will be assisted by Maria Latumahina a development activist and adult educator with passion and focus towards liberation of the Papuan people from socio-economic oppression and the environmental injustice and dan glass – LGBTQIA+, healthcare and human rights activist performer and writer with ‘AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power’ and ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – winner of 2017 ‘Activist of the Year’ at the ‘Sexual Freedom Awards’.


London – Monday 12- Friday 16th August 2019 10-5pm at Saint Barnabas Bethnal Green Church, Grove Rd, Old Ford, London E3 5TG – facebook event page here. 

Launch event on the evening of Monday 12th August at Rich Mix, Shoreditch – ‘The educator has the duty of not being neutral’ – The opening night party launching two weeks of ‘Training for Transformation – For People With People’ UK courses, led by globally acclaimed South African Director of Training for Transformation Ntombi Nyathi with special performance by Zita Holbourne. Facebook event page here.

Glasgow Monday 19th – Friday 23rd August 2019 10-5pm – at Kinning Park Complex – facebook event page here 

7pm launch event launch event on the evening of Monday 19th August at the Centre for Contemporary Arts (CCA) – Training for Transformation UK The Educator has the Duty of not Being Neutral – Launch Party with special guest performers ‘Abi Normal’ Genre spanning acoustic folk angry fanny music punk and rebel tunes, MARK MCGHEE (Girobabies, Jackal Trades, You Call That Radio?) and EMPRESS with her newest release Steg G – Another Day Another Way‘. We will also be showing At the ‘Sharp End of the Knife’ an international feature doc that goes with Glaswegian Cathy McCormack into the Township heartlands of Alexandra, Soweto, Khaylitsha, Manenburg in South Africa, and Easterhouse, Scotland.


“Before I did TfT I was struggling to design a workshop. Now I train others and enjoy designing workshops.” Francisca, Zimbabwe, TFT graduate

‘Upon being accepted to participate in TFT certificate course 2012, could never imagine embarking on a journey that would completely change my view of myself, others and the world. Among several things, two important things I can say, initially, on the TFT: is based on content, processes and practices that leads us to question and reevaluate ourselves, our beliefs and values and, on the other hand, generates a profound positive impact in our lives at personal, social and professional level.’ Gildo Nhapuala, Mozambique, TFT graduate

‘Training for Transformation is by far the most powerful, potent and transformative programme I have ever been lucky to be part of. TfT has nourished the belly of movements for justice all over the world. Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement was a pivotal force lifeforce in tearing down the evils of Apartheid and with growing inequality here in the UK – the fact that the TFT introduction course is coming to the UK couldn’t be better timing!’ dan glass, UK, TFT Graduate.

Costs –
£50-100 unwaged
£100 – 250 waged
£200 – 300 NGO / Charity
£300- 400 Corporate

Accessibility –
Creche – We are currently organising creche facilities – if this is required please let us know in the application form
Contact for all requests and collaborations.
Training for Transformation MethodologyTfT is based on a number of approaches to change. The core of this work is the development of critical consciousness and creativity. It was developed from Paulo Freire’s radically different approach to adult education which helped people “to read their reality and write their own history”, and motivates them to action that transforms their life  situation. The uniqueness of Freire’s approach challenges the traditional  educational mould. The implementation of this theory is very practical  with well trained teams analysing the macro and micro realities of each area, finding generative themes and developing programmes that aim to  develop critical consciousness and action. TfT has inspired activists and communities all over the world. To mention just a few – the Centre for Human EcologySo We StandAbahlali – the South African Shackdwellers Movement, Centre for Youth Resources Foundation Network (CRYfoNe), Mamelani, the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) and many more know the magic of TfT.
TFT Introduction Course Contents – Read more here
  • Understanding the strengths skills and experiences within groups.
  • Investigating the Socio, economic and political environment.
  • Fundamental Human Needs and Pathologies.
  • Exploring, economic, social, and political facets of poverty and investigate the ways by which organizations engage with communities and local authorities respond.
  • Design and Facilitate Community Dialogue based on issues that worry people the most.
  • Carry out a listening survey.
  • Design and facilitate community conversations based on the listening survey.
  • Identify 20 people who could be trained as change agency.
  • Reflect on lived and work experience with skills and methods learned in phase one and two.
  • Learn and practice ethical choices in leadership.
  • Dialogue on eco-spirituality, especially the role of indigenous spirituality in promoting social justice.
  • Explore gender roles of women in their family, community and in organizations.
  • Explore and practice lobby and advocacy on identified issues on leadership, indigenous spirituality, and women’s rights.
  • Project monitoring and evaluation. 


VISION  – A new level of critically conscious leaders in development education whose theory is grounded in practice.

MISSION – To build a vibrant global movement of TfT animators from strategic organizations and initiatives with the ability to enhance communities’ capacity to own and control development initiatives.

AIM  – (1) To build the skills, insights and abilities of teams, from NGOs, FBOs and community organisations, to empower local self-reliant community development efforts and link such efforts within wider national and global civil society. (2) To build confidence, knowledge and skills to work with and challenge local and national governments to ensure macroeconomic policies that are to the advantage of the marginalised. (3) To develop a new level of leadership in the development education field that is grounded in good theory and practice.
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Facilitation Team 
Ntombi Talent Nyathi, Director Training for Transformation
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‘Popular Education in our times could be summarised in two words, awakening and humanization. Awakening in this discussion points out to personal journeys and experiences. What is this ‘Self’? What enables the ‘Self’ to connect with the individual? Experiences may inspire the individual to find their purpose connect with others ’collective’ and take actions that lead to humanization. Humanization in essence refers to the individual or collective actions that honour, recognizes and respect human dignity. However, it is inevitable to note that transformation begins with the self, enfolds into the family, community, society and the universe.. However, liberation is not carried out for the people but with them. When people organize themselves for change they have the power to transform their reality into new world. This is the processes of humanization.’

Maria Latumahina 
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Maria Latumahina is an independent consultant with a passion for and and focus on the liberation of the Papuan people from socio economic and environmental injustice. Since her graduation from TfT diploma course in 2013 she has been applying TfT method and tools for 4 years working with highland and coastal communities of Villages in Papua and West Papua provinces of Indonesia. Her work with communities in Raja Ampat district has resulted in poverty alleviation of 100 families running an ecotourism business with annual gross revenue of 1,2m USD. The work in Numfor has resulted in 40 community members set up a cooperative  on Virgin Coconut Oil. 

“My upbringing is the time full of pain that I wanted to forget. Here, I realize how it has shaped me. My determination to survive led me to discover the opportunities of running a homestay business and that make me “somebody”. I am a Papuan woman and I want to see all Papuan women to become economically  independent” (Angelina Dimara, Warkabu village, December 2013).

I became aware of myself, my family and my community. It is because of this awareness that we started a garbage management programme in our village. Using pre-schools children we raised awareness on the dangers of burning plastics. The village is now clean. We have planted more that 200 Mahogany trees. We grow our own food in the gardens….” Parcella from Kenyan Village

Dan Glass 
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dan glass is a sex-positive, queer, healthcare and human rights award-winning activist, performer and writer. Reforming ‘Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) London chapter in 2012 has catalysed healthcare and sex-positive programmes including campaigning for PREP, HIV Blind Date, protecting the National Health Service as well as enabling ‘HIV anti-stigma classes as part of the Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer. Dan has won Attitude Magazine’s campaigning role models for LGBTQI youth + a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’ and 2017 ‘Activist of the Year’ with the ‘Sexual Freedom Awards’. An agitator from the Training for Transformation educational programme born out of the Anti-Apartheid movement, the core of dan‘s work is the development of critical consciousness and creativity to spur people ‘to read their reality and write their own history’. His recent programmes involve MC’ing ‘Shafted?!’ a speakeasy led by people with HIV and the ‘Never Again Ever! Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer.  Dan recently co-founded ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ see below. Contact dan at and at – Twitter #danglassisfull 

Alessandro Marini –
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An artist, community activist and facilitator working in Glasgow. His man focuses being the empowerment of people by helping to create platforms in which participants can share skills and knowledge in a critical way.  He has previously done this for: Political workshops in Glasgow for the Radical Independence Campaign, Artistic workshops in Glasgow and abroad, feedback workshops for the Glasgow School of Art. His current involvement in the North of Glasgow hopes to see an umbrella platform forming in order to give locals greater access to facilities and specialist knowledge on a range of subjects, whilst also creating a platform for local networking and discussion. 

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Cathy McCormack lives in Easterhouse, Glasgow. A long-term campaigner on housing, health, poverty and the environment she is also widely known as a popular educator and social commentator.  An inspiring speaker, her writings and broadcasts have received international acclaim. Read more at Cathy’s blogs to god and her acclaimed book ‘The Wee Yellow Butterfly.’   
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Zita Holrbourne is an award winning  human rights , community and trade union campaigner  and activists and a multi-genre artist,  Poet, author, visual artist, designer, curator and vocalist. She campaigns for equality, freedom, justice and rights through arts and activism. She is the co-founder of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts, BARAC UK, co-founder of BAME Lawyers for Justice, a national organiser of Windrush Day of Action who has also performed at Glastonbury, UK Parliament, National Diversity Awards and at the official UK memorial service for Nelson Mandela and UK Parliament  Mandela centenary reception. 
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Abi Normal... is not normal. Genre spanning acoustic folk angry fanny music punk and rebel tunes, she writes and performs on guitar and voice, and likes a good story. She also composes music for the poetry of Victoria McNulty, as seen in ‘Confessionals’ and, coming soon, ‘Exiles’ (Dec ’19). Find her at Fail Better or propping up a karaoke bar…

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Empress : with hard hitting lyrics, incredible penmanship and clear skill, she’s a force to be reckoned with. Currently working on her 3rd EP and debut album, the SAMA nominated rapper was the first female to be featured on BBC Socials Frontseat Freestyle. She also featured in the BBC documentary, Loki’s History of Scottish Hip-Hop and performs as part of The Air In Between collective. 
Mark McGhee
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Mark McGhee’s rhymescapes cut a reality out of late night epiphanies, journeys into the muliverse and growing-up-in-the-West of Scotland histories that pull from a depth of perspective which comes across centuries longer than the last 10 years where he’s been making things happen as a musician, promoter and instigator in the Scottish Hip Hop, Music, Poetry & Spoken Word scenes. In his various musical and poetic guises (The Girobabies, Jackal Trades, Markmywords, Frank Foodie, YCTRadio) he spits lines sometimes seemingly absurd, but which thread a truth in imagery and spirit and reverberate in the genres his solo work and collaborations jump headfirst into. The dedication to critical satyre in his lyrics makes his albums a more informative read than all mainstream news. Mark McGhee is bringing Steve Mason to The Barrowlands in Glasgow on 21st September. Get a ticket.

Andria Mordaunt 
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Andria began AID Activism in 1988, when she helped set up Mainliners, the UK’s first Support Group for HIV-affected drugs users. She then worked as THT’s Drugs Counselling Officer for 3 years. It was during those years, that she was most involved with ACT.UP. When the onslaught of dying co-workers and friends was non-stop & relentless. Harm Reduction, i.e. access to clean needles, condoms and heroin substitutes is the best way to prevent HIV in injectors/slammers and she has literally gone all over the world promoting it, with her focus being the self-organisation of x/current Injection Drugs Users, including in her MSc dissertation (2004). When her life partner died from AIDS in 1995, she founded The John Mordaunt Trust, a peer support and advocacy project for daily drugs users, to honour John’s memory. This became political rapidly leading her to Drug Policy reform internationally. Still in ACT.UP she has been most active in highlighting HCV which numerically is more of a threat to IDUs. Andria also has a 10 yr old daughter Milly, who keeps her on her toes more than even ACT.UP can! See Users Voice for more.