I am currently the education officer of the ITF. I have occupied this position since April 2002. I have a long history in trade union education. I was previously the director of ILRIG in Cape Town, South Africa and the projects officer of IFWEA when the secretariat was based in Manchester, England. I have been an IFWEA executive board member since 2012.
IFWEA has an important role to play in building and promoting the role of workers’ education in the labour movement internationally. Given the deep challenges faced by worker and trade union organisations, education is even more critical to developing new ideas and strategies. Participatory methodology builds confidence and participation in organisations, the cornerstones of strengthening collective action. Online labour education contributes to reaching a wider audience, and sharing skills between affiliates. I would like to serve on the executive committee to strengthen the political role of worker’s education as well as IFWEA’s projects and priorities.