Study Circles for Social Change Programme

Study Circles for Social Change Programme

Study circles enable small groups of participants to learn together, and from each other, about how to advance their interests and needs using a democratic, interactive and participatory method of education. Study circles of grassroots leaders in trade unions and community organisations are essential for building vibrant democratic organisations with an active membership. IFWEA supports affiliates to develop a study circle programme through training and mentoring study circle facilitators to build confidence, encourage critical thinking and promote active participation. The programme also supports online interaction between study circle facilitators in different countries to share experiences on curricula, materials and pedagogy of study circles and build a global knowledge community.

Get involved:

  • Share your study circle curricula, materials and methods and meet up with study circle facilitators from other organisations  by joining the IFWEA – Study Circles for Social Change community on Facebook here
  • Promote study circles in your organisation through running the various courses available on the IFWEA online labour  academy – click here for OLA  and contact the IFWEA secretariat for support with this: email  ifweasecretariat@lrs.org.za
  • To find out more about study circles:
    • Do the “Facilitating Study Circles” Course which is an open course on the online labour academy here
    • Contact the IFWEA secretariat: ifweasecretariat@lrs.org.za


CAPE TOWN – 2014: LAUNCH OF STUDY CIRCLES – study circle educators launched activities  in communities, read more about the community care workers’ study circle that was established and the learning exchange between South African and Sweden here.







STUDY CIRCLES EDUCATOR TRAINING 2014 to 2017

  • training on the study circles methodology was facilitated regularly to develop the skills of participants to do study circles education activity… read more here



DOMESTIC WORKERS’ STUDY CIRCLE FORMS A WORKERS’ CHOIR 2014 to 2015

  • read about the activities of the domestic workers’ study circle group that formed a choir, as well as experimenting with street theatre focusing on organising migrant workers here







SOUTH AFRICA – KHAYELITSHA:

Educator Thandiwe Mandlevu – Sewing Skills for Youth

Khayelitsha, 2017 – Thandiwe Mandlevu from Lorna Mfolana Parents Movement organised young members into a study circle through sharing basic sewing skills.

  • She says: “I learnt how to organize and facilitate. I also learnt about creating a learning environment and structure. To share knowledge through running a learning event”.  read more about the study circle here





NEPAL – INDIA: CLASS NEPAL

Educator Goma Pandey facilities Women Leadership Course in Nepal, run by Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) in India – using the Online Labour Academy (OLA).

Kathmandu, 2017 – Goma Pandey taught participants using the study circles methodology in face to face and online sessions. Participants therefore completed the Women’s Leadership Course and become more proficient on Internet Technology.

She says: “The participants are so comfortable in IT now. The course of SEWA has inspired us to make our own course in Nepal on Women’s Leadership, adopting some of the references we found  in the Indian course.”







GLOBAL: SOUTH AFRICA – SWEDEN – BOLIVIA

#ICANTKEEPQUIET study circle – Solidarity with the women’s movement in USA, and globally

Cape Town, 2017 – This global study circle was inspired by the anthem #ICANTKEEPQUIET sung by a choir of women at the Women’s March on Washington in the United States of America on 21st January 2017. In Cape Town the study circle included 8 women from IFWEA affiliates and organisations based at Community House including Access Trust, SADSAWU, Housing Assembly, OPIC and WWMP… read more about the study circles here