GLOBAL – SOUTH AFRICA: YGAP stats for 2012 – 2019

GLOBAL – SOUTH AFRICA: YGAP stats for 2012 – 2019

The IFWEA Youth Global Awareness Programme (YGAP) is a much anticipated annual exposure and exchange programme for young staff members of IFWEA affiliates and the labour organisations who are the beneficiaries of their services. The two-week immersive programme is an integral part of the drive to build a global knowledge community of worker educators and…

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GLOBAL – SOUTH AFRICA: The YGAP 2019 Postcard Project

GLOBAL – SOUTH AFRICA: The YGAP 2019 Postcard Project

The YGAP 2019 Postcard Project is an integral part of the overall YGAP programme. Every year the programme concludes with participants producing an educational intervention to take back to their organisations in the form of a multi-media postcard. Participants receive guidance on cultural sensitivity and media ethics before preparing their postcards. Each year there is…

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FINLAND: Collective bargaining process in the technology sector suspended

FINLAND: Collective bargaining process in the technology sector suspended

FINLAND: Collective bargaining process in the technology sector suspended By Milla Leppänen, IFWEA Secretariat intern Negotiations within the technology sector have not reached a new two year agreement since beginning in August 2019. The existing agreement expired on 31 October 2019. The suspension of negotiations is not preferred but is necessary, as the negotiating parties…

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ONLINE UPGRADE: The OLA Learning Management System underwent an upgrade

ONLINE UPGRADE: The OLA Learning Management System underwent an upgrade

The IFWEA Online Learning Academy (OLA) underwent an upgrade in 2019, with the aim of creating a more accessible front page, for user-friendliness and easy navigation to courses. In addition, the Moodle/OLA system was upgraded to 3.6. Moodle is an online Learning Management System enabling educators to create their own private website filled with courses…

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SOUTH AFRICA: The Youth Global Awareness Programme (YGAP) 2019

SOUTH AFRICA: The Youth Global Awareness Programme (YGAP) 2019

The Youth Global Awareness Programme (YGAP) 2019 was run at Community House, Cape Town, South Africa from 6  to 19 October 2019. The theme for this year was Education for Social Change: Popular not Populist. Nearly 30 participants and programme coordinators from seven countries took part in the immersive two-week programme of interactive workshops, seminars…

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, SOCIAL ACTION: A hands-on photography and visual course

LIGHTS, CAMERA, SOCIAL ACTION: A hands-on photography and visual course

Lights, Camera, Social Action is a hands-on photography and visual course. It attracted a number of participants from South Africa for 2019. The first part looks at how the visual language of photography can be used and how it has been used in history to represent ideas that have led to changing the way people think. By examining…

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EDUCATION FOR EMPOWERMENT: A social psychological approach to education

EDUCATION FOR EMPOWERMENT: A social psychological approach to education

The aim of Education for Empowerment: The social aspects of learning designed to promote citizenship is to introduce a social psychological approach to education and for participants to combine these ideas with their experiences and expertise in participatory education. The course attracted participants from Peru, Ireland, Turkey and South Africa, and was facilitated by course instructor…

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ACTIVIST ECONOMICS: A critical overview of mainstream economics

ACTIVIST ECONOMICS: A critical overview of mainstream economics

Activist Economics was successfully run in 2019 with participants from Zambia, Kenya, Swaziland, Tanzania, Lesotho, New Zealand, Lebanon, Ireland and South Africa. It is a six-week, critical overview of mainstream economics and of the basic principles of an alternative, more socially-conscious “political economy.” It surveys and debunks myths about what the economy is and how it works. Economies…

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ZAMBIA: The Online Workers’ Education workshop was successfully run

ZAMBIA: The Online Workers’ Education workshop was successfully run

Online Workers’ Education: Values, Methods and Curriculum Design for Trade Unions in Zambia is a course which provides an introduction to online workers’ education with a focus on values, methods and curriculum design. It was run in 2019. It is a practical course for participants from Zambian trade unions to experiment with participatory online activities…

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PARTICIPATORY LEARNING METHODS: For grassroots worker leaders and educators

PARTICIPATORY LEARNING METHODS: For grassroots worker leaders and educators

Participatory Learning Methods: An Introduction to Workers’ Education is a course for grassroots worker leaders and educators who want to broaden their understanding of workers’ education and learn about participatory learning methods. In 2019 it attracted a large group of participants from countries including Cambodia, Namibia, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Uganda and more. The course begins by…

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