Study Circles Facilitators Training Workshops

Study Circles Facilitators Training Workshops


In 2017, during the training, study circle facilitators covered these subjects:

  • What is Education? / The Differences of Formal and Informal Education
  • The Different Forms of Worker / Popular Education
  • What is a Study Circle – The Components?
  • What is Participatory Democracy versus Representative Democracy? / Participatory Democracy is Central to Study Circles
  • The Role of the Study Circle Leader / Characteristics of the Study Circle Participants.


The training is completed with drafting study circle plans to be activated by facilitators.


In 2015 and 2016:

  • Regular sessions have begun for study circles participants. In this year participants planned to form new study circles based on their community needs, while others planned to renew the activities of older study circles like the domestic workers’ choir for example. ABF Sweden came to visit and attended the training sessions during this time.


16 June 2015: Coming¬† together on Youth Day (South Africa) and International Domestic Workers’ Day (global)

  • Study circles were developed by members looking at skills for waste pickers, youth and community food gardens, organising migrant workers, building community solidarity, building choir membership, and development of ICT skills during this phase.
  • On this day the domestic workers’ study circle performed the workers’ drama play they developed as part of organising. During the play, they meet Malawian domestic workers socialising at the park. They ask permission to join them and they explain that unity between domestic workers, male or female, South African or Malawian (in this case) is the objective of the union, “we are all human beings, we are all workers”!