Sources of inspiration
Training for Transformation is often associated with Paulo Freire’s work. This Brazilian educator struck a chord in the minds of many practitioners in the fields of adult education and community development when his book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed was published Freire’s work and life has been documented extensively.
The seeds of Training for Transformation were planted when Anne Hope and I met at Boston University, USA in 1969.Anne and I came from very different backgrounds. Anne was a white South African who was raised in urban Johannesburg under apartheid rule.
Today we call it ideation. In those days we called it envisioning. TFT is a vision come to life, literally a skeleton that now has flesh and veins and blood flowing through it.
It was in 1977 that I attended the first International DELTA programme in Kenya together with my companion John Khanna (of happy memory) also another Jesuit priest. When I was asked by our Development coordinator to go for this programme.
Transformation in action
Currently active countries
“Transformation is only valid if it is carried out with the people,
not for them.Liberation is like childbirth, and a painful one.
The person who emerges is a new person:
no longer either oppressor or oppressed,
but a person in the process of achieving freedom.”
Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed
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