The opening night party launching two weeks of ‘Training for Transformation – For People With People’ UK courses, led by globally acclaimed South African Director of Training for Transformation Ntombi Nyathi.

Also presenting:

Maria Latumahina
A development activist and adult educator with passion and focus towards liberation of the Papuan people from socio-economic oppression and the environmental injustice

Dan Glass
LGBTQIA+, healthcare and human rights activist, performer, and writer with ‘AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power’ and ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ . Winner of 2017 Activist of the Year at the Sexual Freedom Awards.

Special performance by Zita Holbourne
Award winning human rights, community and trade union campaigner, activist and a multi-genre artist, poet, author, visual artist, designer, curator and vocalist. She campaigns for equality, freedom, justice and rights through arts and activism. She is the co-founder of Black Activists Rising Against Cuts (BARAC UK), co-founder of BAME Lawyers for Justice, and a national organiser of Windrush Day of Action, who has also performed at Glastonbury, UK Parliament, National Diversity Awards, and at the official UK memorial service for Nelson Mandela and UK Parliament Mandela centenary reception.

Training for Transformation (TfT) is an education programme that provides activists, community development workers, artists, freedom fighters and educators with the tools, skills and methodology to mobilise and organise self-mobilised communities to fight for justice and equality. TfT is based on a number of approaches to change. The core of this work is the development of critical consciousness and creativity. It was developed from Paulo Freire’s radically different approach to adult education which helped people “to read their reality and write their own history”, and motivates them to action that transforms their life  situation.

TfT has nourished the belly of movements for justice all over the world. Inspired by popular educator founder Paolo Freire, Sally Timmel and Anne Hope, in collaboration with the late great Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, initiated ‘Training for Transformation’ to empower communities to confront Apartheid, and since then, has inspired activists and communities all over the world.

Sharing from Gavino Divino on ‘How education enforces anti-Blackness through its Whitecentric literary canon’ listen to Gavino’s podcast here. Gavino di Vino is a multilingual artist with roots in the northwest of England and Western Kenya. He weaves his words and inspirations through theatre, film, dress and essay, challenging the poorly-sewn seams of our constrictive, prejudiced societies to reveal the naked freedoms beneath.

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 Opressed


When did it become “acceptable” for a few hundred people to own most of the planet, while millions starve to death, are homeless and dying from diseases because they cannot afford the inflated cost of Big Pharma’s drugs.. There is something profoundly wrong with this picture and activists, educators have to be courageous and call out those who hoard, while the vulnerable millions die young. THAT is our job
Andria Mordaunt veteran ACT UP activist

More info on the ‘Training for Transformation – For People With People’ course can be found here.

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