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Guest post from Training for Transformation delegation


CHE graduate Dan Glass is participating in the Training for Transformation workshop in South Africa. In this personal guest post, he shares his experience and some of what’s been happening:

Dear CHE Family, thanks to all the support from you – the Training for Transformation (TfT) delegation in South Africa which we started in October 2012 is coming to completion and we are becoming more and more driven to support positive social change in our communities. The TfT programme, based on the principles of popular education, involves spending a year developing a new generation of leaders who are self-motivated and whose thinking and practice is grounded in communities’ realities. Through meeting incredible fearless community activists from across Africa and beyond, we are linking local and national initiatives to the global civic movement for international justice. We feel so lucky to have had the opportunity connect with such incredible minds and souls, whom are pioneers in the field of HIV justice, women’s work, anti-Apartheid organising, alternative economics and so much more. TfT has nourished the belly of movements for justice all over the world. Starting with Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness Movement, who along with others helped start TfT to Abahlali – the South African Shack Dwellers Movement to Mamelani ‘listen up!’ in South Africa, the Brazilian Landless Workers Movement (MST) and many more know the magic of TfT.


Here are the tools for transformation that we learnt – ‘the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house’


Verene Nicolas – mail@verenenicolas.org www.verenenicolas.org

Verene hopes she can continue to input on the Training for Transformation course in the future as she always finds the experience soul nourishing.

Amreeta Kaur – amreet99@hotmail.com

Thanks to TfT I am rich with knowledge and support around identifying community needs as well as theory around how to make positive social change possible. This has led me to start up a social enterprise called ‘Bridges out of Poverty and Getting Ahead’ within the Govan area of Glasgow.

Maria Latumahina – maria.latumahina@gmail.com

Over the coming year I am bringing in TfT methodology in a systematic manner to develop a strong alliance of community change agents and building community-government partnerships in Papua.

Dan Glass – alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk www.theglassishalffull.co.uk




members of the Centre for Human Ecology network will be attending a community empowerment Training for Transformation course in South Africa

Dan Glass is an activist and performer. Dan was named one of the UK’s youth climate leaders by the Guardian, and one of Attitude magazine’s 66 new role models for helping bridge LGBTQ and environmental justice movements. A founder of So We Stand, he facilitates programmes dedicated to building the skills of young women, young people of colour, working class people, and queer people and those with different mental and physical abilities as the next generation of leaders in the social justice movement. Get Dan at The Glass Is Half Full

Maria Latumahina has been working on environmental justice for over a decade. She has been working on avoided deforestation and reduced poverty in the Papua province of Indonesia by empowering forest dwelling communities and building leadership of local government to come up with pro poor and sustainable land use policies. This work has resulted in a reduced planned deforestation of about 6million ha. She has just recently started to apply similar tools and methods to the marine and costal ecosystem management in the area where she grew up.


Amreeta Kaur is a trained Community Learning Development worker, her current work is based in Govan where she hopes to develop positive social change by working with grassroots community members to improve public services.



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The programme involves spending a year developing a new generation of leaders who are self-motivated and whose thinking and practice is grounded in communities’ realities. They will be linking local and national initiatives to the global civic movement for international justice. This process of transforming societies for the better and sharing these skills across communities is quite a challenge and they would therefore be very grateful if people would be generous enough to sponsor them.

To donate please email

alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk – this is greatly appreciated. All proceeds will enable the delegation and ongoing communication from S.Africa to happen and further enable the trainings and skills shared back home.

Any contributions would be very much appreciated so thank you in advance for your generosity.

Lots of love from a team facilitating a journey of liberation from oppression!

Transformation is only valid if it is carried out with the people, not for them… Liberation is like a childbirth, and a painful one. The person who emerges is a new person, No longer oppressor or oppressed, but a person in the process of achieving freedom. Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed


CHE graduate and fellow launches WWF Natural Change report

Dave Key, CHE graduate and fellow has co-authored the WWF’s new Natural Change project report, available today both for download and print. From the reports’ executive summary:


This report offers fresh insights into leadership, education, communications and policy for
sustainability: for example, in meeting the aims of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009
and supporting The Low Carbon Scotland: Public Engagement Strategy (Scottish
Government, 2010); and in implementing Curriculum for Excellence and the recommendations
made in Teaching Scotland’s Future (Scottish Government, 2011).


The report is available to download here: http://assets.wwf.org.uk/downloads/wwf_naturalchange2.pdf

More information is available on the Natural Change website: http://www.naturalchange.org.uk/