WhoWe Are
Founded in 1947, IFWEA is the only international organisation for worker educator associations. We provide a global space for workers to share resources and deepen their understanding of the transformative role of trade union and community struggles. Our affiliate members are drawn from 25 countries in Europe, Asia/Pacific, Africa and North and South America.
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WhatWe Do
We are worker educators, providing education to trade unions and member-based associations in worker communities. IFWEA’s website and Online Labour Academy (OLA) enable resources to be shared globally. Our programmes include Study Circles, Certificate Courses and an annual youth leadership project, while we also facilitate webinars, online dialogue and research.
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IFWEA courses for 2022 include training on digital tools and methods and participatory online pedagogy, as well as courses for admin skills, how to use OLA and more. See our full course brochure here. IFWEA also offers self-paced courses which can be done in your own time and at your own speed. To see our new and updated self-paced courses, click here.

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Study Circles

Study circles enable small groups to learn together about how to advance their interests. They are essential for grassroots leaders to build up vibrant, democratic organisations. IFWEA study circles cover a range of topics including training for shop stewards, moderating online workshops, IT skills and more.

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Foundation Skills

The Foundation Skills for Social Change (FSSC) certificate programme is for leaders in trade unions and community organisations. The courses, designed by IFWEA affiliates with specific expertise, are user-friendly, relevant and practical. They include topics such as women’s leadership, and how to design online courses

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OUR VISION

IFWEA envisions a world where all working people have access to lifelong learning opportunities which enable them to claim and exercise their inalienable rights, responsibilities and freedoms as global citizens.

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OUR MISSION

To build a global knowledge community which facilitates cooperation between worker educators, to advance knowledge, education methodology and practices of democratic worker organisations promoting freedom, justice and equality.

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YGAP

The Youth Globalisation Awareness Programme (YGAP) is a vibrant exposure and exchange programme for young staff members of IFWEA affiliates and associated labour organisations. The programme develops the next generation of worker educators tackle the challenges of the 21st century.
To find out more about our 2021 YGAP programme, and to sign up, click the button below.

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IFWEA HEAD OFFICE

Address: Labour Research Service (LRS), Community House
41 Salt River Road, Salt River 7925, Cape Town South Africa

Postal address: P.O. Box 376 Woodstock 7915 Cape Town South Africa

Telephone: +27 21 486 1118

Fax: +27 21 447 9244

Email: ifweasecretariat@lrs.org.za