Welcome to our
global community
of worker educators!
The International Federation of Workers’ Education Associations (IFWEA) occupies an integral place in the democratic labour movement. We focus on adult education opportunities for workers and their communities. We promote global solidarity through worker education.   KNOW MORE →
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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Digital Strengths
During Covid-19
IFWEA has been developing expertise in interactive online education methods for nearly a decade. This enables us to take a leading role in assisting our global knowledge community cope with the challenges presented by the pandemic. We share democratic, participatory online communication skills that worker educators can use to connect with workers and communities.
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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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LIBRARY

We host a resource library on our website that features global publications on issues such as gender equality, precarious and informal work, collective bargaining and workers’ rights, women’s leadership and building democratic trade unions. All publications are free to download.

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IFWEA E-BULLETINS

Our regular IFWEA e-bulletins keep you updated with the latest courses, programmes, conferences and activities by IFWEA, affiliates and associated organisations. We share news related to the global community of worker educators in both English and Spanish. Scroll down this page to sign up.

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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. 

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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