Foundation Skills for Social Change

What We Do

The IFWEA Foundation Skills for Social Change (FSSC) certificate programme is aimed at grassroots leaders in trade unions and community organisations. The courses, designed by IFWEA affiliates with specific expertise, are user-friendly, relevant and practical. They provide the tools to build educational, organising and mobilising skills as grassroots leaders.

2021 update

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the travel restrictions imposed in numerous countries, the FSSC certificate programme will be run entirely online for 2021, as was successfully done in 2020. The programme will include popular courses such as the Women’s Leadership Course, as well as new courses.

2020 feedback

Due to the global pandemic the FSSC certificate programme was run online for most of 2020. No offline courses were held, due to travel and physical distancing challenges.

  • The Women’s Leadership Course, facilitated by Namrata Bali from the Indian Academy of Self Employed Women (IASEW), attracted 24 participants from organisations in 10 countries. Watch our video presentation on the course
  • How to Design an Online Course has been run four times. Twice was by open invitation, and twice was in-house with the Nigeria Labour Congress and StreetNet. In all, there were 145 participants from 26 countries
  • Three affiliates designed and rolled out online courses with IFWEA’s support, and a further eight affiliates are preparing for the roll out of online courses in 2021. See how the courses ran, who took them, and how they went here
  • Three new courses have been designed in response to the demand for introducing online education to grassroots leaders during lockdown. These courses are: How to obtain and manage an email account | How to use WhatsApp for education | How to run an online study circle

How do IFWEA courses work?

FSSC courses consist of a combination of online interactions in workshop sessions using IFWEA’s Online Labour Academy (OLA). This is a platform where educators and participants can access materials, do assignments and exchange feedback. All courses are pre-tested. Some FSSC courses are also run offline, such as photographic and cultural workshops.

FSSC certificates

Certificates are issued online by the IFWEA Secretariat on completion of a course, indicating that the participant has accomplished the selected learning objectives. The certificate also acknowledges that the participant has contributed to the building of a global knowledge community of worker educators through sharing their experiences and understanding.

How do I sign up?

To explore OLA and register as a participant, click here and follow the instructions. To register on OLA you must have a working email account.

Contributing to the FSSC certificate programme

If you have an innovative course to offer that targets grassroots leaders, IFWEA offers financial support to design and pilot the course on OLA.


To find out more, please contact Saliem Patel (Programme Manager) at or Renaldi Prinsloo (IFWEA Education Online Curriculum Developer) at