- To build the skills, insights and abilities of teams, from NGOs and community organisations, to empower local self- reliant community development efforts and link such efforts within wider national and global civil society.
- To build confidence, knowledge and skills to work with and challenge local and national governments to ensure macro-economic policies that are to the advantage of the marginalised.
- To develop a new level of leadership in the development education field that is grounded in good theory and practice.
Training for Transformation is based on a number of approaches to change.
The core of this work is the development of critical consciousness, creativity and action.
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. The uniqueness of Freire’s approach challenges the traditional educational mould and uses popular education methodology.
The implementation of this theory is very practical with well trained teams working with communities/other groups to – find generative themes, analyse the macro and micro realities of each area and develop programs that aim to raise critical consciousness and lead to action that transforms the situation and people’s lives. Since 2002 the TfT Course has trained more than 200 development workers from 106 organisations and 18 countries.
Transformation is only valid if it is carried out with the people, not for them...The person who emerges is a new person, no longer oppressor or oppressed, but a person in the process of achieving freedom. It is only the oppressed who by freeing themselves, can free their oppressors. (Paolo Freire)