Foundation Skills for Social Change Certificate Programme

Foundation Skills for Social Change Certificate Programme (FSSC)

What is the FSSC Programme?

There is a high turnover of grassroots leadership in trade unions and community based organisations in a context where resources for education has diminished. The Foundation Skills for Social Change Certificate Programme (FSSC) consists of courses which build the capacity of grassroots leaders in trade unions and community organisations.

The courses are designed to be user-friendly, relevant and practical by IFWEA affiliates who have expertise in these fields. They provide course participants with theoretical and analytical skills to enhance their educational, organising and mobilising roles as grassroots leaders.

The courses below are available in the FSSC Certificate Programme, and will be run globally from 2018:

  • Participatory Learning Methods: An introduction to Workers’ Education
  • Women’s leadership
  • Gender Equity
  • Fashioning a Feminist Workplace Agenda
  • Facilitating Study Circles
  • Social Protection for Workers in the Informal Economy
  • Raising Awareness through Theatre

Who can do the FSSC courses?

The courses in this programme are targeted towards grassroots leaders to reflect on and enhance knowledge at a foundation level. Through interaction and sharing of knowledge grassroots leaders develop foundation level knowledge and skills.

How does the programme work?

  • The duration of each FSSC course is 24 hours, 6 hours are allocated to a practical exercises. The course can be taken online with other enrolled participants or run in a face to face session with participants in the same location.
  • The flexibility of the course is that it can be run over a time span convenient to the participants. It can be run in any language as the course is online and much of the text can be translated by simply using google translate.
  • The materials and resources can also be swopped for ones in a language that participants understand –especially when they are doing this as part of a group in an organisation.

FSSC Programme Course Certificates:

  • Certificates are issued online by the IFWEA Secretariat on completion of the course, indicating that the participant has accomplished the learning objectives of the selected course and that, in the process, has contributed to the global knowledge community through their course activities.
  • The certificate is therefore an acknowledgement that the participant has completed the activities required in the course and in the process has contributed to the building of a global knowledge community of worker educators through sharing their experiences and understanding on the course topic.

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  • If you would like it is run these courses in your organisation – online or offline.
  • If you have an innovative course to offer that targets grassroots leaders, IFWEA offers financial support to design and pilot the course on the OLA.


INDIA Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) Women’s Leadership Course, and PAKISTAN Labour Education Foundation (LEF) Gender Equity Course via IFWEA’s  Online Labour Academy (OLA)


The Indian Academy for Self Employed Women (IASEW) started their four day Women’s Leadership course on OLA in July, after the course was translated into Gujurati. This online and face to face education programme was led by Namrata Bali, director of IASEW. In Pakistan their programme was led by Khalid Mahmood, director of LEF. On the first day IASEW said on Facebook: “This time the online Women Leadership Course is in their mother tongue! Participants of third batch are charged up with the positive energy. More than 20 participants are enrolled in the course.


IASEW also reported that the participants were mixed in terms of being teachers and trainers – with very different levels of education. Pictured here is Manjulaben Parmar: “Don’t go on my grey hair, I am still studying and enhancing my knowledge. So what, if I am only 64 years old!”


IASEW reports that all participants were excited about going digital. Since this was the third time doing the Women’s Leadership Course, IASEW decided to change their strategy: “… (F)or making it a more interactive and good learning experience, all participants will be seated at one location so that there will be lateral learning environment. Options of reading, writing, sharing, dialogue and scanning will be altogether at one space.”


IASEW reported that the participants showed a high level of commitment, even though the state of Gujarat experienced a natural disaster during this time with heavy rains causing flooding and water logging.


The IASEW team went on to have an interactive exchange led by Namrata Bali, with the trade unionists of LEF’s Gender Equity Course, led by Khalid Mahmood for LEF. As IASEW said: “Knowledge has no boundaries!” All agreed that “gender equality is still a huge problem across the globe. Women’s rights remains a critical issue.” Participants from Pakistan shared their learnings on “Gender Equality” with the researchers and trainers of IASEW. The IASEW team also shared their valuable methods of conducting training and tackling such sensitive issues. IASEW stated: “IFWEA’s Online Labour Academy programme is reducing the distance and giving an opportunity to share valuable knowledge across borders.”

©sources: Namrata Bali, Khalid Mahmood, Facebook