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Training for Transformation 2017-18 Diploma course. Apply now!
The in-residence phases in Kleinmond are:
02 June 2017 – 02 August 2017 (Phase 1) and 17 January 2018 – 21 March 2018 (Phase 3)
Download Course requirements (PDF) and Application form (DOC)

Anne Hope Legacy Fund
Sponsoring a woman for training in the Training for Transformation course.
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Training for Transformation is one of the Grail programmes. It is a course designed for community development workers. TFT is founded on the philosophy that there is a need for a new generation of leaders in development who are self-motivated and whose thinking and practice is grounded in communities’ realities. At the same time, Training for Transformation recognizes the importance of linking local and national initiatives to the global civic movement. It is a course for those concerned with the process of transforming societies. The training is based on the four manuals 'Training for Transformation' written by Anne Hope and Sally Timmel.  The books combine and simplify Paulo Freire's theory of adult education with other critical thinkers in the same field such as Rivo Tivo.  Since 2002, the TfT Course trained more than 200 development workers from 106 organisations and 18 countries.


A new level of leadership in development education  whose theory is grounded into practice.


To impart skills, methods and tools that empower teams from strategic organizations and enhance their capacity to organize engage with communities to own and control development programmes that impact their lives.


  • To build the skills, insights and abilities of teams, from NGOs, FBOs 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 macroeconomic 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 and creativity. 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. The implementation of this theory is very practical with well-trained teams analysing the macro and micro realities of each area, finding generative themes and developing programmes that aim to develop critical consciousness and action.

‘Training for Transformation’ can be described as a great river originating in a number of different springs... Read More Article by Anne Hope 

TfT success stories (PDF)