"Reading our reality and writing our own history". Paulo Freire

The Training for Transformation Certificate course is a nine months course divided into four phases. Two residential phases of three weeks each and two home phases of three months each. The residential phases are held at Grail Centre, Kleinmond, Cape Town while more of their practical work is done in their countries. It is a regional course for participants coming from southern Africa.


  • To develop a new level of leadership in the development education field that is grounded in good theory and practice.
  • To build the capacity of teams from NGOs, FBOs and CBOs so as to enhance their ability to engage with local communities to become self reliant in development efforts, link local initiatives to national and global civil society movements.
  • 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.


  • Introduction to understanding the deep psychological blocks in people who have been traumatized by poverty, which hinders the building of trust between and among people with different interests.
  • The development of critical consciousness and creativity in people as initially developed by Paulo Freire in Brazil.
  • Tools and skills to empower local communities to understand fundamental human needs and respond to all forms of poverty and launch community development efforts for self-reliance.
  • Social-economic analysis through organizations of civil society to de-mythologize the fear that they were unable to understand the functioning of society at different levels.
  • Participatory methodologies in basic adult education developed by Freire, Knowles, Benne, Ritvo and other practitioners based on group leadership skills and understanding of group dynamics.


Development practitioners, community organizers from FBO’s, CBOs, NGOs and facilitators with more than three years of experience.


This course is jointly certified by Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin, Ireland, and The Grail Centre Trust. Kimmage runs academic and professional courses for development practitioners. The academic programmes run by Kimmage are internationally recognised and are accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI),which is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. his course is certified by Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin, Ireland. Kimmage is accredited by the Higher Education and training Awards Council which is a full member of the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. More info on Kimmage website.


The total cost of the Certificate Course is R40.000. Organisations meet the travel costs of their staff coming to the course and contribute a minimum of R10. 000 per participant towards food and accommodation.