Adapting Paulo Freire’s work to our changing reality 

The Training for Transformation Diploma course is an in-depth study and exploration of the Key Concepts of Paulo Freire, reflecting on the applicability of such concepts top enhance the work of the organizations in communities with whom they engage.

The Training for Transformation Diploma course is an international course offered at the Grail Centre in Kleinmond, near Cape Town in South Africa. Each course consists of four phases, the first and the third of which are residential teaching courses, and the second and fourth are applied field work in the home communities of the participants, under the guidance of country mentors.

2017- 2018 Diploma course 

This one-year international course is divided into four phases:
Residential Phases
2 June 2017 – 02 August 2017 (Phase 1)
17 January 2018 – 21 March 2018 (Phase 3)
Home Phases
03 August 2017 – 16 January 2018 (Phase 2)
22 March 2018 – 01 June 2018 (Phase 4)

Download Application form and Course requirements


  • To build a new level of leadership in the development education field that is grounded in good theory and practice.
  • To build the skills, insights and abilities of teams, from NGOs and community organisations, to empower local self-reliant community development efforts and to link these efforts within wider national and global movements within 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.


  • 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, creativity and ethical leadership that enables people to ‘read their reality and write their own history’ as initially developed by Paulo Freire in Brazil.
  • The deepening of ecological-social-economic analysis through organizations of civil society to de-mythologize the fear that they were unable to understand the functioning of society.
  • Participatory methodologies in basic adult education developed by Freire, Knowles, Benne, Ritvo, Illich, Horton and other practitioners based on group leadership skills and understanding of group dynamics.
  • Forms of organizational development that encouraged creativity, responsibility and build a learning organisation based on action and reflection.
  • The link between culture and spirituality that encouraged and enhanced deep long-term commitment towards justice.


Participants are required to:

  • Attend the residential course full time.
  • Write weekly and final papers.
  • Conduct skills practice sessions during the home phases and submit reports on these.


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


  • Experienced trainers/organizers with at least three to five years of experience working with grassroots groups.
  • Be employed or actively engaged with community work.
  • A high level of skill in speaking, reading and writing in English.
  • A signed agreement to serve their organisation for three years after graduation from Training for Transformation.


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. More info on Kimmage website.


The Diploma Course tariff is USD 7 000 to cover transport, full board and lodging. Bursaries could be available to participants from organizations in need. However, such organizations are required to pay a minimum fee of USD 2 500 plus 100 per cent transport to and from South Africa. For South African organizations in need of support please contact 028 271 4887 or send an email to tft@grailprogrammes.org.za.