Webinar: Training for transformation – The Paulo Freire method

Mauritius priest and social activist, Fr Filip Fanchette, will be the presenter for our next ACI webinar on Tuesday 12 September at 7.30pm AEST.

He will address the topic “Training for transformation – The Paulo Freire method.”

Paulo Freire

Born in Recife, Brazil in 1921, Paulo Freire, was an educator, who became best known in the English-speaking world for his book “Pedagogy of the Oppressed,” which explained his method of consciousness-raising among the illiterate poor.

During the early 1960s, Freire worked closely with Archbishop Helder Camara and other Brazilian lay leaders from the jocist movements, who were also among the pioneers of the Basic Christian Communities movement. As Freire acknowledged himself, his methods owed much to the see-judge-act method of the jocist Specialised Catholic Action movements.

Freire was imprisoned for 70 days following the military coup in Brazil in 1964, ending up in exile in Bolivia for a short period before moving to Chile where he was able to continue his educative work.

A Christian socialist, he later worked for the World Council of Churches in Geneva as a special education adviser.

He died in 1997.

Filip Fanchette

Mauritian Fr Filip Fanchette studied for the priesthood in Rome before eventually going to study and work with the Paris-based INODEP (Ecumenical Institute for the Development of Peoples), whose founder and first president was Paulo Freire.

He later followed in Paulo Freire’s footsteps to become director of adult education at the World Council of Churches.

Since then, Fr Filip has worked around the world training grassroots groups. For example, he contributed greatly to the development of the DELTA training program in Kenya, organized by Anne Hope and Sally Timmel, later written up as Training for Transformation.

As a result of his work a small team who had participated in the training started working informally in the UK with a number of groups. Participants included church groups, community projects and workers in NGOs. The team members also applied the principles in their own work settings, including academic social policy, theology, community work and industrial mission.

He will present the ACI webinar together with several of his former students and collaborators from South Africa.


Date and time: Tuesday 12 September 2023, 7.30pm AEST