“Building Peoples’ Power to fight against Poverty, Hunger and Unemployment”

FSJ SOCIAL

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SISHOSHOVU SESIVUTSEVUTSE WINTER SCHOOL -JUNE 2015.

The Foundation For Socio Economic Justice envisioning a society free from hunger, poverty, inequality and the abuse of power, towards one based on the equitable distribution of resources and the full participation and inclusion of all the people in all processes of decision-making and governance.In its work commits in the strengthening of people based movements through building peoples power for the change they demand.

In seeking to ensure this vision is fulfilled. The foundation began in 2013 conducting annual winter school with the main aim of building and sustaining peoples power and ensuring consistent activism.

The 2015 FSEJ Winter School has been dedicated a space and platform for activists, trade union movements, and grassroots based peoples’ organizations, civil society formations and church groups to work together in crafting responses to the constant regressive and oppressive socio economic environment in Swaziland.

The school aimed to contribute to responses that continue to emphasize social solidarity, popular democracy and organization/unity in the fight against poverty, hunger and unemployment. This is what the overall theme “Building Peoples’ Power to fight against Poverty, Hunger and Unemployment” represents.

This school provided a social, economic and political lens on poverty, hunger and unemployment, by laying out a theoretical framework for understanding the process by which the majority of the Swazi people are systematically disadvantaged. Furthermore, the school looked at ways in which FSEJ, partners and activists can play a role in developing and advancing popular education methodologies appropriate to our context in the different communities and constituencies from organizational to community level.

The school covered the following topics:
• Understanding the Swazi society and the History of the Swazi struggle
• Liberation Philosophy as a Tool of Analysis
• The Political Economy of Swaziland
• Patriarchy, Women’s Oppression and location in Swazi society
• Building International Solidarity
• Knowledge Production and the Development of Alternative Ideas
• Developing, Organizing and Campaigning Skills
• Leadership, Democratic Management and Organizational Development
• Core Skills for every Popular Educator