SAFCEI is looking to build the capacity of faith leaders in the field of environmental advocacy. If you know anyone who might be interested, please share this information or send us their contact details.
NB CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS 10TH OCTOBER 2014
FIRST TRAINING MEETING TO TAKE PLACE IN CAPE TOWN 6-8th November 2014.
The Southern African Faith Community Environment Institute (SAFCEI) believes that people of faith have a moral imperative to speak against the socio-ecological injustices that face Africa’s peoples and our surrounding environment.
In witnessing for the earth, SAFCEI believes that faith leadership at local level can share our local experiences, network with each other, and learn from each other how best to advocate for the change we want to see.
SAFCEI is initiating a faith leadership advocacy programme that provides a platform for common action across the region.
For SAFCEI, advocacy involves:
- Local actions at faith community level that demonstrate a way of living that restores rather than destroys nature and human community.
- Sharing stories of hope with other faith communities to inspire them to take similar actions and share their stories.
- Challenging government by reminding them to act from principles and values that protect earth’s living systems including human society, as well as encouraging governments to overcome their fear of change and to support progressive policies.
SAFCEI is calling for applications from people of faith and particularly those in a position of leadership, who want to be involved in environmental advocacy. If you have time to dedicate to advocacy work and a passion for addressing environmental injustice, please complete the application form and send it to SAFCEI, together with a letter of motivation from your faith leader.
Please note that SAFCEI has limited funds for the training of successful participants. This funding will cover travel, food and course materials for successful applicants.
The first phase of Faith Leaders’ Environment Advocacy Training (FLEAT) will take place in Cape Town, South Africa on November 6th to 8th 2014.
This will be an intense 3 day process of sharing and designing an advocacy training programme collectively, with input from various advocacy specialists. Issues of water, land, biodiversity, food security and energy (including the impacts of climate change) will be on the agenda. Practical action will be part of the programme.
The next two phases will take place in 2015 on March 9th to 12th in Botswana and July 6th to 8th in Zambia (these are provisional arrangements to be confirmed in November 2014). Participants are expected to take experiences from the workshops and apply them in their faith communities between training sessions.
If you would like to apply, please contact Zainab Adams at the SAFCEI head office (email@example.com) for an application form.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Energy and Climate Change Programme Coordinator