SAFCEI is calling on people of faith in Zambia, particularly those in a position of leadership, who want to be actively involved in environmental advocacy within their own community and beyond. 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. We are coordinating a faith leadership advocacy training that provides a platform for common action across the region (see https://safcei.org/what-we-do/fleat/ for more information about the previous FLEAT). Please note that this training will be held online for the first initial meeting due to COVID 19 restrictions.
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.
If you have time to dedicate to advocacy work and a passion for addressing environmental injustice, please complete the application form and your own letter of motivation, together with a letter of support/recommendation from your faith leader and send it to SAFCEI.
Please note that this introduction meeting will be held online on Zoom, 4-6 May 2021. If selected to be part of the training, participants have to make sure that they have a secure Wi-Fi/ Data connection. Data will be provided by SAFCEI.
This workshop will involve an intense 3-day process of sharing and designing an advocacy training programme collectively, with input from various advocacy specialists. Issues of water, land, waste management and Renewable Energy will be on the agenda and practical action will be part of the training. Refer to the video to see what you can expect.
Participants are invited to take experiences from the workshops and apply them in their faith communities between training sessions. Participants are expected to commit to working together on advocacy actions both in their own countries and in the SADC region. If you are selected, you will be expected to attend the follow-up workshop within 6 months’ time.
If you would like to apply, please contact Zainab Adams at the SAFCEI head office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for an application form. The closing date for applications is Thursday, 15 April 2021 at 12 pm.