Over 70 communities around the world have responded to a recent Anglican Communion News Service article to run pilots of its new course Agents of Change.
The official launch will take place at Lambeth Palace on 13 December by kind permission of the Most Rev Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.
The course is the first of its kind between the Open University, an institution renowned for its online courses, and the Anglican Alliance.
The launch aims to introduce stakeholders and interested partners to the course concepts and to raise funds for its implementation and expansion.
The course takes six months to complete and can be done online, on CD or on hard copies. Agents of Change has a global outreach with prospective participation from church groups in Kenya, Myanmar, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Zambia, Vanuatu, Wales United States and many other places. The course has been specially designed as an access course aimed at adults of basic or primary education who do not hold university qualifications. Applicants include individuals, churches and dioceses and have been sent the registration form. All will be processed but the sheer scale of responses has meat that it will take some time.
The modules covered by the course are:
- Protection of Vulnerable People
- Work Programming
- Principles of Financial Management
The course also encourages students to think critically and discuss their modules in study groups and with their local communities. All participants who successfully complete the course will be awarded an Open University Certificate.
Anglican Alliance Director, Sally Keeble believes that the unique qualities of Agents of Change are its fantastic accreditation and its low overheads. “We are very grateful to everyone who has responded to the appeal for pilots. We are now scaling up our plans to meet the demand,” she said.
Open University’s Francis Cattermole wished all participants well saying, “We hope that you find the programme enjoyable and easy to follow. We also hope that all of you who complete the programme will benefit from your studies. We wish you well as you make a difference through your community projects as Agents of Change.”