The course called “Agents of Change” has been developed especially for the Anglican Alliance by Open University, the world famous distance learning university based in the UK. It will soon be ready for use worldwide, and the Anglican Alliance is looking for some small groups of up to 10 people to try it out.
“Agents of Change” takes six months to complete, and includes modules in:
– Protection of vulnerable people
– Work Programming
– Principles of financial management
Students can study on-line, via CD Roms, or by running off the material in hard copy. They need to be able to get to a computer with internet access three times during the course so that they can upload their work.
They can study individually, but they will have to meet with other students once a month – preferrably either face to face or via the internet – to talk through the challenging issues in the course. it is designed for access level, so students need to have completed primary schooling, and done some secondary, but do not need to have completed secondary or done a degree. They need to spend about four hours a week on their studies. To qualify for the course students need the support of their local vicar, and must either be Anglicans or studying in an Anglican academic institution.The course is free of charge.
Students who complete the course get a certificate of completion from the Open University.
The course includes two videos which have been made especially for the Alliance, including one on community which is available on our vimeo channel.
If you would like to take part in a pilot programme, and have a few friends who would like to study with you, please contact the Anglican Alliance director, Sally Keeble at firstname.lastname@example.org.