Lockdown learning

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Being stuck at home during lockdown can be a great time to explore a short course and learn something new. You can brush up on a subject that interests you or enjoy some fun learning activities. Investing the time now could prove very useful for you personally, or for your work and community when social distancing measures are eased.  

Tearfund Learn has lots of resources available to read and watch online or download. Below, we share some of our free online courses and guides. We’ve also handpicked a few more from other organisations. You can let us know how you get on or if you have any questions in the comments box at the bottom of the page.

A woman carries aid in Mozambique following Cyclone Idai, which ravaged Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe in 2019. Photo: David Mutua

Learn how to inspire and empower citizens to identify needs in their community and to mobilise their own resources to address them  

Our Church and community mobilisation (CCM) advocacy guide offers step-by-step guidance about how to integrate advocacy into church and community mobilisation (CCM). You can then follow the steps to the CCM advocacy process in our training film, designed to accompany the guide, and available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese

Learn how to build peace within our communities 

ROOTS publications focus on different topics and aim to help Christian development organisations in their work. ​In ​ROOTS 4​ you can​ explore Peace​-​building within our communities. There are chapters about the nature of conflict, the Bible’s take on reconciliation and resources and contacts to help you explore the topic further.​ ​Reflection questions are used throughout the books to help ​you relate the information to ​your own situation. Helpful case studies from Tearfund partner organisations are also included. ​

Study the Bible around a theme that challenges or interests you 

In this period of global crisis and uncertainty, a Bible study is a great way to start the day or to engage other members of your household. ​Tearfund has produced a wide range of Bible studies on various topics,​ from cleanliness and bearing fruit as Christians to families and fatherhood​. You can search for a Bible study by development theme, spiritual theme or Bible passage.​ You can also find more theological resources to prompt prayer, study and reflection about Covid-19 on the Tearfund Learn website.

A woman reads her Bible at home in Angola. Photo: Tom Price

Learn how to measure holistic change 

What does whole-life transformation look like in practical terms? The Light Wheel has been developed by Tearfund’s Impact and Effectiveness team and provides a framework – or underlying set of principles – to help answer this question. 

This introductory guide will provide you with all the information you need to understand the theory behind the Light Wheel and the purpose of it, and it will guide you as you decide how to use it. 

Learn about new topics with fun activities for children 

Not a full course as such – more of a mini one for children – but did you know that the most recent editions of Footsteps Magazine have a page for children? The Children’s Zone has fun activities for children to download and share around topics ranging from waste and living with disability to farming for the future and health and faith

Other learning opportunities 

Kaya is a global learning platform from the Humanitarian Leadership Academy. It has hundreds of online self-directed courses to choose from which are free to access. Topics range from Wellness and Resilience for Frontline Workers and Managers to an Introduction to International Humanitarian Law. 


Disaster Ready is an online learning library of more than 1,000 training resources. Its mission is to better prepare humanitarian and development professionals for the critical work they do. Courses cover core topics such as humanitarianism, management and leadership, staff safety and security, and professional development. 


Humentum is a global organisation that aims to inspire and achieve operational excellence for organisations focused on positive societal impact. It has a growing portfolio of online learning options for those engaged in development work, including e-workshops and self-paced courses. Topics covered include compliance and risk, and programme management. 


Bond is an international development network which seeks to unite civil society organisations to eradicate global poverty, inequality and injustice. Bond’s highly practical online courses in advocacy and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) are not free but there is currently a 30 per cent discount. The discount code for advocacy courses is Advocacy3 and MEAL3 for M&E courses. You can browse their courses here


For safe ways of connecting with others during the current Covid-19 crisis please look at our dedicated Covid-19 page.

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