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Chisanga Passwell - Co-operative Education Officer

The Fifth Co-op Principle emphasises the importance of  “Education, Training and Information.  The fifth principle states that:

’co-operatives provide education and training for their members, elected representatives, managers, and employees so they can contribute effectively to the development of their co-operatives.  They inform the general public - particularly young people and opinion leaders - about the nature and benefits of co-operation’. 

CDS believes in promoting learning.  We strongly believe that those new to co-ops need to understand and acquire both operational knowledge and skills in the conduct of the affairs of their co-op but also need to understand ethos of co-operation. 

For the experienced members, we believe they need to keep up with information, skills technology, government policy and legislation and be aware of the salient international events within the co-op movement.  Thus our education/training services are aimed at providing knowledge and skills to new members and updating knowledge and skills for more experienced members. 

Our service takes account of your current circumstances and is adaptable to tackling issues of concern particular to you.  The service is planned and delivered in a manner which respects your equal opportunities policy, is culturally sensitive to your local environment and will seek to empower every participant to maximise their learning.


7 - 14 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4YR. Customer Service Centre: 03333 21 30 30