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Responses of farm managers pertaining the LIFEPLAN® Training and Equipping Programme as part of Christian formation with farm workers: A qualitative study

Fazel E. Freeks
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 40, No 1 | a1914 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v40i1.1914 | © 2019 Fazel E. Freeks | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 16 July 2018 | Published: 27 February 2019

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Fazel E. Freeks, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa


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Abstract

Equipping Programme by employing a qualitative research pattern, namely, structured interviews with managers. These managers were from various farms in the Christiana district (North-West Province, South Africa), who also participated in the LIFEPLAN® Training and Equipping Programme and in the research project. An exploratory, interpretive and descriptive qualitative contextual design was followed. The results from this qualitative pattern indicated that managers felt positive that their farm workers had a life-changing experience through the LIFEPLAN® Training and Equipping Programme. Managers indicated that the LIFEPLAN® programme made a huge impact on and difference in the lives of farm workers. Significant to this research is the fact that more than 50% of farm workers showed a high interest in Christianity and to practice Christian values, and this significance was very positive for farm managers in the Christiana district.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: Socio-economic environment and destructive behavioural patterns lead to many lives destroyed. Preliminary results suggested behavioural modifications linked to biblio-moral intervention. LIFEPLAN® has a transdisciplinary approach comprising three main disciplines and constituencies: theology, education and health. It seeks creative solutions to inspire and equip the youth to become responsible citizens in their communities.


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responses; farm managers; LIFEPLAN® Training and Equipping Programme; christian formation; farm workers; qualitative study

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