CANCELLED Circle of Rights: Creative Approaches for Social Change in Complex Situations.

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 4:00pm to Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 1:30pm


This course will be postponed until further notice.

The next available CPID course will be The Journey on May 7-10, 2015.

Course Description This four-day course offers tangible tools and approaches for practitioners working in complex situations (e.g. conflict, disasters, complex emergencies, indigenous and hard to reach communities) to engage with young people and communities to better understand and reflect the lived realities of young people, and to identify and implement changes in programs, policies, practices to support young people’s well-being and protection.

The course draws from IICRD’s Circle of Rights, a research and intentional planning process to support social change and greater accountability for children, youth, their families, and communities. The course will offer a variety of creative and intentional engagement and planning tools including social mapping, case-studies, participatory ranking, strategy trees, most significant change, and the creative use of art and information communication technologies. Local and traditional cultural approaches to engaging young people and building resilience will also be explored. Throughout this course, emphasis is placed on engaging and empowering young people in an ethical, adaptive, inclusive, assets/strengths based, developmentally appropriate, cultural, and contextualized manner. Case studies from IICRD’s 20 years of experience will be drawn upon and discussed. 


• Experiential learning 
• Strength-based and child-centred approaches 
• Resilience-oriented approaches to working with vulnerable youth 
• Creative and innovative methods to engage young people and communities 
• Critical reflection and informed action 

Learning Outcomes: 

• Understand the four phases of the Circle of Rights: Map, Engage, Plan, and Create,
  and the interrelationship between these phases 
• Apply creative approaches to listen and engage with young people and community 
• Comprehend and apply rights based approaches to engage young people and
   strengthen resilience 
• Create negotiated space to critically reflect with young people and communities 
• Understand the ethics of participatory engagement and informed action in complex

Facilitator: The International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD) is a hybrid organization – part NGO, part university, and part network – focused on strengthening the well-being and protection of vulnerable children and youth in local, national, and international communities. IICRD has over 20 years of experience working in collaboration with UN organizations, international NGOs, national and local governments, and private foundations in support of children experiencing various threats such as conflict and natural disasters, migration and trafficking, discrimination, and extreme poverty.

Imagine a world where we build on the core strengths of children, their families, and communities, to create dignity, belonging, and justice for all.


Contact Info

International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)

based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

(please email for appropriate address for your correspondence)
+1 (250) 891-2424

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