Design For Change

Design For Change

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Looking Ahead

2015 looks to be a promising year for Design For change with a number of new partners kickstarting their operations on field and our existing partners working towards increasing their reach, support and impact. 

The 'Be The Change' celebrations bring together and provides a platform to young changemakers where their power to change the world around them is recognized and honoured. In 2015, Mexico gears up to host the 2015 Be The Change (BTC) Celebrations for the first time. In the past the BTC celebrations have been held in Ahmedabad, India. Going forward, these BTC celebrations would be hosted by a different partner country each year. 

With the implementation going on in full swing in 22 countries, training, setting up systems and processes in place are some of the main aspects that most countries will be focussing on this year. Fundraising being another crucial area in ensuring the project's sustainability. 

In 2014, the Design Thinking Curriculum was piloted in around 64 schools in India. The year long immersive ‘I Can’ design thinking curriculum works towards developing and nurturing the required behaviour and skills both in students and in teachers as facilitators at a classroom level. This further empowers educators to create solutions that lead to larger school/ community level transformations. 2015 will see India implement this curriculum in 100 schools. Apart from this, few other countries are also looking to work with the curriculum in their respective schools. 
This year will also see Design For Change in countries like Germany, Lebanon, Venezuela and Brazil. As the global network is expanding, the DFC global team is working towards strengthening the network by setting up processes that would support the work carried out in the different countries and also ensure collaboration and sharing within the network that would in turn increase DFC's impact across the world. 

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