School for Changemakers or SfCM, has for 9 years been IofC-UK’s flagship leadershipprogramme for young people. In 2020, it will commemorate its 10th Anniversary
It comprises of an initial three to five day summer residential for a selected cohort of between 30 to 50 participants. This is then followed by an offering for its network of 500 or so alumni which includes a minimum of two yearly ‘sleepover’ events held at Greencoat Place, smaller meetings and collaborations on a range of social justice projects across the country.
Through a varied programme of activities and learning, SfCM serves its participants so that they may harness their energy and ideas. In this way, it assists them in making a real difference to the world whilst supporting their lifestyles and career choices in an increasingly competitive and demanding employment market.
SfCM is partly skills based, partly reflective, partly discursive, partly inter-cultural, heavily convivial, inspirational, focussed on sound principles of youth work and always rooted in the spiritual experience of IofC. Its ‘curriculum’ closely matches the Tools for Change conference format of early morning Quiet Times, inspirational plenaries with guest speakers, community groups, elective training tracks, an evening social programme and late night activities which can include dance, games and drama. Character studies of Buchman and Laure, and the involvement of external experts in the delivery are cornerstones of the course.
2020 will be SFCM’s 10th Anniversary, and its organisers would be grateful to commemorate this by holding the first ever SfCM at Asia Plateau. We are proposing a 7 day programme, held in January 2020 for between 30 to 50 people, most of whom will be alumni of existing IofC or related programmes in the region and the UK. We envisage that this anniversary SfCMprogramme will remain the responsibility of IofC-UK, and will be wholly directed by Krish Raval, but which will include Siddharth Singh and Archana Rao in particular on the organising team. The UK based Centre of Effective Dispute Resolution, and other training organisations of world class standing are interested in contributing to our curriculum.
Process and Approach
Participants are challenged to examine the concept of vocation and their role in the world as well as the personal, professional and spiritual dimensions of change. This is done through a series of workshops, times of reflection, plenary sessions and community work.
Each day will commence with a full gathering of course members, who will be addressed by one or more individuals who have a powerful story to tell of how they have been able to effect change in a significant area such as the world of business; social entrepreneurism; through politics or political action; in the context of environmental issues; in community action; within the field of education or by discovering their own identity and calling in the world. These sessions will be inspirational, motivating participants and assuring them of the possibilities for real change.
Participants can expect to:
Develop the skills and self awareness to be effective leaders at work, home and in the community
Take insight and inspiration from experienced leaders who are leading complex change - inmany different ways - at work and in society
Learn from and develop friendships with other participants from diverse backgrounds, interests and experience.
Explore next steps in life in an empowering space
Connect personal values and priorities with the needs of communities, country and world
Network with peers and leaders with a track-record of leading social change
Receive opportunities for further experience e.g. international internships, education, more training, etc.
As a result, it is envisaged that participants will gain by having:
Increased character and confidence to respond to challenges in their personal, professional and community lives
Help in making decisions about next steps
An increased ability to deal with diversity, community cohesion and exclusion
An enhanced capacity to engage in international contexts
Access to intern schemes and volunteering opportunities
An Increased likelihood of gaining post-graduation employment or work experience
Asia Plateau, the Initiatives of Change centre in Panchgani, Maharashtra marked it’s 50thanniversary in 2018. Aimed at providing a space for introspection and dialogue, at Asia Plateau you will be ensconced in the protected biodiversity hot spot of the Western Ghats, surrounded by the Krishna Valley on one side and the Table Land, Asia’s second largest Plateau, on the other.
Your closest international airport is Chatrapati Shivaji Airport, Mumbai and it is a 5 hour taxi/bus ride from the airport. A smaller airport, which also services a few international flights is Pune Lohegaon Airport which is 2 hours away by Taxi.
Panchgani 412 805
The fee for the entire programme is GBP250 which covers the cost of food and accommodation. Should finances be a hinderance for your attendance, please do get in touch with the secretariat to see if there are scholarships you can avail.
Participants will be required to arrive in time for the Welcome gathering at 4pm on the 3rd of January with the last session ending before lunch at 1230pm on the 9th of January. Should you want to arrive earlier or leave later please contact the secretariat for costs and availability.
There are Travel Bursaries available for:
SfCM UK alumni
You can apply for these when you register for the programme.
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