In order to reinforce the capacity of Canadian Small and Medium Organizations (SMOs) and educators, Spur Change seeks to convene annually 50 representatives of SMOs as well as 50 educators from coast-to-coast-to-coast to learn from experts, and share expertise, approaches and good practices for inclusive, gender transformative, sustainable development; to identify and form partnerships; and strengthen the sector’s collective work to more effectively engage all Canadians as global citizens.

The theme of each annual conference over the next five years will be tied to one of the six Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) action areas, with Action area 1 : Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls will be cross-cutting for all five years of the program.

SMOs should expect to:

  • Learn about and integrate current international and national frameworks and approaches to their development practices, including: a feminist approach, and the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Share expertise, good practices and resources on inclusive governance;
  • Identify and establish potential partnerships and synergies;
  • Share experience and knowledge on effectively measuring the quality and impact of their efforts towards meaningful participation and inclusion;
  • Communicate and celebrate successes and collaborate on finding solutions to identified challenges.

Educators should expect to:

  • Learn about the latest thinking on and response to global issues from sector leaders, experts from the Global South, as well as practicing civil society organizations;
  • Receive training specific to teachers on how to teach and inspire engagement on global issues from pedagogical experts;
  • Engage and share in peer learning and collaboration through the sharing of resources and experiences across Canada;
  • Facilitate connections and dialogue between civil society organizations eager to learn from and work with schools and educators;
  • Collaborate with and support civil society organizations in creating classroom relevant resources.
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