The Summer School’s aim is to develop the key competencies for the achievement of the SDGs at the municipal level for change-driven leaders, both professionals and graduate students.
A diverse cohort of leaders committed to change from the public, private and civil society spheres, as well as university students, will apply their newly acquired or strengthened skills to real municipal issues.
The objective of this 45-hour modular training is to develop the key competencies and know-how to promote the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a municipal context. It is a unique training program to strengthen skills, consolidate relationships, develop healthy and resilient living environments, acquire the necessary tools to support citizen projects and actively integrate the SDGs into projects, as well as strengthen multi-sectoral collaborative approaches at various scales. It includes experimentation and implementation of integrated problem solving, showcasing the framework of the SDGs in three real municipal cases (Centreville, Nova Scotia; Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec; and one industrial site in the C40 Reinventing Cities International Competition in Montreal).
We have built a solid partnership with SDSN Canada, Acadia University, Concordia University, the EDS Institute at Laval University and the Maison de l’innovation sociale (MIS) to offer a virtual school in both French and English to propose solutions to accelerate the socio-ecological transition in the communities studied. This training will allow participants to acquire new skills to apply in more complex job searches, t thus increasing their employability while allowing them to become agents of social transformation.
The virtual summer school involves a combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities, including cooperative and problem-based learning, workshops on key competencies and case studies, discussion groups and daily Q&A sessions with faculty and guest experts, seminars, conferences and personalized mentorship.
The school will lead to a continuing educational process supported over time by an international Community of Practice established jointly by CIRODD and its partners.
We will analyze and assess the summer school to adapt the framework and teaching strategies for its 2022 edition in order to scale up the training program, through the development of an adaptive pedagogical framework.