Curriculum

Module 1: Residential training course “Mobilising communities and fostering change — A Training in Social Transformation”

This first module introduces the participants to approaches, concepts and practices of social transformation and nonviolent struggle or action. Within this context it focuses primarily on hands-on methods and principles for designing and implementing nonviolent campaigns through community mobilisation and grass-root actions. Therefore, diverse methods of non-formal education engage the participants into exploring the meaning of transformation, the mechanisms of nonviolence, proven practices of nonviolent intervention design including measures for community mobilisation and how to internally organise groups of activists and movements

Module 2: E-course “Reflecting on our intervention design — From planning to implementation”

CAT module 2 deepens the understanding of successful practices for designing and creating nonviolent changes processes and invites the participants to review the approaches and practices used within their initiative group. During the first week, the participants will gain additional theoretical knowledge on intervention design through case studies and readings. In the second week, the participants have the opportunity to make use of the newly acquired knowledge by applying it on their own initiative group. Finally, the last week of this module is dedicated to a mentor-led peer-to-peer reflection process during which the participant share their findings and reflections and engage into a mutual learning process.

# Week 1: Reflecting on intervention design / Inputs covering understanding community needs assessments, tools for community needs assessments and nonviolent action
# Week 2: Campaign Tactics / Own practices within initiative group or initiative
# Week 3: Face-to-Face Mentorship Meeting with peer learners held in Baku or Tbilisi

This module includes case studies on Gudiashvili Square Protection Campaign in Tbilisi, Georgia and on the Campaign to Change the Discriminatory Laws in Iran.

Module 3: E-course “Reflecting on internal practices”

The Module 3 of the Community Action Training programme (CAT) looks at practices for creating accessible and includive participatory processes and structures in initiative groups. Course topics include group spaces and their function, handling group conflicts, internal decision-making, group dynamics and cultures, and public narrative.

# Week 1: Group internal practices / Inputs covering group spaces and their function, handling conflicts within your group, and internal decision-making
# Week 2: Group dynamics, group culture and public narrative/ Own practices within initiative group or initiative
# Week 3: Face-to-Face Mentorship Meeting with peer learners held in Baku or Tbilisi

This module includes case studies The 5 Qapik Campaign in Azerbaijan and Campaign to Protect Vake Park in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Module 4: Residential Seminar “Learning achievements and next steps”

This fourth module provides space and time for the participants to reflect on and evaluate their learning achievements and plan follow-up steps to be undertaken by the participants. Therefore, it will recap the findings of the e-courses through participant led-workshops, solidify the lessons learnt through question and answer sessions, and offer a structured planning process for follow-up steps to be undertaken by the participants ensuring capitalisation of the learning achievements in the in-formal groups or movements in which the participants are involved.