The Coady International Institute has been promoting community self-reliance since it opened its doors to educate leaders from around the world 50 years ago. Established by St. Francis Xavier University in 1959, the Coady International Institute is world-renowned as a centre of excellence in community-based development and leadership education. The Institute was named in honour of Rev. Dr. Moses Coady, a prominent founder of the Antigonish Movement – a people’s movement for economic and social justice that began in Nova Scotia during the 1920s.
Over the past five decades, the global reach of the Institute has grown immensely. More than 5,500 development professionals from 130 countries have taken part in the Institute’s campus-based programs, and many others have benefited from Coady training overseas.
The Institute is a learning organization dedicated to identifying, developing and disseminating knowledge on effective development practice. As a leader in the study and practice of community-based development, the Coady provides relevant programs that support practitioners in making a positive difference in their communities.
In May 2012 the Coady Institute is offering a new 3-week certificate for young community practitioners, volunteers and activists. Skills for Social Change provides an opportunity for youth to share their experiences with one another, explore the challenges of community engagement and gain new skills in order to better contribute to the communities of which they are a part. They will also have the chance to interact and engage with experienced community practitioners from across the world whom they will be studying alongside at the Institute in Antigonish, NS.
There is more detailed information about the certificate on our website. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch. http://www.coady.stfx.ca/education/certificates/Skills_for_Social_Change/