Community Mobilization

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February 28 – April 4, 2014
February 23, 2014


Course Tuition:  $390
2 CEUs
Duration: 5 weeks

Explore what turns a group of individuals into an organization or social movement.  Consider what structural, social, or  psychological barriers inhibit or prevent individuals and groups from getting involved and working together for change.  Examine the definition of community mobilization as both an initial and ongoing process central to any community and social change effort that seeks to build support and participation of individuals, groups, and institutions to work towards a common goal or vision. Learn from the theories and methods of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire, whose work has guided some of the most successful development and education programs around the globe, including the Orangi Pilot Project in Pakistan, The NAAM movement in Burkina Faso, and the Sarvodaya Shramadana Movement in Sri Lanka, among others.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Identify the role of community mobilization in the context of human rights-based approaches to community development.
  • Better outline the causes and psychological affects of poverty oppression.
  • Better communicate with individuals and communities to enhance trust and solidarity.
  • Assist communities in the analysis and transformation of their world.


Testimonials from Past Course Participants for Community Mobilization:

“This course has changed my general mentality, how I see life and relate with people around me.”

“I am going to summarize the things that stood out from this class, for me, that I will take into consideration in my future dealings with community work. First, like Freire said, we need to trust the poor/oppressed, trust in their knowledge, intelligence, ability to act and learn, adapt and work towards a better life. Connected to this is the empowerment of the poor who, often times, have a low self esteem, or lack the confidence to engage in certain development activities. Here comes into play how the community needs to be mobilized. One of the most important things before beginning a project is to know the community, its culture, traditions, its environment, so that you know how to develop a suitable plan…I am glad this class provided us with a set of tools for mobilizing the community, various models to be applied in different situations.”