offer relevant tools to affect true change

CDI Community Centers are based on three principal objectives – that they are self-managed, that they are self-sustainable, and that they implement the CDI pedagogy. This unique pedagogy aims that by the end of each 4 month course, students will have used technology as the main tool to initiate, plan, implement and complete a “social advocacy project” aimed at changing an aspect of their realities.

Students collectively identify a common challenge facing their community and prepare an action plan to overcome it. Issues can range from sexual abuse, pollution, violence, crime, and drugs, to lack of healthcare or schools. Students then take the technical skills they’ve learned in class to tackle the problem, mobilize their communities, engage in advocacy and awareness campaigns, and work together to solve that specific problem.

The CDI methodology enables people to become active and informed citizens, capable of organizing their communities, making their voices heard, and affecting true change. 

CDI’s exclusive curriculum is based on the work of renowned Brazilian educator Paulo Freire and integrates digital education with civic education. Freire believed education should be used as a tool for social change and civic empowerment. He argued for the development of a critical consciousness by engaging both student and teacher in active dialogue.

According to the Freirian model, students should be encouraged to reflect upon the world around them, question and challenge their realities, and embrace their own capacities to evoke social change. CDI’s educational curriculum was carefully put together to reflect Freire’s theories and adapt his beliefs to the Digital Era.