The UNESCO Knowledge For Change (K4C) Toronto Hub is part of the Knowledge for Change Global Consortium, an initiative of the UNESCO Co-Chairs in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education with the goal of developing research capacities for the co-creation of knowledge through collective action by practitioners, community-based researchers, community groups and academics.
Following conversations about the importance of community expertise and to ensure that research are also driven by community needs, K4C Toronto was co-founded in the summer of 2019 by the Centre for Critical Development Studies at UTSC, OISE at the U of T, community partners Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development (CL&D), and Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC).
As of March 2020, mentors from these organisations have been trained and certified by K4C Global to become resources in future community-based participatory research projects. They have also been deeply embedded in the pedagogy of the cluster of courses that form the core of the Community Knowledge Learning Hub, an experiential learning project funded by the Provost at the U of Toronto.
- Our collective goal is to enable transformative change by providing community-based education and research learning opportunities (online and in-person) to students, educators, academics, community development and international cooperation practitioners, and residents in our city, province, and beyond.
- Working with communities and partner organizations in support of their education and human development goals
- Creating and providing access to CBPAR training for community partners in our region and internationally – through the development of learning institutes that could take place online or in person.
- Share knowledge and practices with other hubs within the K4C consortium