Mobilizing for Change


Canadians inspired to serve overseas often join existing non-governmental organizations or they go on to found their own.






  • Mobilizing for Change





Study Guide




The goal of this video is to introduce students to International Development & Relief Foundation and the work that is being done in Bangladesh. Also, to show how this work fits in to the United Nation's Millenium Development Goals (MDG) and/or Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).




1. Show the video "Mobilizing for Change"


2. Ask students to form small groups to describe the following impressions from the video:

  • What does VERC stand for and what is its purpose?

  • How is VERC helping fishermen?

  • How is VERC helping children?

  • How is VERC helping women?

  • What Millennium Development Goals and/or Sustainable Development Goals does this project relate to?


3. Option for Take-Home Assignment. Using the internet links offered here, find more facts about:

  • International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF)

  • United Nations Millennium Development Goals

  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

4. Write 1.5 pages on the results of your research emphasizing the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals context for IDRF's work in Bangladesh.


5. Group discussion

In groups, first share your short essays and then, asking one person to represent the discussion, make presentations to the class about any or all of the above.
Include suggestions on how students could start an ongoing global justice project or become involved with NGO projects already in existence.