Apply to the 2023 kanthari Course
Applications are now open for the 2023 kanthari Course, a twelve-month program that will help participants develop all the necessary skills to succeed as social change-makers so they can start and run their own CSOs/NGOs, Social enterprises, or social ventures.
Types of Kantharis
Green Kantharis: kanthari initiators want to create ethical social change by starting grass-root projects with alternative/new approaches. Schools for marginalized, training centers for the blind, environmental projects – these are only some of the many examples of initiatives that positively impact society.
Yellow Kantharis: Yellow kantharis are inventors who create new products, strategies or concepts for social change. They can be active in the areas of environment, computer technology, accessibility for people with disabilities, agriculture, education and many more. The goal of their invention is to improve the living conditions of marginalized groups or protection of the environment.
Orange Kantharis: Orange kanthari entrepreneurs use business as a tool for sustainable social change. The main goal is to create a positive social impact and not to focus only on profit, but to use business ventures to find ways to create structures that benefit those who are usually left out.
Red Kantharis: Red kantharis are advocates/activists who stand up for a world free from discrimination, negative attitudes or harmful norms. Their goal is to provoke a mindset change in their communities through advocacy.
Purple Kantharis: kanthari artists use their creativity and art as a tool for making a difference. Musicians, painters, authors, filmmakers and many more, provoke a positive mind set change through their work.
What they Offer?
Selected participants will qualify for a scholarship provided by their donors to cover the training fee and accommodation.
Graduates of the program will have access to a network of change-makers from 50+ countries worldwide.
kanthari offers a 12 month lasting course.
The course is split into an online and an on-campus part.
Every year the course starts online in April (2 months, which named Act 0)
Then the in campus part will start at the end of May (7 months, Act 1 to 4), Usually this part ends around mid December and you will return home.
After the on-campus part is over, Act 5 will be done in the place where you start your organisation. (3 months, Act 5)
Only if all acts are successfully completed, you will graduate from the course.
kanthari welcomes applicants over 22 years of age (they don’t have an upper age limit) who have overcome significant life challenges ranging from vision impairment, disability, poverty, war, discrimination, and/or exploitation.
Or, they could also be witnesses to social situations they wish to change so others do not suffer.
They should have a passion to make the world a better place and the strength to be forces of good rather than be victims of circumstance.
Applicants must speak and understand basic English and have basic computer skills.