Design for Change
is a global movement
that cultivates the
I CAN mindset
in every child

We bring the

VOICE AND

AGENCY

OF CHILDREN

in the REAL
WORLD

"I realised
I CAN

make a

difference!"

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WHAT IS THE I CAN MINDSET

The I CAN Mindset equips every child to be

AWARE of their inner self and the world around them

ENABLED with the skills to take action and

EMPOWERED to design a more desirable

and sustainable future – TODAY!

HOW ARE WE DOING IT!  

FEEL

imagine

IMAGINE

do

DO

share

SHARE

The FIDS framework helps to develop the much required 21st Century Skills in children, builds their social and emotional competencies and promotes employability skills. The most unique feature of the Design for Change initiative is that it is not only simple and constructive, it is adaptable and replicable. The power of Design Thinking allows both children and adults to transform the world into how they envision it – the power to create a more compassionate, empathetic world.

By spreading Design Thinking globally, Design for Change was one of the first organisations to pioneer this progressive way of thinking to schools and children.

GET INSPIRED!

HAPPENINGS

A ONEderful WORLD by DESIGN!

‘A ONEderful World by Design’ is our first ever virtual Global ‘Be the Change’ celebration. This festival of change makers from around the world is being hosted by DFC Singapore on the 20th November 2020, UN World Children’s Day. The event is a global celebration of children from around the world, sharing real change stories and how their actions create real impact. A ONEderful World by Design aims to showcase the I CAN solutions of the children creating a ONEderful world.

DFC SINGAPORE CHALLENGE 2020!

This year will be our 11th Annual Design for Change Singapore Challenge. The DFC-SG Challenge is one of Singapore’s largest inter-school challenges, recognising young change makers and their meaningful work, culminating in the Annual ‘Be The Change’ celebration. We are excited to announce that DesignSingapore Council, Singapore’s national design agency, is supporting this year’s Challenge! Find out more our the Challenge, the competitors and our judges here . 

DesignSingapore Council PARTNERSHIP 2020

As well as supporting the DFC Singapore Challenge 2020, DesignSingapore Council is  organising the second edition of the Design Education Summit, promoting the importance of design in education. The Design Education Summit is a key platform for international and local educators and industry professionals to network and exchange ideas about the adoption of design in education. DFC Singapore is thrilled to be a contributing partner of the Summit. 

DFC'S COVID RESPONSE INITIATIVES

#DFCCONNECT
Singapore

Connecting Children to listen, share and get inspired
Bringing optimism amongst children within their home country or across the world, through online conversations about their thoughts and possibilities in these uncertain times.

#UNLOCKYOURMIND CHALLENGES

At this time of crisis where our children are learning from home, DFC community offers these 5 amazing challenges that blends critical thinking, reflection, observation and hands on learning for children. Download and get started to experience the joy in learning from home!!!

Special Programs
for Schools

Building children’s social emotional wellbeing is an urgent need now more than ever before. Here are some special programs using design thinking framework, to engage children meaningfully and strengthen their ‘I CAN’ mindset.

I CAN SINGAPORE

50 STORIES OF CHILDREN
SHAPING OUR NATION

I CAN Singapore ebook is a compilation of 50 real change stories of children who believed in the spirit of  ‘I CAN’ to shape our nation.

All the schools and children featured in the book have been part of Design for Change movement in Singapore.

Real Children, Real Stories, Real Change

iCAN BOOK

TESTIMONIALS

Samuel LimCharacter and Citizenship Education Officer, Ministry of Education, DFC-S Judge
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“I was greatly encouraged and inspired by the many brilliant projects and movements that were showcased. Most importantly was that so many young people took the effort to observe their surroundings keenly instead of burying their noses in mobile devices, put themselves in the shoes of others instead of pursuing their own self-interests, and apply their knowledge and skills in a meaningful way to contribute to the community, both local and abroad.”
Patsian LowDirector Philanthropy, NVPC, Design for Change Singapore Judge
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“Design for Change Singapore are believers in change that starts small and early. The seeds of giving should be planted young and it's great to be part of a movement that looks at children as active citizens of our communities.”
Jacks YeoDesignSingapore Council, Design for Change Singapore Judge
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“Design for Change Challenge is an important movement that could help our kids look at the world from the creative perspective and to make or do something that matters.”
Mdm RaoSchool Principal, Yumin Primary School Singapore
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“Empowering 10 to 12 year old Yumin Champions with the ‘I Can’ spirit over the last 3 years has brought a whole new meaning to the phrase, ‘Education by design, not by chance'! Students immersed in the DFC learning experiences have learned to be advocates of change for issues that affect them, the people around and the school environment.”
Mark MinjootSchool Principal, Montfort Secondary School
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“Design for Change’ provides a unique platform for students from all walks of life to come together and create the future they want to see. The Learning Process is a powerful one – Students are nurtured to Empathise with stakeholders, inspired to Imagine a Solution and supported in Designing one. As they Synergise as Changemakers, the experience leaves vivid memories of bonds established and sparks in many the Desire to Make a Difference to the community and nation.”
Professor Howard GardnerHarvard Graduate School of Education and Harvard Project Zero
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“Many young people would like to bring about changes in their community, and many adults (including me) urge them to do so. I’m enthusiastic about Design for Change, an organization dedicated to helping young people articulate and pursue their aspirations for their community.”
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IMPACT!

empathy
120+ 

Schools

2.1K+ 

Stories of change

18k+ 

Children Empowered

86K+

Volunteer Hours By Children

OUR PARTNERS

Global Partner

Supporters of DFC-SG Challenge 2020

Member of Raise

COLLABORATORS & SUPPORTERS

DFC Supporters

Awards and Recognition

We are proud to be a partner of Design for Change Global who is recognised with the following awards: