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Programme Overview


A fun introduction to social innovation for younger students empowering them to make a difference to the world around them while building innovation and entrepreneurial skills. Students will join others from around the world in sharing their stories of change.

Who's it for?

Children in Primary Level between the ages of 10-12 years (4th, 5th and 6th class).

Duration 8-10 hours and scalable
Dates September 2023 - May 2024
Cost €100 per school per annum. To include teacher CPD and support, access to programme resources and certification.

About the Programme

YSI's Design for Change programme offers an early introduction to social innovation for children at Primary School Level. Using the international FIDS (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) Framework adopted in over 60 countries, children are supported to develop an I CAN mindset and put their creative ideas into action to solve a social challenge. Through this programme, children learn to be innovators in the best possible way - by doing it!

Young Social Innovators is the Ireland Country Champion of Design for Change Global since 2018.


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Why do it?

This YSI programme empowers students to make a difference to the world around them beginning with their own community. Students from Ireland join thousands of others globally who are working to build a more fair, caring and sustainable world. Stories of change created by children are shared on a global platform thus creating a strong sense of global citizenship and solidarity. The 4 part programme follows the FIDS Framework) and contains fun lesson plans to support children through each stage of the FIDS journey. 

Aligned with the Primary School Curriculum and statements of learning, this programme is suitable for 5th and 6th class pupils at primary level across a range of subjects: literacy, numeracy, SPHE, visual arts, and SESE. This programme also aligns well with a range of school patronage.

Fids for Kids

FIDS (Feel, Imagine, Do, Share) is inspired by design thinking and innovation learning. Developed in India by Design for Change founder, Kiran Bir Sethi, from the Riverside School in Ahmedabad, India, it is now used by teachers around the world to facilitate children to develop solutions to issues impacting them and their communities.

To learn more about FIDS, click the Feel, Imagine, Do and Share links below:

How it's delivered

The programme is facilitated by trained educators (YSI Guides) who support students and help them to create and implement a small action project on a social issue they care about. Supported by teacher training and world-class resources, the programme offers a wonderful introduction to social innovation developing essential 21st century skills in children and building their social and emotional competencies. 

How it works

Programme Benefits