Animating Sustainable Development Goals

Join an exceptional summer school in Tanzania focusing on communication, animation and United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals

Animating Sustainable Development Goals  

Summer school

Do you want to learn to communicate complex issues in a fun and simple way? Do you want to be able to get your message through to your target group? Join our summer school in Tanzania and learn about communication, animation and how to get your message through.

About the programme

About the course
The summer school gives you concrete tools to working with communication in a collaborative and engaging way

Target group and aim

Do you want to learn to communicate complex issues in a fun and simple way?

Do you want to be able to get your message through to your target group?

Are you a student with passion for communication and interest in global development issues and social change?

Are you a practitioner working with global issues in a non-governmental organisation or civil society organisations, educational institutions or a private company?

Do you want to meet, socialise and exchange ideas with people from other countries and cultures?


The summer school “Animating sustainable development goals” gives you concrete tools to working with communication in a collaborative and engaging way. Taking a point of departure in real life challenges such children’s rights, gender issues and environmental problems, we explore how animation is used as an analysing approach and a powerful tool to get your message through. No matter what yourbackground is or drawing skills you can participate and after two weeks, end up with a short animated film that you can use to clarify and communicate your cause.

You will meet three dedicated educators and practitioners from Denmark and Tanzania. VIA University College educates top students for the animation and film industries globally and work with social responsibility through development work in the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals worldwide.

Ubongo Kids is Africa's leading producer of kids' edutainment. As a non-profit social enterprise, they create fun, localized and multi-platform educational content for children in East–Africa conveying important messages and learning to millions of children daily.

Learning outcome

Contemporary development issues

Historical and contemporary development theories

International organisation of development work

Basic understanding of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Examples of how the SDGs are addressed concretely

Communication through animation

How to produce an animated film

How to communicate with animation

Different animation techniques

Transforming an idea/problem into an animated film

Transforming a text into an animated film

Animated visual storytelling

The impact of short and clear narratives.

The use of metaphors to explain difficult and sensitive topics

Creative, inclusive, social learning processes

Collaborative, inquiry based learning processes

Facilitate, guide and support creative processes

Constructive criticism and review methods

To create an encouraging and engaging environment for dialogue and sharing of perspectives

Initiate a small-scale investigation such as; exploration of children’s perspectives on a theme or finding new solutions to a problem

Communicate with other people in order to develop their thinking and ways of exploring the world

Plan, practice and perform the collection of empirical data.

Categorize, analyse and discuss the data in order to produce new knowledge


The course is a mix between theory and practice. You will get a broad introduction to global development work and together with other participants, you will chose concrete development topics that you thoroughly explore and use in the animation workshop.

More information and application can be found on our English website

Practical information
The course fee does not include food or accommodation expenses.
You are always welcome to contact us if you have any questions

VIA University College

Bjørn Laigaard


T: +4587553003


Subject: Animating Sustainable Development Goals

Duration: 2 weeks

Dates: 15 July – 26 July 2019

Language: English

Academic level: BA level

Maximum enrolment: Maximum 20 participants. If there are more eligible applicants than available places, they will be distributed on a first-come, first served basis.

Course fee:

Tuition fee: 1050 US$

The fee does not include the cost of travels, insurance, meals, visa, accommodation or social activities such as social dinner or weekend trips.

Accommodation is 15 US$ pr. day including three meals.

Application deadline: 1 June, 2019

Location: MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation. P.O. Box 254 - Arusha – Tanzania.