Partnerships

Tavaana is proud to leverage the world’s very best civil society capacity building curricula, civic education resources and technology tools through close partnerships with leading international organizations. 

CivitasThe Center for Civic Education/CIVITAS has provided its “Foundations of Democracy” curriculum to Tavaana for translation and adaptation to the Iranian context. The Center is the United States’ leading civic education organization with a wide range of critically acclaimed curricular, teacher-training programs, exchanges and community-based programs in all fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and more than sixty-five other countries on five continents. The Center’s CIVITAS International Programs include consortia of U.S.-based universities and other educational institutions partnered with NGOs and ministries of education in other countries. The Center is broadly recognized as the leading institution in the world in effective civic education for democracy.

Freedom HouseFreedom House has provided its “Democracy Web” curriculum to Tavaana for translation and adaptation to the Iranian context and collaborated with Tavaana on the dissemination of their technology video tutorials. Freedom House is an independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom around the world. Freedom House analyzes the challenges to freedom; advocates for greater political and civil liberties; and supports frontline activists to defend human rights and promote democratic change.  Founded in 1941, Freedom House was the first American organization to champion the advancement of freedom globally.

Albert Shanker InstituteThe Albert Shanker Institute has provided its “Democracy Web” curriculum to Tavaana for translation and adaptation to the Iranian context. The Albert Shanker Institute is a nonprofit organization committed to four fundamental principles: vibrant democracy, quality public education, a voice for working people in decisions affecting their jobs and their lives, and free and open debate about all of these issues. Established in 1998, the institute brings together influential leaders and thinkers from business, labor, government, and education from across the political spectrum. It sponsors research, promotes discussions, and seeks new and workable approaches to the issues that will shape the future of democracy, education, and unionism.

Heartland AllianceHeartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights has partnered with Tavaana on the "Traumatic Stress and Human Rights" course, providing curriculum and instruction. Heartland Alliance, based in Chicago, helps people living in poverty or danger improve their lives and realize their human rights. For 125 years, Heartland Alliance has built and advocated for safe, high-quality housing and support for people experiencing homelessness, poverty, or chronic illness; ensured that comprehensive health care is available to people experiencing poverty or trauma; helped people threatened by poverty gain the tools to improve their well-being; and provided legal protection for people in danger, including refugees, migrants, victims of trafficking and other vulnerable populations facing discrimination or violence.

New Tactics in Human RightsThe New Tactics in Human Rights Project of the Center for Victims of Torture has partnered with Tavaana on the “Five Steps to Tactical Innovation” course and the three “New Tactics in Human Rights” webinars, providing curriculum and instruction. New Tactics connects the broad human rights community around the world to share experiences, resources and tactical ideas to advance their own human rights advocacy efforts. The project has 12 years’ experience providing in-person training to hundreds of activists, creating and distributing training materials, and fostering an online community of over 3,000 human rights activists. 

GWUGeorge Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management has partnered with Tavaana on the “Leadership Development” course, providing curriculum and instruction. The Graduate School of Political Management educates students and professionals in the tools, principles and values of participatory democracy, preparing them for careers as ethical and effective advocates and leaders at the international, national and local levels, in a non-partisan environment. Founded in 1987, the Graduate School of Political Management is the pioneer school in the study of political management or "applied politics." Since its inception, the GSPM has been a unique program in American higher education with the mission of affecting positive change in politics through education.