Education in developing countries is the most empowering way for people to find a way out of poverty. Bena Kyengo, founder of MTD, is proof of this. She is now pursuing a Master’s degree in sustainable business in the Netherlands. She and many of her peers were given the chance to help themselves through education.
A request has come from MTD to facilitate PAR (action research) together with the community, to find out how to ensure continuity in education and talent development. That’s how we developed this Challenge.
The 7Senses Challenge is an intensive 12-week program for students, post-graduates and professionals. In a multi-disciplinary, international team they perform Participatory Action Research in the field to boost community empowerment while at the same time work on their own personal and professional development.
|Challenge name||Education & Talent Challenge|
|Start date||February 22nd 1016|
|Number of participants||3|
|Number of local researchers||2|
Each Challenge design starts from a community issue, addressed by its problem owners at location. As such, we make sure the Challenge is based on local demand rather than donor demand. Together with these local stakeholders, we design the Challenge in a way that fits the local context, from the problem framing up to methodology and concept definitions.
Many children in the Mukuru slum, Nairobi are lacking opportunities to further their chances in life. Mukuru Talent Development (MTD), a self-organized and partly self-sustaining organization has been highly successful in offering opportunities for children to develop themselves.
However, the bottleneck of this success is, that many of its participants have moved on to find paid employment in several fields. Having to leave to fill positions elsewhere has made it hard for them to consistently give back to their community, as much as they would like to.
Each Challenge delivers direct outcomes for the local community on the addressed issue: we can share how many people have been reached, what their perspective is on the current and desired situation and what final Community Action Plan (CAP) they have co-created and implemented. In a later stage, local stakeholders will evaluate the impact of the CAP.
The impact of this Challenge has not been measured yet. As soon as we have results of the impact measurement, it will be presented here.
Coordinator & Action Researcher
Guyonne van Heijningen
Sylvia van Lingen
Evans Huria Maina
George N'dungu Kinuthia