By Jackline Christopher (KITE Dar es Salaam) and Sophie Wilson (CDI), Heads of Publicity and Stakeholder Engagement for the Education Project.
On Saturday 25th September the ‘Think Big Challenge’ was formally launched, giving rise to the start of an exciting competition, which challenges students to create, plan, develop and implement initiatives to tackle problems within their schools and communities. Approximately 60-70 students from five secondary schools (Kisutu, Azania, Gerezani, Jangwani and Dar es Salaam Secondary School) will attend weekly Saturday workshops at Ardhi University to help them develop their ideas.
At the launch of the Challenge, we were delighted to hear from guest speakers Ocheck Msuva, Director of Bridge for Change, Cleopa David Msuya, Vice Chancellor of Ardhi University, and David Leonce Ndika and Glory Adrian Nyengella, Director and Deputy Director respectively of KITE Dar es Salaam. These speakers spoke on topics intended to inspire the youth participants.
Last year’s winners, ‘The Genius Group’, who are now ‘Think Big Challenge’ Alumni were also present as speakers. They shared their experiences and the issues they faced when they were participating in the challenge. They encouraged the students not to give up and to build on their personal strengths.
Also in attendance were papers Mwanachi and The Citizen, who wrote about the ‘Career Network Support’ scheme in print editions on 28th August 2018.
Immediately after the launch came the first workshop, which was filled with numerous playful ‘ice-breakers’ to kick-off the competition, which will run until the ‘Dream Sharing Event’ on 15th September 2018.