Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
Explain your idea in details:
Mobile classrooms is conceptualized with the following objectives in mind: - making education accessible & reducing illiteracy levels - providing hands on experience - training students as per regional circumstances & availability - bring rural development - making particular areas self sustainable - diversifying by specialization in different fields Mobile classrooms, as the name suggests, is an idea where education will betaken to the students. It will consist of a bicycle that will be designed to transform into a mini-outdoor classroom. It will be installed with a folding screen and have storage capacity that will be enough to capture all required teaching materials and accommodate two teachers to be able to ride comfortably to the required areas. Bicycle is purposely chosen for this particular project because it is a lean (can access areas easily), clean (less pollution;cuts on fuel costs) and requires minimum maintenance. After that areas with: - low development - difficult access to education - low ratio of those children attending school to those present within an area - low literacy levels will be identified through field work with the help of the teachers and ministries within such areas. In collaboration with universities around Kenya, this will be part of an internship program for students about to graduate. It will not be entirely focused on BED students but also those within different fields. The focus here is to go beyond the Kenyan education system and provide students with hands on skills in the field of interest keeping in mind the resources and circumstances of a place. For instance, if farming is dominant, students can be trained on that. If there is lack of water they could be made aware of solutions they could put in place and opened to the possibilities of expanding their territories. This could be complemented with basics in maths and english in order to keep at par.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Considering the vast areas, a few pilot projects could be commenced in order to gauge the success of future mobile classrooms. The projects will provide hands on experience to students after examining the area in detail. Resource availability and circumstances shall be kept in mind thus ensuring students will be trained according to what a particular area can offer. This will guarantee success as they will be able to apply what they learn with ease. Thus the development rate will be achieved much faster. Also if the training is area oriented, they will be obliged to put in efforts within their area thus developing the areas even further. In addition to this, literacy levels within the area will highly reduce as people will now be empowered with education and will be able to train new individuals and create a rippling effect. The hands on experience and the basics that they will learn will defy the set system in Kenya, it will equip students with practicality and reality of life. Furthermore, the students shall be encouraged on different skills thus creating a diversified skills set within that area which will aid in reducing dependency in one particular thing. Also this will be a mutually benefiting program for those learning and teaching. The teachers will be able to apply their knowledge with limited resources encouraging innovations and also better on what they learnt in universities by imparting their education. It will also provide a humbling experience to those involved in these projects. These results can be evaluated by: - reviewing attendance of students during intervals - success stories of projects of the interns - developments within the area Taking into consideration all these aspects will project a clear picture of the success of the Mobile classrooms.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This is a brief business model for mobile classrooms: - BENEFICIARIES - It will target students from eight years to young adults; those who face difficulties to attend school due to distance; those who fail to comprehend the set standard education system; those willing to learn and make a difference within their areas. - COST STRUCTURES - The main cost that will be incurred will be to purchase the bicycle and equip them with necessary teaching materials. Approximate costing: Bicycle - 8000 Stationery - 1500 Screen & fittings - 3500 Misc - 2000 Total - 15000 This is an approximation of designing the bicycle. It will be subject to change as second hand bicycles and donations can be sought. Other invisible costs that will be incurred may be for initial research and fieldwork, transport and labor. After costs are minimal, may include maintenance for bikes and insurance/medical support for those involved. Payments to teachers shall also cut down as this will be an intern/project program. Thereafter it is a self supporting project and will require minimum financial input. - DEPLOYMENT - There are 50,000 graduates every year in Kenya. In collaboration with universities across Kenya, those about to graduate within different fields will be diverted to these intern programs where they are expected to do ground work of the places designated to them. Based on the available resources, they are expected to train the students. The students are then graded on the success and dedication to the project. - CUSTOMER RELATIONS - An initial awareness of this program will be essential; get the opinions of the people around and measure the expected support. This will help a good rapport with the locals. The project can be financed by approaching education based organizations like UNESCO, FAWE, universities and youth empowering groups. Grants, donations and loans could be a great boost to this project.
I am Samina (my dear ones call me Sam), recently turned 27 on May 21st. I have been raised in a humble and highly supporting family in Mombasa, Kenya. Having completed my high school education, I had the chance to complete my Bachelors in Hospitality Management and complement it with ACCA. Currently I work at a hospital as an accountant and have a few side hustles running along. My motivation has come from the set backs i have experienced due to arthritis since a tender age of eleven. It has prepared me for the worst case scenarios yet assuring me all doors may seem like they have closed down, one will always open up. Currently I am on a wheelchair and that has led me to push myself further each time. Education feels like the ultimatum. Without it I may actually have tagged myself as handicapped. As long as I am empowered through education, being independent has been quite easy on my part. Thus i believe if the right education was imparted to these areas, it might actually help them believe they can sustain themselves - a crucial step towards development. I have written two e-books: - 10 things keeping me sane : on a wheelie - 10 key notes to happiness that are currently running on amazon. Also I am an active member of groups that empower youth through talks and activities. In conjunction with my sister, we have formed a group that exclusively targets women, provides them with emotional, financial and physical support. Touches on matters that are essential to making women independent. I also tutor children which highlights my passion in education. I dedicate myself towards goals and see them through, also have a creative hinge and a burn to always push further.