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
BOOKS FOR SCHOOLS IN INFORMAL SETTLEMENTS IN KENYA
Explain your idea in details:
I run a blog which features the stories of young Africans who are positively impacting their communities. As a result, I use my blog to advocate for the issues of young people in my country so as to attain the sustainable development goals. Currently my blog is focussing on SDG4 on Education. The Kenyan school curriculum is shifting from one of theoretic method of teaching to a style that is more practical with the potential to create jobs and impact life skills. This means that children need to new text books so as to blend in with this. Children from poor families in my country cannot afford these books. The main objective is therefore to donate these textbooks specifically to schools in informal settlements. To achieve this, I am currently in consultation with various partners who can contribute to my course. I am relying on partnerships because I believe with the support of sustainable stakeholders, I can meet my objective. These partners include publishers who can produce the required text books. I am also engaging with the corporate companies who can buy cartons on exercise books which can then be donated.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
I expect my project to benefit at least 120 children. This is because at the moment, I have identified a school called Pillars of Hope Education Centre in Mathare slums in Nairobi, Kenya. To evaluate success, I would like to collect data with the help of the school administration on how the books collected are improving literacy for children. This will be coupled with monitoring school report forms.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
I am currently holding discussions with various stakeholders in both the education and corporate sector to contribute through investment and corporate social responsibility. Hopefully, this will be my main means of acquiring the resources to run my project.
As a 22 year old student, I run a blog that highlights the stories of young Africans who are using life, leadership and business skills to positively impact their communities. I also interview people who are already game changers and influencers in various fields. This gives the youth a space to showcase their work and at the same time be mentored. I am motivated by the determination of African youth which is why I use my talent as a writer to bring these stories to life. I participated in the World Bank Blog for Development competition that asked youth how they would create opportunities for young people and was one of the finalists. I have gone as far as getting an opportunity to represent Kenya in the UNICEF Generation 2030 Workshop Launch in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a result, I am now a youth volunteer with UNICEF. I have even had the chance to volunteer as a moderator during the celebration of the International Day of the Girl in Kibra, Kenya. This allows me to inspire girls who have been disadvantaged for example through lack of school fees.