Inspired Hope -A Mobile School for Street Children

Published on June 11, 2014 um 15:21

Summary of your idea

Inspired Hope is a mobile school with the intent to make a positive impact in the lives of street children through education and inspiration. The main objective of this project is to help change the mindset of these children and help them realize that there have better options than leaving on the streets. Many of these street children are talented and our aim is to give them hope, re-introduce them to the economy and society and help them see life differently. Our areas of focus will be training the street children on the Arts, Sports, Science & Technology. The training will be provided by professionals and volunteers from different disciplines such as Social workers, teachers, counselors, artists, entertainers, sportsmen etc. as well as non-profit, government, private and religious organizations. These individuals will help plan and participate in initiatives or projects that will improve the childrens capabilities such as teaching, mentoring counseling and other. Inspired Hope will be mobile -in the form of buses with interiors more similar to a classroom environment; with tables, chairs, computers, educational materials and others. The main reason of being mobile is to be able to go around the streets in the country; where the streets children are normally found. We found it better to engage with these children in places where they feel comfortable and in a caring manner than forcing them into homes/schools. We will partner with organizations like Childline Botswana and SOS which will accommodate the children after being taken away from the streets; but we will continue to engage and inspire them. Our dream is to have our own childrens home in the future. Inspired Hope mainly supports two of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); that is MDG 1: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and hunger and MDG 2: Achieve Universal Primary Education.

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

According to UNICEF Botswanas 2011 Annual Report the statistics on street children are unknown. However street children are increasingly common; research in this area is required. Overall street children have limited access to basic services coupled with inadequate availability of vocational training opportunities that restrict their recovery and rehabilitation. A 2002 study of Botswanas street children found that the vast majority of those surveyed were male (94%), with a mean age of 14. 85%, who had either no formal schooling or incomplete primary education. The most common form of labour performed (76%) was carrying groceries for shoppers to their cars or washing cars. Even if the numbers are not clear, the problem is wide spread and needs a solution. Inspired Hopes intention is to reduce the number of street children from the streets. We will work with social departments from the government and NGOs in research and in collecting data on the number of children. We will also develop a database application that will help monitor the children we assist on a day-to-day basis. This will help us monitor and evaluate the data and be able to produce quarterly and annual reports about our successes. We should be able to constantly know the number of children who have been saved and empower them; and ways to improve so as to increase our capacity and productivity. We believe if we get as many children from the street and give them a chance in life this will impact more on the sustainable development of our country and be able to achieve the MDGs and Vision 2016 of Botswana. Support from the community is very important to our success; hence we would like to work closely with members of the community.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

Being mobile means that we need buses, and the buses interior has to be designed into a classroom kind of setup and the buses also need fuel. In addition we also need types of teaching materials, a satellite, internet and many others. To be able to implement the idea, we need a lot of funds; hence we are hoping to get that from the government, non-profit and private organizations or individuals. The government of Botswana is playing a huge role in funding ideas that are keen to sustainable development and economic empowerment; therefore we have high hopes that the idea will attract our government and be our major financial source. We are also hoping to get funding and other forms of donations like food from our local retailers; of which were sponsoring partners in the recent 2nd Africa Youth Games which were hosted in Gaborone, Botswana. We would also like to collaborate with public figures, entrepreneurs/businessmen, entertainers, banking institutions, embassies, children homes like Childline, SOS Botswana and other. We will launch a series of donation campaigns through traditional (newspapers, radio, TV etc.) and digital media (social networks, mobile networks, web etc). Inspired Hope will have an interactive website to be able to share/get ideas from the local community and globally. It will also include a donate option to accept donations from anyone who wants to make contributions online.

Your profile

There is a relatively small segment of young leaders in this world; individuals who seem able to build relationships, trust, and build a rapport with almost anyone, and are able to broker the relation-ships and make connections between people, creating partnerships and alliances, and motivating forward momentum to get things done. Atone Zwinani is one of those people who as a Creative Agent with an enthusiastic and genuinely friendly attitude, Atone radiates a sincere passion for delivering value and benefits to his community and clients. He is a highly motivated and competent Team Leader with strong vision to achieve successful outcomes for clients and colleagues. This vision has included successful corporate strategy sessions, innovative ideas and extensive liaison with corporate clients and he demonstrates strong project management skills as leader of a motivated team. Atone holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Software Engineering with Multimedia from the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Botswana. He has been working with branding communications for more than 4 years and has worked with a number of corporate companies and events. He has also played a major part in his community through volunteering in AIESEC Limkokwing where he served as Communications & Events Manager and Junior Chambers International (JCI) where he has served as Director of Business Opportunities and Vice President External Relations. Atone was honored with the Presidential Award for Outstanding Service in JCI Botswana and best Debater Award at the JCI Botswana National Convention.

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Stage of Idea

conceptual stage

Your idea has a positive impact on

education, poverty reduction, youth

2013 JCI Africa & the Middle East Leadership Academy Graduation

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Comments

June 18, 2014 10:05

Thanks so much Nyaradzo, im glad you are inspired :)

June 18, 2014 08:58

Hey Atone,
Your idea is inspiring!!!

June 12, 2014 12:02

Thanks so much Hardi for your support, will do the same.

June 12, 2014 09:26

hey atone, i really like the idea of yours. you are the fire of boswana. you have my respect

June 12, 2014 09:02

Thanks for your support Allyson, I am glad the idea will create positive change to our community.

June 12, 2014 08:56

This is an amazing initiative. It is inspiring and will lead to a better informed and educated nation, one of the vision 2016 pillars. Way to go.