Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Dandora Eco-Library (DEL)
Explain your idea in details:
Main Objectives: Dandora is a congested low income area with high population in East of Nairobi City, Kenya, and it has high-need children/students who have limited access to appropriate age- and grade-level reading material in their schools and homes. DEL proposes to create sustainable solutions to literacy challenges by adopting new assessments and interventions outside of school, supported by updated reading materials and resources in print and digital forms to promote early literacy, information literacy, improve motivation of older children to read and student achievement. Creating a modern and fully-resourced community library media center outfitted with high-quality renewable energy sources for uninterrupted energy supply to support a trend of positive literacy gains by enhancing maximum reading concentration. Promote academic enrichment, family and community engagement, and professional development. Activities: Increasing access and range of quality print and electronic literacy materials. Computer science activities; providing computer science courses to promote knowledge and skills for electronic reading and application. Utilizing library resources to promote emergent and cognitive growth through community volunteers trained on effective literacy strategies; parent engagement, community awareness ( family outreach and support of after school and holiday literacy programming) and professional development i.e. improved collaboration between schools and the library management by integrating project activities with existing curricula. Innovative Approaches: 1. Self reliant facility operating on renewable energy including biogas toilets energy supply for library cafeteria use, and water borehole due to water shortage. 2. High quality up-to-date reading materials and resources from virtual and physical sources. 3. Cafeteria to serve customers and generate income. 4. Cybercafé and computer photo lab- especially for students with research assignments. 5. Affordable basic ICT training, especially for students' computer literacy. 6. Sound proof facility to enhance maximum concentration by blocking noise from busy streets. 7. Free youth-friendly HIV testing and counseling center.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Expected Impact: Sustainably increase student high-quality literacy rates, increase family ,school, and community involvement to support their children literacy development out of school; improve knowledge and increase literacy-related practices of teachers, library staff, and healthcare professionals through professional development. Develop high-performing professional learning communities ;increase students motivation- independent reading and writing skills; increase students access to high-interest, leveled print and digital books outside of school, fostering daily reading habits; electronics make reading fun. Increased computer science content knowledge, student use of literacy-focused technology, and engagement in literacy activities, and increased diversity of age-appropriate literacy resources for low-income students. Create positive impact to the environment by cutting carbon footprints from atmosphere thereby contributing to National Adaptation Plan (NAP) at the local level. Youth empowerment: Internships, volunteering, and employment opportunities. Target Priority: The students in the low income area. It will target school teachers, to use the library and also refer students for out-of-school literacy programming. Non-profit organizations and business to help with the free supply of reading materials and resources. The general public- for the benefit of community as a whole; focusing on policies that embrace diversity (inclusion)- eliminating the barriers of age, gender, and inter ethnic; information literacy on civic education. Measures for evaluating success: A balanced representation of the Project shareholders. Project is completed on time (Schedule) Project is completed within budget Project meets quality targets. Project includes all items within scope Project satisfies commercial objective in terms of revenue and profit Project team satisfaction Customer satisfaction Quality- exceed expectations; track quality and make adjustments where necessary. Evaluation- dealing with the grey areas, and leaving room for change.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Business Model: Community based model focusing on revenue and users incentives. Identity : Multi-purpose Eco-library with high quality literacy program Problem: Dandora community has high-need students who have limited access to appropriate age- and grade-level reading material in their schools and homes. Solution: Provide high-quality reading literacy resources to increase reading motivation, performance, and frequency. The Competition: Currently only one library exists within the community, charging more for delivering low-quality services. Most schools within the community have no library facilities, and the few that have, often lack adequate reading materials. Due to sudden power outages in the area, the facility's solar energy supply will come in handy to guarantee uninterrupted supply of power during reading . Free youth friendly Voluntary Counseling and Testing Revenue streams: Membership subscription packages. Target a huge market and offer fast delivery and great service at the lowest price. Offer trainings at affordable fees Recruit volunteers to cut operation costs. Marketing activities: Communicate to teachers and students in schools, and families through social gatherings i.e. religious institutions. Social media-face book, twitter, and instagram. Expenses: Determine a detailed cost estimates that include, land lease, building materials, administrative taxes and permits, learning materials including hardware and network purchase prices and maintenance fees, ascertain the costs of constructors, consultants, and training, and a more indirect cost associated with the learning curve for the business and IT staff members. Team and key roles: Currently, the only team member is the project owner, Shamima Omwayi. Planning to add youth volunteers later. Milestones: As business grows, DEL will offer paid internships for Librarians and ICT . Provide stipends to volunteers for motivation. Invest in technology to speed up customer feedback. Award tenders to local youths. Financing Source World Bank Group Youth Enterprise Development Fund Collaborators: USAID UNDP UNICEF UNESCO UNDP Google Kenya
Shamima Omwayi is a compassionate change champion known as the Iron lady of Dandora ghetto in Nairobi, Kenya. She just turned 27 years, and recently graduated from the Technical University of Kenya, majoring in BCOM Finance. Her passion for humanitarian work goes back to 2012, dedicating most of her voluntary time serving her community in various capacities. Besides being Dandora Young Women- leader in her community, she's also a co-founder of a youth community based organizations (CBO), The Youth Network, and helped revived a Charitable Orphange Center, Villa Teag Children's Home. During her community work, she has not only worked for and with local NGO's, but also various International organizations such as, Hope World Wide, Global Communities in partnership with the USAID, and Plan International. Driven by the passion to bring change, and the being the go- to person in her community, she stops at nothing in seeking opportunities to realize her goals. When she's not ironing out community issues, and stuck to studies, she's busy riding her bicycle, watching cartoon, browsing face book, and meditating. She's currently writing a project proposal on a robust Eco Library project.