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.
Let's Read Initiative
Explain your idea in details:
The main objective of this idea is to get all Africans especially the youths to engage in reading and research. Learning does not end at the walls of the classroom. In reality, passion drives people to discover and read books related to their fields of interest, with a lot of research. This is where most of the knowledge is gotten. Have you ever thought of going to a quiet place to have time for yourself, do research, read and sipping a cup of coffee? This is the innovation Let's Read Initiative brings - a bookshop that does more than selling books. A bookshop where great minds chill and talk books. A bookshop where solutions to social problems will be researched on a discussed. We are aware that the most targeted population for this initiative are the youths, that's why we will bring in some social aspects. This includes debates, public speaking; which will be organized periodically. We will bring in professionals from the corporate world to give talks and words of encouragement. What happens when a young African man sees another young African man who s more successful and shares the secrets to his success? He (the unsuccessful) does what it takes to get successful too. Moreover, this initiative has the potential pf bringing together and transforming the mindsets of millions of Africans, which is a huge step towards a better society.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Let's Read Initiative is in line with SDG 4, Quality Education. What we are taught in the classroom is not what is needed in the real world. Yes, I testify to that. Almost everything I do is as a result of my personal efforts on reading and research. This idea targets all school students and graduates. Even the old. Learning never ends. One should never stop learning. The impact of this idea will be evaluated by the testimonies on the lip of anyone who becomes part of the initiative. It is no doubt that there will be a rapid in the careers and personal lives of those impacted. It will bring innovations to whatever they do as they'll learn from the best people in the field.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The idea will target secondary, high schools and higher institutions beginning small. It will start by the creation of book clubs where students can always read, talk and discuss books. Then grow up to bookshops with other mentioned activities included. To be realised, there will be collaboration with schools' authorities, permitting the practice of our work. Moreover, there is no need for huge financial obligations to quick off the idea. With few available partners, we can takeoff.
I was born and raised in Ndungated - a small village in the Southwest region of Cameroon. From a tender age, my siblings and I always liked going to school. Back then in the early 2000s, very few people went to school. We had just a single primary school in the entire village. I stayed focused in school till I finished primary school. Then I took a big risk. I went for an interview to be admitted into the best secondary school in the region. This is school, owned by Italian Catholic Missionary was not only very expensive, but competitive. Yes, I got the admission. What a big deal it was for me! My life changed there on. Furthermore, I only realized myself handling leadership positions like being class prefect, being a representative of my class to the school administration. Little did I know that was shaping my life. I ended up being elected as College Senior Prefect in high school; a job given only to the most competent student, with the highest virtues of leadership and humility. Since then, I have held many leadership positions. After all the years of working with students and being a leader to student associations, I have keenly observed that, apart from reading lecture notes (which many students detest), very few young people actually go an extra mile to read more about their various fields on interest. I have met students who dream of becoming scientists, but have never read a single book about science, have never done any research on what it takes to become a scientist. Could one just be a scientist without appropriate training, reading and research? I doubt. That became my passion. To get as many young people to read at least a book per month about their various fields of interests.