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.
Digital Education for Victims of Gender Based Violence & Disadvantaged Minorities In Tanzania
Explain your idea in details:
The implementation of this plan will help combat the effects of gender based violence, provide gender equality and bridge the digital divide that the underprivileged population in Tanzania is currently facing. According to the 2017 FinScope Report, almost 8 out of 10 of Tanzanians have a primary school education. Only 18% have had access to a secondary school education. For the women and minorities with disabilities not included, they have never received formal education. As a result, they have higher rates of poverty, lower education achievements, poorer health outcomes and less economic participation. According to CCBRT, illiteracy among Tanzanians with a disability is 48%. Attaining a formal education in Tanzania is still a challenge for many in rural areas where schools are few, far in between and suffer a lack of teachers and adequate teaching facilities. Currently there are some government run vocational schools that provide training for artisan skills but the level of education is basic and doesn't provide enough life skills to keep up with a world that is rapidly becoming more digital. Tapping into the rich source of information that is the internet will provide much needed solutions to problems such as poverty, illness, agricultural challenges etc.. The main objective is to establish these digital labs and community access sites in rural areas; to provide teachers with the training needed to run smart classrooms that will aid the targeted groups in achieving education, important technological literacy skills and the means to employ themselves, therefore improving their quality of life. Community engagement by way of adequate promotion and awareness will support fundraising activities for the cause. 1 digital lab will be sponsored by the founder in 2020. More will follow in the coming years after the sale of various digital services and products made by the students.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Every one has the right to quality of life. Which is why it is imperative that we place disadvantaged women and relative minorities at the center of the global sustainable goals. They are the ones who directly impact the development of a community they live in. Empowering women equals empowering the society. This will contribute to objective 1, 4, and 5 and 8, towards SDG 2030. If they get the resources needed to start and continue their online education, they will get access to not just local syllabuses but international ones as well. This will enable them to get diverse learning, which will further their chances of achieving higher education, earning income through digital workplaces, boosting creativity, finding new opportunities to invest in and later sharing this knowledge within their social circles. We can begin with some of the free online resources provided with tech giants like Microsoft and Google, and with online academic institutions like OpenLearn and Khan Academy. A way to make this happen would be to open at least 2 community access sites operating by end of 2020 and 20 more every year after that.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
This idea is still abstract and needs to be enforced by working with industry, local authorities and the voluntary sector. If the social franchise model is applied, approved by the governing authorities and permits are granted for execution, the project will look for and establish digital labs in 2 community access points such as libraries or schools where a workshop can be set up to offer digital literacy skills on voluntary basis for 10 to 15 people. The students will then be able to create a number of digital products and services that will raise money to facilitate the coming years workshops. Funding this program will require the founder's seed money, donor funding and half (50%) of all profits from sale of digital products and services. Various mainstream and digital media channels will be used to promote awareness for the project.
I'm a Tanzanian who has worked in various industries including Logistics, Tourism, Publishing and Advertising in different capacities. After a few years of being employed in the private sector, I am now working on personal projects and I occasionally volunteer in teaching disadvantaged kids. I believe in nurturing young African minds for a better, brighter future. I would like to see more young women and people with disabilities in STEM fields. I hope this purpose will lead me to seeing self-assured, educated youth actualize their dreams as a result of this idea.