AYANA's Youth Innovation Lab in Tanzania concludes this week. On the first day, 10 staff, trained previously in youth program facilitation to effectively lead the program, participated. Mr. Thadei Msumanje explained the process behind design thinking: inspiration, ideation, and implementation. The participants were encouraged to use the 5 Whys to understand their problem. Youth identified major problems in their local community, including:
Poor livelihoods especially for youths and children
Lack of social services in their living areas
Most of youths cannot support themselves due to their parents background
Women are leading in poverty and they can support their family
The facilitators decided on a project mission to accomplish the following: "To encourage youths to know their important and how they can participate in community development, so as to bring workable ideas that can help the community and to themselves. The facilitators went through the students identify their problem and encourage them to note their major problems, its causes, who are affected, how long the problem exist and which people affected in term of age, and/or gender."
As part of our goal to improve our programs, we also received feedback. Most of the ideas presented require some kind of investment and entrepreneurship skills, which is where your donation comes in. The time frame to come up with workable ideas from the participant is too small. As mostly will require an understanding to their community problems, time to analyze a workable solution and to relate any cost related activities during the application of their solutions.
We look forward to improving and expanding our partnership programs with TAREO!