Teaching children problem-solving skills.

What if kids can be used to solve some of the problems that the community faces?

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Founding Story: Share a story about a key experience or spark that helps the network understand why this project got started or a story about how you became inspired about the potential for this project to succeed.

Since the formation of Vitabu Kwa Vijana Society which was formed in 2014 to help improve education in poor primary schools by donating text books and stationeries in these schools. I thought of starting problem solving skills classes in this schools so as to nurture their creativity and capabilities and through this we could create projects which will be useful for the community as well as raising funds so as to buy more books and other reading materials to foster education in these schools.

Which categories describe you? (the answer will not be public)

  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian)

Website

https://web.facebook.com/Vitabu-kwa-Vijana-Society-1500378173511984/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1515562125326922

Location: Where is your organization headquartered? [City]

Nairobi, Kenya

Location: Where is your project primarily creating impact? [City]

Nairobi , Kenya

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Children are more creative than adults as one becomes their creativity level lowers. Vitabu Kwa Vijana society donates reading materials to poor primary schools where the children come from less fortunate backgrounds. Since the organization was formed to give books to children thus relies on donors. I thought of adding another dimension to it where we would teach kids problem solving skills to ensure that even in future if faced with difficulty they would be able to solve them. Children are future leaders of tomorrow and endowing them with problem solving skills ensures that they grow up to be adults who don't wait for government to things for them or other external actors. Makes them responsible.

Children are the future of tomorrow. Especially in Africa where in 2050, the Youth will comprise of 50% of the total population in the continent. There is need to sure that we bring up our children in an environment they learn the art of solving their problems by their own according to the abilities that they have. Their is need to find tailored solutions to our problems instead of importing. Through this it will bring a strong sense of self purpose and belonging. The solution is to change our curricular from theoretical to more practical and applicable concept that could be utilized.  

Is your model focused on any of the following traditionally underserved communities?

  • Low-income communities

Does your model work within any of the following sectors?

  • Community Development and Empowerment
  • Education

Year Founded

2014

Project Stage

  • Idea (poised to launch)

Example: Walk the network through a specific example of what happens when a person or group engages with your solution.

Currently the education system in Kenya is more theoretical than practical. Children or students have learnt the skill of cramming and not understanding what they are being taught. This creates a problem as they are not to apply some of the things that they are taught in school to apply in some of some challenges they experience. It also reduces this rate of creativity and the ability to think out of the box. Thus through teaching children problem solving skills through enabling them first be able to identify problems them through their creative minds they could come up with a viable solution. Encouraging them and correcting whenever they hit a wall. This helps to boost their self confidence and identify at a young age their life purpose.

Impact: What was the impact of your work last year? Please also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The project is still on the strategic planing. But the foundation Vitabu Kwa Vijana society has been able to assist two schools last year. We were able to offer Mentoring products children sitting for their KCPE exams as well as donate over a thousand books to children both course books and exam practicing books. We have been able to reach thousands of children and thus we are thinking of changing the model to be able to be more impactful.

Organization Type

  • nonprofit/NGO/citizen sector

Annual Budget

  • less than $1k

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is your solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

To ensure financial sustainability the project would generate its own income through the activities that would be carried place. For example children would be taught skills such as photography, agriculture where the income that would be produced would be used to buy books, stationary and other reading materials. While the little that would remain it would be sourced through partnership with other like minded organizations

Unique Value Proposition: How else is this problem being addressed? Are there other organizations working in the same field, and how does your project differ from these other approaches?

Yes there is. Its called the Sunshine Hope. In sunshine hope it helps to improve the livelihoods of families with low income by creating a source of income for the parents of this children. Through this it helps to support the needs of the family. While in my perspective I would like to deal with the children. Sometimes it maybe hard to change the way one person thinks as it is how they were brought up. But children are like clean sheet of paper. You can teach them something that they would carry for their lifetime. We all have different skills, talents and capabilities. We can work together.

Reflect on the Field and its Future: Stepping outside of your project, what do you see as the most important or promising shifts that can advance children’s wellbeing?

Different grading systems, social and emotional learning for educators

Source: How did you hear about the Children’s Wellbeing Challenge? (the answer will not be public)

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