Waza Experience Preparing the next generation of thoughtful techies in Kenya
The NeedLack of emphasis on creative thinkingand problem solving in the traditionalKenyan education system;Inspired by the success of the LIWATrust Student Innovation Expo; JuniorAchievement Kenya;Start early - target primary-level students
Aims:Inspire Kenyan children to: be more creative; think critically; improve their communication skills.
Why ?• Leveraging on the community and the expressed desire to engage outside of Bishop Magua• Developing the next generation: • Thoughtful techies who can design better products for users • Researchers who can think of the big picture • All-around better engaged citizen!
The Waza CurriculumDesigned to take advantage ofchildren’s natural curiosityEmphasis on local Kenyan innovationsusing easily-available resourcesBorrows heavily from Design Thinkingprinciples
The Waza CurriculumEmpathy/DiscoveryInterpretation/Problem IdentificationIdeation/ExperimentationPrototyping/InventingTesting/Collecting Feedback
Waza “Train the Trainers” Curriculum 2 Day Mandatory Training (April 27, May 4; 10 am – Noon) Trainers will be immersed in: Design Thinking Creativity Communication Informal; made to think & facilitate
Pilot School: Amani Primary Started volunteering at Amani Primary School in March 2011 as a way to engage with community around art; The school administrators are fully supportive of new curriculum under Waza. Have completed “baseline” inquiry and first class of empathy. Aim to have 2-month pilot before re-assessing the curriculum and continuing.
Future VisionOpen Source curriculum (specific to Kenya) foruse by any organization;Adoption and adaption of the curriculum indifferent schools around the country by localcommunity members and educationalinstitutions;Annual Invention Convention event for studentsto showcase their inventions;Active alumni network of Waza Experiencegraduates.
How Can You Join?On-going volunteering with the AmaniPrimary School pilot programOn-going development of WazaCurriculum/Advisory
Who is a Waza Corpie?Committed/Reliable (able to volunteer forat least 2 consecutive Saturdays every othermonth over a 6-month period)Curious (interested in learning with the kidsas peers and not in simply dictating to them)Open (flexible and willing to do what needs tobe done; easy-going)Interest in: Education; Innovation; DesignThinking; Kenya’s Future!
Who is a Waza Advisor?Knowledgable (extensive experience with theKenyan education system)Passionate (cares about improving Kenyanfuture generations)Consistent (will respond to inquiries in a timelymanner)Connected (can link Waza to relevant possiblepartners and other advisors)
Who is a Waza All-Star Member?Ultra Committed (willing to dedicateat least 5-15 hours a week)Driven (passionate about Kenyanyouth and developing their skills)Knowledgeable (design thinking;creativity; innovation; education)
Thank you!For more information, check out: www.wazaexperience.org ahsc25[at]gmail[dot]com
Mandatory Trainings:Saturday, April 27th 10 am – Noon Saturday, May 4 10 am – Noon th