Say NO to Absenteeism and drop out to Most Vulnerable Children
The idea is to improve access to quality vocational and entrepreneurship education.
What problem does your innovation solve?
12% members in Kigoma they cannot read or write. 41% completed only primary education, only 5% completed secondary education. 42% accounts for other issues from dropouts anywhere from primary to secondary school and other forms of informal education. A special attention is needed for education. Vocational training is the key to help society of this kind as it gives skills which can be directly applied depending on their environment and give them instant impact in their socioeconomic life.
Explain your innovation.
This business is targeting all primary and secondary schools drop-outs and primary and secondary students from disadvantaged families. Through this business I will introduce an education voucher scheme to the undeserved children families to cover costs for uniforms, books and stationary. The education voucher scheme will be given to child as a loan where family members will have to pay it back indirectly so as to sustain this business and serving children as many as possible. How will the family pay it back?
All young people within the family where the child is coming from will be enrolled into vocational, business, information communication and technology training that will enable them to gain employment knowledge and skills that will enable them to enter labour market. Vocational graduates will be given startup capital that will enable them to invest and hence pay back the costs slowly.
The technology component of my business idea will be of using learning platform/application that will be offline and online. The offline application will be installed desktop, laptop or tablet with primary, secondary and vocational, business and entrepreneurship education materials depending to the need of the customer; its cost will be paid annually. This application with all desirable materials identified to be sold to primary and secondary schools where all identified children will study.
The main beneficiaries are divided into two category namely primary, secondary students, vocational training institution and education institution owners where we have local government and private sector. Others are teachers within those institution and parents where these children are coming from.
For the education institution owners I will advocate for the use of the application including advertising it. Because my organization KIOO owns an education and vocational training center I will use it for advertisement where all students that will be enrolled will be using this application during their studies and their experiences in using the application will stimulate others to use the application. About age it will start to primary age and above depending on the need of the customer; gender location and others will not be the problem for the application as it will be a user friendly that applies to all ages from any location mostly when it comes to mobile users.
How is your innovation unique?
The innovation unique of this idea will be of using learning platform/application that will be offline and online. The offline application will be installed desktop, laptop or tablet with primary, secondary and vocational, business and entrepreneurship education materials depending to the need of the customer; its cost will be paid annually. This application with all desirable materials identified to be sold to primary and secondary schools where all identified children will study. My organization after a school has shown interest of buying the application we will offer them a computer where such application will be installed and they will be paying for the computer in installments. The online application will enable user to have access to the platform anywhere. A password will be given to someone that has paid for it and can access materials which he/she can download to his/her devices including mobile phone.
What are some of your unanswered questions about the idea?
The factors that will make this idea more successful are as follows below: -
1. Availability of education voucher scheme, currently there is no this kind of business to primary, secondary and vocational institution level. The only current available education support is for university students where loan is given by government however parents has no say and involvement on how the loan is spend ant its impact to the student; so having that is a great opportunity to make my business successful.
2. Distribution startup kits/capital to vocational, information and communication technology will enable graduates to enter the labour market directly without complaining availability of capital and
Tell us more about you.
I am the director of the education and vocational training centre that provides remedial/supplementary education for primary and secondary school drop-outs and provision of vocational skills and knowledge that allow disadvantaged /under-saved groups to gain entrepreneurship and technical skills for them to create self employment by capturing existing opportunities around Kigoma region in Tanzania.
What is the primary type of emergency setting where your innovation would operate?
Emergency Setting - Elaborate
Burundian refugees camps where young people are displaced
Where will your innovation be implemented?
This innovation will be implemented in Burundian refugees camps located in Kigoma region.
Experience in Implementation Country(ies)
Yes, for more than one year.
KIOO has been working in Kigoma rural since 2004; we have realized that most of under saved children are facing challenges in accessing their daily basic needs; girls are the most affected by the problem. In the fishing camps and tobacco farming areas they are used as cheap labour. The heads of the fishing camps use their financial power to manipulate girls and to harass them sexually. This practice has increased number of adolescent parents and children with limited care services in the area.
I've worked in a sector related to my innovation for more than a year.
Sector Expertise - Elaborate
KIOO has 10 experts in the area
Existing Prototype or Pilot: I have tested a part of my solution with users and am iterating.
We are a registered non-profit, charity, NGO, or community-based organization.
Umoja wa wawezeshaji KIOO P.O.BOX 1369 Kigoma Tanzania.