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Hi Joseph

I am wondering whether you have considered the challenges of introducing something new in school curriculum as it requires engaging with higher levels of governments and dealing with existing (often complex procedures).

I commend the idea of having trained or certified data collectors, but am not sure if school students would be most appropriate for this. Your thoughts?

Regards

Sunandan

Hi Rehana

I believe you need to explore existing institutions (formal, informal) that could be leveraged to implement your idea rather than creating a new one (i.e. communication centre). The innovation of your idea lies is your ability to do so. Managing an institution is a major challenge that could suck up a lot of time and resources, and therefore avoidable to the extent possible so that energies can be directed towards the main goals.

You would also need to explore further how your idea will be sustained 

Hope these help

Sunandan

Hi Tyler
Great idea! Such initiatives are very relevant and needed. I would urge you to focus on ensuring that the data that is generated is used for designing developmental activities for these communities. This would require sensitizing and mobilising  local governments and other relevant stakeholders on the need to use this data and involving slum communities in designing developmental programs, and and creating opportunities for dialogues between them. This process of engagement and partnership building would support the sustainability of the initiative. 

Keep up the good work

Sunandan