Global Issues Design Challenge - Tanzania

Global Issues Design Challenge - Tanzania

Global Issues Design Challenge offers a unique visit with a local Rustic team to understand critical global issues. We are happy to discuss customizing a program to the length, location, or topic of your choice. Contact us at to learn more.

Build your students’ skills to change the world on a week-long (remote) adventure to Tanzania. Meet the local team and learn about Tanzania’s work to tackle the issues of access to quality education. Then, using IDEO’s Design Thinking framework, your students will collaborate with their team to identify a specific problem and develop and pitch a solution.

Access to quality education is one of the cornerstones of sustainable development. Tanzania has seen its good days in education starting with universal primary education. However, with a 67% school drop out rate and a 169:1 student-teacher ratio, Tanzania still has progress to make. We’ll discuss these challenges and what they mean to ensure access to education for all children in Tanzania. We will take a special focus on relation to gender and the challenges facing the education sector in Tanzania.

During the Global Issues Design Challenge, your students will:

  • Be empowered to take real action at a time when the world is ready for change.
  • Develop creative thinking skills, grow as a global citizen, and have practiced thinking about systems for change.
  • Discuss issues with like-minded Rustic Pathways staff and experts from around the world.
  • Apply a Design Thinking framework to quickly iterate creative solutions.
  • Earn a 15 hour Community Impact Certificate reflecting the time spent on the program.
  • Build something to brag about on their college transcripts.
Program Profile
Program Profile

Rustic program leaders will guide your class on this learning journey, and local experts will join to share context and insights. Your students will drive the learning journey, diving into burning questions about how these critical issues impact our world, and where their passions and interests connect with creating meaningful change.

Students will be able to understand in depth the realities of access to education in a developing nation. They will be able to understand more the Tanzanian political, economical and cultural realities that directly impact the education sector. They will also learn the fun side of Tanzania ‘s rich history, amazing people, music, and food.

Weekly Overview

Monday : Empathize – Live interaction with the Tanzania country team. Learn about school access, education quality, and the local culture.

Tuesday : Define – Live interaction with the Tanzania country team. Learn about school access, education quality, and the local culture.

Wednesday : Ideate – Students brainstorm ideas with their teams on how they might improve access to quality education. The sky’s the limit here!!!!

Thursday : Prototype & Test – Working with their groups, students flesh out their solution concept and plan a final presentation.

Friday : Present – Live presentations of plans! The team with the best plan wins Rustic gear!

Local Expert

Tusekile Mwakalundwa

Tanzania Community Impact Manager

Tusekile is passionate about community development especially in health and education. After completing her master’s in human rights Law she joined the faculty at Tumaini University Makumira as an assistant lecturer. She ventured into development work as that has always been her passion, she started her own project “Bride’s with Skills” seeking to improve skills for girls not in mainstream education and at risk of early marriages. She joined Rustic Pathways in 2018 as a community impact manager, a perfect fit for her passion. She loves having conversations with people from all walks of life, cooking and styling African hair.

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