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Global Issues Design Challenge - Tanzania

Global Issues Design Challenge - Tanzania

Build your 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, collaborate with your team of Rustic students from around the globe 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 it’s 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, you 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.
  • Network with like-minded Rustic Pathways students and staff, and experts from around the world.
  • Apply a Design Thinking framework with your team 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 your college transcript.
Program Profile
Program Profile

Your Rustic program leaders will guide you on this learning journey, and local experts will join to share context and insights. You and your team will drive the learning journey, diving into your burning questions about how these critical issues impact our world, and where your 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– Get to know your Rustic Pathways program leader and team of Rustic students. Further discussions help you build further background knowledge.
Wednesday : Ideate – Brainstorm ideas with your team for how you might improve access to quality education. The sky’s the limit here!!!!
Thursday : Prototype & Test – Work with your group to flesh out your solution concept and plan your final presentation.
Friday : Present – Live presentations of your 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.

See Tuse’s Profile Page