Project Seed (The Workshop)
According to the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), the stress that comes with being poor negatively affect strategic thinking and self-regulation skills that people need to break the poverty cycle. These skills, known as executive function (EF) skills, are fundamental to our ability to solve problems, to multitask, to juggle priorities, to control impulses, to delay gratification, and to persist in the pursuit of goals. Hence the need for the Design thinking workshop, which is the second phase of Project Seed and a follow up with the girls from the Symposium. The workshop focused on the introduction of Tech and the never-ending possibilities of AI to empower the girls to become problem solvers.
To get them started, we saddled all the girls with a recurring problem, the problem of limited access to quality formal education. They were to think creatively on viable solutions and proffer executable solutions that can help their current reality. The causal factors of poor access to education as identified by the girls ranged from poverty, geographic location to gender bias. Their proffered solutions include government policies in favour of female education, better infrastructure, scholarships, and policies against gender bias.
Ultimately, more can be done for girls in underserved areas. With more sponsors, funds, scholarships, mentorship and volunteers, more girls can have access to greater opportunities and the poverty gap closed even further.
At She Innovators, we are dedicated to eradicating poverty in Africa by availing opportunities to kids in underserved areas.