Social change program kicks-off

 

In April we launched our Samburu Achieving with Aspirations (SAWA) program, a year-long social change program focused on identifying and prioritizing community issues, understanding root causes of the issues, and developing innovative and creative solutions. Our third- and fourth-year students work in teams of 6-8 to apply the program at a scale of one village within their community. In April, students acquire the basic understanding of how to go about social change. In August, they work with members of the community to identify high priority issues, and develop innovative solutions to one of those issues. In November, they implement the proposed solution, and evaluate for outcomes over the ensuing months. Our aim with SAWA is for our students to think differently about persistent challenges in their community, to ditch interventions that fail to address root causes, and feel confident in taking risks to develop new ideas. It’s an exciting proposition that we hope leads to long-term change as they become leaders in the community.

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