We’re Halfway our Safari – ‘Journey’
By Felia Boerwinkel & Nuria Mshare
30 youths from the Northern Zone of Tanzania and surrounding regions have gathered at Ms-TCDC in Arusha from 28th Jan for an exciting Energy Safari, 6 days of deep diving into problem solving pool where participants are be able to get better understanding on energy challenges in the Northern regions and how they can be met. It is a plan of the Energy Change Lab to bring the bright and creative minds together in a community of innovation that lasts beyond this Safari.
For the past days, participants have been learning our key Lab tool for problem solving known as Theory U, where they were able to Co-initiate, Explore, Reflect and Connect with solar energy consumers in the village of Komolo and Ketumbeine through our partners Rafiki Power and Power Corner. These enthusiastic youths who have passed a competitive selection of over 200 applicants have also been visiting other solar power companies such as Enda Solar and Ensol to learn more on the industry and mostly on the main focus of our 2018 Energy Safari which is Productive Use of Energy (PUE).
For the past days, participants have been learning our key Lab tool for problem solving known as Theory U, where they were able to Co-initiate, Explore, Reflect and Connect with solar energy consumers in the village of Komolo and Ketumbeine through our partners Rafiki Power and Power Corner.
Youth participants who are in this group have expectations which at the end we will come to see how far we have come across and worked together to ensure that both goals are met. In this journey participants are working to solve 5 key Productive Use of Energy cases of which we believe that after they have been solved youths will not only focus on the output which is a concrete prototype but also an outcome which on the long run – will help them to solve various issues they experience and are challenged with in their environment.
There are games and exciting evening activities going on during the Safari which sparkle the creative minds to stay alert in the journey of solving local community problems. We are looking forward to a fruitful end of the Safari as we have already passed the first half.
We designed this little booklet with information about the programme, the content of the Safari, and the participants who were selected to join the 2018 Energy Safari.