Story 1 | "Unbelievably it's not just Kanye West who thinks Africa is a country. Working in UK education since 2011 I have been surprised (and alarmed) at the number of young people who a) refer to it as such b) think that poverty can be 'solved' and c) that the solution is found externally". - Lucy, BGE. Story 2 | "Tanzania is full of creative capacity and 'know how' but with a formal education system that limits learning to 'know what'". - Debbie, Twende. Story 3 | "So often learning within a school system isn't able to give students the time or space to simply think". - Rachel, Thoughtbox.
We met in Tanzania in 2013 and CD is the culmination of 3 years of research and development.
Creative Disruptors is a collaborative programme developed by three international organisations who have been working together since 2013:
Bright Green Enterprise, a UK - Tanzania organisation delivering enterprise and skills workshops to schools across the UK and Tanzania at Key 2-5 since 2008.
Thoughtbox Education, a UK - Tanzania organisation delivering an online global learning curriculum to schools in the UK and Tanzania at Key Stage 3-5.
Twende, an Arusha based Innovation Center in Tanzania (supported by MIT D-Lab and a member of the International Design Innovation Network (IDIN) working with students in regional schools across primary and secondary.
The programme is also supported within UK outreach activities by Makerversity at Somerset House, a unique makerspace for design and technology creators where maker lesson workshops, a 'hack day' and the team finals will be held.
The lead team members are:
Lucy Devall | Director at Bright Green Enterprise | MSc Innovation and Sustainability for International Development (SPRU, University of Sussex, UK).
Lucy has been a senior executive for a fortune 500 manufacturer specialising in clothing design and technology, living and working in the Far East, United States and mainland Europe, going on to project manage for a community education organisation in Mount Meru, Tanzania. She is a graduate of International Marketing and is finishing completion of her Masters at the Science Policy Research Unit at Sussex focusing her research on Tanzania.
Rachel Musson | Director at Thoughtbox Education | PGCE Secondary English Education (Goldsmiths, UK) | MSc Shakespeare and Theatre (Shakespeare Institute, UK).
Rachel has worked as a teacher of secondary education for over ten years; is a writer for educational reform and an educational consultant developing KS3-5 curricula within the UK and Tanzania. She has also managed and lead student programmes in South America, Asia and Africa and has lived and worked within the Tanzania education sector since 2013.
Deborah Tien | Development Director at Twende | BSc Astrophysics (Wellesley College, United States).
Debbie has been a software technology startup founder in the States; a researcher on love, sex, and marriage in India; and a designer of solar-powered autoclaves in Nicaragua and retina cell phone cameras in the UK. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in astrophysics and now focuses on developing strategy, marketing, and funding.