What has been the impact of your solution to date?
At present, this curriculum has not been implemented in classrooms. Curriculum use will begin August 2012.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
I project if CFC curricula is implemented nationwide in Tanzania, it will boost secondary school graduates literacy levels by over 100%. These graduates will have the capability to think critically about social issues, which will make them better candidates for college and careers in Tanzania's public service sectors.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
Two major barriers facing this project is attaining approval from the Tanzanian Ministry of Education to implement this program. To overcome hesitation on the part of the Ministry, I plan to provide them with data from the pilot program that indicates CFC's curricula teaches empathy in addition to literacy.
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
75% of all CFC students will be able to discuss social justice issues and propose their own empathetic solutions.
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
80% of Form 4 students who have studied under the CFC program will pass the National English Language exam and the CFC exam.
Founding Story: We want to hear about your "Aha!" moment. Share the story of where and when the founder(s) saw this solution's potential to change the world [125 words]
During my time at Harvard's School of Education, professors and visitors alike have stressed innovation as a vehicle for social change. I always assumed it had to be something technical, like creating social media to engage youth. However, when I began working as World Teach's Tanzania Curriculum Developer, the Director, Helen Claire Sievers, mentioned the program I was developing for World Teach stood a good chance of being used nationwide by Tanzania's Ministry of Education because the country is desperate for educational resources. At that moment I realized every word I put on the page had implications for other people's lives. If co-opted, my curriculum, made of only paper and imagination, will eventually reach thousands of students with minimal effort on my part. I decided then to make sure every lesson was infused with issues surrounding empathy and social justice that provide opportunities for students to develop problem solving skills at low cost.