What has been the impact of your solution to date?
Design for Change was implemented with one school in 2011, and this story has inspired 7 more schools to take the DFC Challenge. In 2012 the team has run introductory workshops, process training, and we are currently mentoring schools through the feel stage of the process. By participating in DFC schools are providing students with an engaging project based learning experience and a chance to realise that they too can make a difference. Students are getting the chance to engage in their own education and at the same time learning valuable life skills of gaining empathy, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills. Teachers too, while guiding students through this process, are more engaged and developing themselves professionally by increasing their exposure to experiential learning and ability to guide students through careful questioning techniques.
While in its infancy and still in need of refinement, the response to DFC so far in Laos has been positive.
What is your projected impact over the next 1-3 years?
In 2012 we plan to mentor these 7 schools through the DFC challenge, collect videos, promote and share stories through a video and documentary screening, showcase DFC at the Asia-Europe People's Forum and if funding permits, produce DFC readers in Lao language to promote literacy and give something back to the schools that have participated. In the next 2 to 3 years, we would hope to secure support from the Ministry of Education in Laos, to scale up the project and use the stories and experiences from this year to improve our training and support and involve more schools in the challenge, especially rural schools. If continued funding is secured, we will continue the production of readers in Lao language to promote literacy and continue the SHARE stage of DFC to inspire others to join.
What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?
There are potential barriers to success:
- Morale and participation of the challenge schools until the share stage - overcome with one on one mentoring and support
- Funding - overcome by continuing to seek funding from a range of sources
- Thinking and questioning capacity of the teachers / volunteers leading the process and clarity of Lao tools - overcome by improving the training process, video process in Lao language as another tool with the curriculum
- Relationship and support from MOE - overcome by linking with PADETC and their established close working relationship and trust
- Expanding to rural areas - geographic barriers - distance and terrain - overcome by testing the model in urban areas first, engage local volunteers to monitor in rural areas
Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact
DFC Challenge 2012 completed, DFC documentary completed and documentary and videos ready for screening
Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone
Meet and present DFC to the Ministry of Education
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]
Having watched Kiran Bir Sethi’s inspiring talk on TED.com in 2010 and then discovering the Design For Change website Anfernee was excited by the "I Can" message of DFC, as well as the power of what the children showcased in Kiran's talk had done in India. Anfernee saw DFC as a potential solution to the challenges being faced in schools in Laos where traditionally teachers spoke and students listened. Here was an opportunity to allow students to express matters that really bothered them and then to go out and do something about it!