The Youth Innovation Partnership (YIP) was established in 2012 by Bright Green Enterprise, a UK education social enterprise with the aim of developing innovative learning activities to engage youth in STEM education (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), sustainability, and social enterprise.
As an enterprise and skills specialist serving more than 40,000 students to-date, the core range of activities is delivered in short easy cycles to support core Tanzanian National Curriculum objectives at minimal timetable impact.
Each YIP core topical program is built on a STEM learning framework that broadens students' understanding of core subject knowledge and allows them to apply this in an entrepreneurial context. Science and technology are key growth areas under Tanzanian economic and educational strategy with policy toward building national capabilities for participation within the “knowledge society.” Working across the Arumeru region of northern Tanzania, YIP Tanzania’s programs offer a student-led approach to 21st century enterprise and skills development, ensuring that youth remain engaged and aware of how core curriculum knowledge can impact and meet local social and environmental sustainability goals.
Programs are delivered in partnership with schools, their teachers, and local private-public partnerships. As such, YIP’s programs can lead to STEM ventures outside of the classroom, exploring areas such as engineering, technology, and sustainability under instruction from local entrepreneurs and innovators. The aim is to build up teacher participation and routine over the next two to four years and expand the network of organizational partners who can offer tailored learning experiences.
YIP Tanzania is involved with fair competitions for science, technology, and innovation.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportExtra-curricular activitiesMentorship/internship/job placementMath/numeracyScience & engineering21st century skills (soft skills)Entrepreneurship skillsVocational/technical skills
Model details2012Not-for-profitOtherEntrepreneurship, environment, and society with businessMath/numeracyScience & engineering21st century skills (soft skills)Entrepreneurship skillsVocational/technical skillsActiveLong-term projectFree service or productLiter of LightPowertraveller Ltd.Jimmy's Iced Coffee Ltd.50060%40%
BeneficiariesNomadic communitiesOrphans and vulnerable childrenOtherChildren with limited education opportunities
TIA targets lower-income schools and community projects through the support of local leaders (Mshili) and state-funded government schools.
TechnologySolar technologyEnrichment or remediation resourcesPowertraveller Ltd.Global Cycle Solutions Tanzania
Private Schools | Recently, TIA began to work with a local international school, the lowest-cost private school in Tanzania. This is first private school to participate in the program.
Capacity Building | Currently, TIA is facilitated by UK staff. However, sustainability issues have prompted the initiative to consider training local staff in the future. This will allow the objectives and style of the project to be more easily adopted by schools. The main challenge in engaging local community members is teaching them the value of TIA as opposed to traditional education methods.
Local Networks | The program also hopes to strengthen its local business networks so that students can introduce more local challenges into the curriculum. This will also give students the opportunity to offer their own short-term project ideas rather than only receiving ideas from TIA.
Enrichment Programs | In the future, TIA hopes to offer more female enrichment opportunities to girls as well as career enrichment programs to all students.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
While the program's formal monitoring and evaluation strategy is still being developed, it is likely to follow the model set forth by its companion initiative in the UK. In this model, students are assessed at the beginning and end of each session measuring their progress on core employment skills. The methodology is designed through a series of questions assessing teamwork, leadership, and communication skills. Throughout the program, students are similarly evaluated. In addition to learning assessments, the UK model emphasizes self-evaluation having found that a significant amount of data can be gathered this way.Standardized assessment performanceUser satisfactionAbility to reach the poorNo