As Founder, Mwenya was often asked what she envisioned for the Paideia Project’s logo, and she always imagined a tree because of its nurturing abilities to provide food, shelter, protection, medicines, homes for many birds and mammals, among other things. Mwenya also recalls having a conversation with her cousin about how the roots of a tree search long and hard for underground water to ensure not only its survival but most importantly the environment around it. When they find a hurdle in the form of rock, for instance, they do not stop but break through it, or find ways around it – that is the resilient nature of a tree. This conversation affirmed even more the use of a tree to represent us.
As you may already know, the Paideia project is an initiative that aims to integrate interactive learning aids and youth advocacy initiatives to promote the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals and improve access to quality education for all. Through our stories, we hope to create more inclusive and equitable structures that provide lifelong opportunities for young people and help build resilient communities. Each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is represented by a different color, and we believe that the creative tools and platforms implemented in our education system can help bring these goals to life and brighten our communities.
The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of unity and collaboration. At The Paideia, we recognize the value of working together towards a common goal. We promote volunteerism and service commitments, inspiring civic engagement through our diverse range of youth leadership and empowerment programs. We strive to work with institutions and businesses to create volunteering requirements and programs, and connect individuals from diverse backgrounds through internships and service opportunities. By creating new pathways for volunteer opportunities, we hope to foster a sense of community and empowerment among individuals of all ages and backgrounds.
After much brainstorming and collaboration, we are proud to unveil our new logo, which creatively depicts our mission of promoting inclusive and equitable quality education, and lifelong learning opportunities for all. The tree, with its many branches and roots, symbolizes the interconnectedness of education with all aspects of life, including food, shelter, and medicine. The hands that forge the tree represent the collective effort required to build a better world through education, and the different colors represent the diversity and uniqueness of each individual. The circle in which the tree sits represents the global community and the shared responsibility we have to ensure that education is accessible to all. We hope this logo serves as a reminder of our commitment to creating resilient communities through education.