In her tenth grade, during an occasional career guidance session, Mwenya shared her dreams for a career in the space science industry which was a childhood dream, she was hoping to be guided through the process, but she was laughed at by the whole class, including the guidance teacher who told her to find a career perfect suited for her country.
These experiences made her realize the restrictions most educational systems place on our dreams concerning how they can be nurtured, and how the concentration is for us to be someone important rather than do something important. There is a missing element to the overall learning curriculum approach – the concept of focusing on the academic brilliance of a person while ignoring other characteristics that will help with an individual’s personality development is something that needs revisiting and improvisation at entirely every level of study.
When Mwenya first drafted her idea about providing interactive visual aids, she discovered that there were so many concepts that she wanted to include. It made room for her to broaden her efforts to innovative ideas that she decided to call the “Paideia Solutions.”
For instance, there is a lack of innovative approaches in schools that allow them to be contributors to the United Nations 2030 SDG Agenda. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 as a universal call to action to end poverty and hunger, realize human rights for all, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources by 2030.
Education is the biggest platform there is in our society today therefore, it is cardinal that we use it to encourage civic engagement through the creation of new youth advocacy initiatives. The Sustainable Development Goals are broken down in a way that helps us achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. Therefore, harnessing innovation in education management that will allow every person to contribute towards this agenda is a sustainable approach to achieving these goals.
The Paideia Project believes education which is goal number 4, is the hallmark of achieving all the SDGs, and what better way than implement them in our education system through creative tools and platforms. And partnerships (goal number 17) are key to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 agenda.
Mwenya was chatting with her mentor (Astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt) today, and he talked about how there is no questioning the intelligence and the ability to learn; we just need the right tools in place. This is what the Paideia Project is doing, making aware of those possibilities that have ever been farfetched. We hope to inspire you!