It’s a great time to look fondly at the memorable milestones that marked the last twelve months. With our 2018 highlights, we present our most memorable and outstanding accomplishments in our quest to deliver quality education to youth in East Africa! Our 2018 has seen many highlights such as a new partnership with an internationally acclaimed network, conferences held throughout the world, recognition from notable organizations, and program achievements within our Kenya and Tanzania locations.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
Teacher Makes Waves on a Global Scale
One of our Kenyan Board of Directors, Abdikadir Ismail, was among the top 50 finalists for the Global Teacher Prize Award from the Varkey Foundation! For years he has worked tirelessly to bring education to areas with conflict and abject poverty. As a finalist, much of his hard work, courage, and determination can be recognized in making an outstanding contribution in his profession. Abdi joins the Varkey Teacher Ambassadors community to work together on projects that impact fellow teachers and children across the globe.
Abdi was also recognized by Mediamax and Daily Nation for teaching resilience and for his role in ensuring that children go to school. He has shown immense courage by working in schools in hardship areas and turning them into success stories.
Africa’s Movers and Shakers
Kenya Board Member Hital Muraj’s’ own impressive record of awards grew this year as she became #2 in the 2018 list of Africa’s Movers and Shakers in Corporate Online Learning! Hital’s work and experience with technology and online learning with disadvantaged communities has deemed her as one of the most influential within the e-learning sector in Kenya! Out of the 26 women in a list of 100, Hital’s #2 placement puts her in the Elite Group of the top 25 where only the strongest female representation are placed.
Asante Africa Climbed to the Top
Our many projects to combat gender inequality and equip youth with employable skills in Kenya had placed us as a finalist in ActionAid’s SDG Ambassador Competition! As a finalist, team members went through a rigorous application process that involved an intensive day at the Boot Camp in the United States International University (USIU) – Africa.
Uniting on a Shared Goal
In October, Asante Africa had the privilege of joining Girls Not Brides, the global partnership of over 1000 civil society organizations seeking to end child marriage! With our new partnership, we can make our efforts stronger by joining forces to promote girls’ rights to help them reach their full potential instead of becoming child brides.
Entrepreneurial Methods Receive Global Recognition
Our entrepreneurial and innovative methods to educate youth have put us in the top 50 shortlisted organizations for the Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education!
Young Women Take the Win
At Asante Africa, we believe in creating more opportunities for girls and young women in the paid labor market. In September, we were incredibly honored to have received a recognition prize from YouthPower Learning for our innovative strategies in improving young women’s economic empowerment! As a grantee, we will conduct research and evaluations on our Girl-Led Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Program to continue to improve and find more solutions to girls’ and young women’s economic opportunities!
Our Proven Results in Mexico City
We were grateful to be invited for the third consecutive year to the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) Summit, hosted in Mexico City! Patriciah Muigai, our Kenya Program Manager, and Kanan Puntambekar, our Director of Monitoring & Research, presented results and achievements from our Girls’ Advancement Program, and After School Clubs – the challenges the program has addressed, as well as, future replication and engaging local support. The team impressed audiences with several cases of success stories!
Sustainability and Success
On September 27, Anne Muli and Joseph Etaan (Tullow Oil) had the opportunity to share their expertise at the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (GYEOS) in Washington, DC! They discussed how to create a sustainable model for African youth livelihood and development through industry partnerships. Our team shared the results from our Leadership & Entrepreneurship Program in Turkana, Kenya, to exemplify the success of partnerships between businesses and local governments with the community!
Marketplace of Skills
One of our teachers, Nelly Kimonye, nominated as best teacher takes the stage the Education that Pays conference in Nairobi, she shared her knowledge on self-sustaining school enterprises. Afterward, students and youth showcased the amazing products they’ve made with the support of teachers and organizations in a marketplace!
Breaking Down Barriers
Anne Muli’s passion for women’s equality and her role as a national change agent in Kenya granted her an invitation to speak in Global Citizen’s “She Is Equal” Summit during Global Citizen Week, September 22 to the 29, in New York City! Her talk explored why the menstruation stigma holds women back and the role that everyone can play in breaking such taboos.
Youth International Exchange
High school students from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda had the unique opportunity to travel to Arusha, Tanzania for the 2018 LEI Summit! Held between December 9-15, 100 students participated in the summit to explore and share ideas on how to build leadership, entrepreneurship, and life skills for the 21st century. With the theme of “promoting innovation and creating opportunities,” students engaged in interactive training, presentations, and industrial visits while gaining insight from guest speakers and mentors.
As we prepare for this next year, we know we represent the hard work, dedication, and commitment from a broad community working together. We look forward to reaching new heights in 2019, together!