The Enactus TTU club is part of an international non-profit club known as ENACTUS and is dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action. Enactus aims at preparing the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders to create a better world for everyone.
The mission of the club is to enhance sustainability of resources in the community and to help bring about positive impact through entrepreneurial action that has its foundation on innovative aptitude and adaptive resilience.
An apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, right? It is evident that Enactus TTU’s mission aligns perfectly with the university’s slogan of being a home of ideas.
The Enactus TTU club was revived in October 2020 by young, passionate students led by their faculty advisor Dr Nashon Adero after several years of it being dormant.
Indeed, there are no classes for beginners; right away you are always asked to deal with what is most difficult. Rainer Maria’s words made so much sense when we were faced by the national BIC challenge and had to seek a solution to inequality to access to quality education in Kenya.
Despite the challenges presented by COVID-19. We kept going through virtual meetings and we were able to come up with something. We furthered consultations and meetings after semester resumption in January and were elated to have interested individuals join the club and lend a hand towards the project.
We intended to narrow the knowledge divide among young learners by enhancing the quality and equity of access to learning resources using an assisted peer-to-peer online system, giving priority to STEM subjects.
As one of the innovative responses to the COVID era, our project was aiming at establishing a virtual, contactless collaboration between learners and learners, learners and trainers/mentors from the different STEM-related fields from the community, Taita Taveta University and the country at large to help out.
We were supposed to focus on being multipliers of what teachers do, hence we would have teacher volunteers as well. The peer system would ensure that these senior primary and high school students have someone to learn with and encourage them in their studies eliminating the idea of them giving up on their studies and dropping out. Our system would provide an effective learning environment for everyone whereby it was to facilitate early identification of these students’ talents from the basic school level and mentorship all throughout from passionate experts in the different fields.
To avoid redundancy of what is learnt at school, we would be uploading in the system, modules with questions created by the training team that would help develop the creative, spatial and critical thinking, teamwork and communication skills of the young learners as opposed to the classical class material.
The flexible lessons would be inquiry-driven with a few selected questions that required learners to think outside the box to develop their innovative aptitude and adaptive resilience, the qualities needed more to manage uncertainty and assure career security in the future of work and emerging era of Industry 4.0. Our source of inspiration was the large number of unemployed youth in Kenya, with different academic qualifications but lacking transferrable skills. So we wanted to make a difference in our own small way and start empowering from such a young age.
On the Top 5 list
The shortlisting of the top five from twelve teams was done after a month of the project submission and guess what! Our team had qualified for the top five proceeding to the pitching stage. The other four teams were: University of Eldoret, Moi University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology and Pwani University.
We were definitely all over the moon when we received the news, but at the same time, we developed cold feet because it was our first time at such a competition. Even so, since we had made the cut, we had to level up our skills and give it our best shot at the pitching stage.
The pitching happened on 18th March, 2021 at the BIC Headquarters and the team was represented by Nasubo Imelda, a fourth year Mining Engineering student, Faith Vaati, an Information Technology Student in third year and John Waruru, a fourth year Mining Engineering student.
The team did not emerge amongst the top three but the experience gained was worth every time and dime we put in our project. We were also able to gain exposure as a team and also interact with the different teams present and we are definitely hoping to create partnerships that will yield great fruits.
We are grateful to the Enactus Kenya Office for giving us a platform to grow, the BIC Group for supporting this growth, Our Enactus Faculty advisor Dr Nashon Adero for his continued wise guidance, the Enactus TTU Team that was united to ensure everything runs smoothly, Elijah Macharia and David Mugi who were our main system developers and above all we thank God who gave us strength and life through the whole process.
As Enactus TTU, we will keep shaping up as we keep on improving livelihoods in the community!
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