The URDT Girls School recognised as one of the first changemaker schools in East Africa
Ashoka believes that building a critical mass of changemakers with ground breaking ideas is an important step toward creating a vibrant and prosperous African continent.
The URDT Girls School was recognised by Ashoka as an innovative social enterprise that equips students as changemakers.
In July 2014, the Change Leaders Dr Mwalimu Musheshe and Mrs Alida Bakema-Boon participated in the Ashoka Changemaker Summit in Nairobi to receive the recognition on behalf of URDT. The Vice Chancellor of the African Rural University, Professor Dennis Atwaru, graced the occasion with his presence. See picture below.
Amongst the over 200 participants were social entrepreneurs and business people from Kenya, Uganda and Ashoka representatives and fellows from USA, India, Egypt, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.
How did Ashoka select the school?
Ashoka looked for schools of all types, geographies, and demographics that have the following characteristics:
Allignment in the school on Everyone a Changemaker. This included:
Innovation. Demonstrated ability and willingness to develop and test new ideas, rather than just following established norms and leadership fosters a culture of innovation in the school.
Influence. Authority, reputation and relevance to influence others in the education sector. The school showed a clear aspiration and either the demonstrated capacity or obvious potential to get others to follow their lead.
Changemakers. Have a Change Team, comprised of teachers, administrators, parents, students and other stakeholders who are entrepreneurial, collegial, ethical and share the everyone a changemaker vision. The team also demonstrated commitment to realizing the vision in their own school and beyond and a willingness to equally share their experiences and to learn from others.
The selection process consisted of four stages: