Dereck Chitama, Caroline Ryan, Paul Sserumaga, and Japhet Killewo from the Solve the Equation East Africa team
Young entrepreneurs are being trained and mentored under the university canopy, linkages with industry have been established across all partners in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania through exhibitions and student club activities. In Tanzania a doctor turned fashion designer returned to his former institution of medical training to narrate his journey; agricultural graduates at Makerere University exhibited organic liquid fertilizer and innovations on horticultural aesthetics and sorgum porridge; while at University of Nairobi the CEO of Kenya Livestock Finance Trust encouraged students to develop their skills offering support services for their innovations. In Rwanda the Guild students were busy developing their SEE business plan templates for submission of proposals to University of Rwanda, Entrepreneurial competitions hoping to get their hands on some start up capital.
Despite many challenges and limited resources SEE is slowly albeit confidently rolling out its philosophy of change and the skeleton of SEE’s core framework model of trainings, experiential learning and mentorship at all 4 Universities across East Africa have laid their foundations. A region often making international headlines due to political conflict, terrorist attacks, disease, poverty and mass unemployment overlies a mass potential of energetic and educated youth seeking to be agents of change within their societies. The SEE project will continue to support their journey as it emerges from humble beginnings.