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Friday, March 23, 2012

Goal Setting at Ruchu Girls.

Cross-Section of Form 2's at Ruchu.
“Our Goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.”-Vincent Van Gogh.
On Saturday 10th March, Sisterhood set out to Ruchu Girls High School once more. This was to be our last time with the jovial form two’s this term. Our agenda for the day was to set goals!!

The educational system in Kenya is one of the toughest systems that currently exist. The 8-4-4 system has been criticized for focusing solely on examination only, as opposed to actually enlightening students. The recently released O levels results would suggest that most schools have set goals to be the best in the country by producing the best students with the highest possible scores. This is not a bad thing in itself, however other than the holistic goal for the school, and getting that A you might wonder what our student’s personal goals are if any…

As a student in this rigorous system, you might leave your 16years of ‘educated life’ without having made a single goal for yourself! The institutions in which we learn in make timetables and daily rosters and literally plan your initial 12 years of formal education for you technically!  With such tough structures, you might not see the need of setting personal goals as you have them spelt out already however not built to suite your explicit requirements.

If you ask many young Kenyans what they are doing on October 1 2012,most will say….I don’t know?Ngai that is so far?blah..blah..blah…A student in Primary or Secondary school will actually tell you that they’ll be revising for their finals but once that is out of the way they will give you that I don’t know auto-reply.

Ms Catherine Matheri,a life coach recognized this grave problem and has embarked on a Reach-Out-Goal Setting programe to get young people to set their own personal goals; both short term goals(while in school or for this academic term)and long term goals(after school and when the ‘real life starts’).At exactly 11 am on the day, the girls under the watchful eye of Ms Matheri got right to business. The session begun with a series of exercises to brain-storm and take stock of each person’s individual current situation. It is obviously logical to review where you are at to know where you want to be, and how to get that end result a reality.

Some of the exercises may not have made much sense to the girls but they helped them visualize what they want to be in 10-20 years’ time. Not only what profession they would like to be in, but what type of studies they would like to have accomplished or be pursuing, what finances and investments they would like to have, personal development,relationships,giving back to the community among others. Visualizing is not enough. The girls had to write down all their goals starting with the easier long-term goals and wound-up with the short term goals. Ms Matheri  finally taught the girls how to make those goals SMART(Specific,Measurable,Action-Oriented,Realistic and Attainable, Time Bound)and the need to constantly review them and share them with people they trust. The sharing of the goals, she insisted was for accountability and for moral support.

Making Goals is a continuous process, the often you do it, the easier it gets. Norman Vincent Peale once said that all successful people have goals. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he wants to go and what he wants to be or do…
Ms Matheri and Carol a student.

The girls at Ruchu Girls recently surprised us, they meet every Sunday in small groups which they formed to encourage each other, share their goals for the week and celebrate each other’s victorious for achievements accomplished. Now here’s to a goal setting generation!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Anzisha Prize Tour

Are you a model of entrepreneurial success in your community? What steps can you take to expand your sphere of influence and transform ideas for good into impact?
Anzisha wants to help you think through these questions and invest in young change makers like yourself that are working on addressing key issues. We’ll be holding summits in cities across Africa that will bring together shining young self-starters that are positively impacting their communities. These information sessions are free to attend, just bring yourself and your ideas for change.
Are YOU impacting the world around you?
Have you started a project that is changing lives?
Are you addressing challenges in your community?
If the answer to all of these questions is YES,
Join us at an Anzisha Prize summit in a city near you and learn how Anzisha can help you earn capital for your idea and build the change that you want to see in your world.
Tour Locations:
March 15th                         10am & 1pm       Lagos, Nigeria                        Wennovation Hub
March 17th                         11am & 2pm       Lagos, Nigeria                        Wennovation Hub
March 19th                         9am                     Lagos, Nigeria                        Wennovation Hub
March 26th                         12pm                   Dar es Salaam, Tanzania     Commission for Science and Technology
March 28th                         4pm                     Nairobi, Kenya                       iHub
March 31st                          TBD                      Nairobi, Kenya                       TBD
April 3rd                              TBD                      Rabat, Morocco
April 5th                              2pm                      Lusaka, Zambia                      American International School
April 7th                              2pm                      Accra, Ghana                          British Council Hall
April 10th                            3pm                      Accra, Ghana                          Ashesi University
April 12th                            TBD                      Dakar, Senegal
April 17th                            5pm                     Kampala, Uganda                    Mara Launch Pad
April 16th, 17th                                               Johannesburg, South Africa  GIBS
April 19th                                                         Cape town, South Africa         University of Cape Town