Design With Social Impact Workshop.

Date and time: 
Fri, 04/28/2017 - 08:49

(Director School of the Arts and Design, Dr. Lilac Osanjo presenting a certificate to a participating student)

(Rose Koech a student from UoN receives a certificate from Dr. Lilac Osanjo)

The ‘Design with Social Impact’ project ended on a high note at Machakos where the various participants displayed their projects.  Among the participants were Farmers involved in the project, representatives from the institutions involved as well as representatives from Bio Vision Africa. The major highlights of the event were a student exhibition and project presentations as well as an award ceremony where the students and farmers were awarded for their participation.  The program was initiated by the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in February 2016. It aims to equip students from Switzerland, Macedonia and Kenya with knowledge and methods to work on social- environmental and ecological challenges. In interdisciplinary and intercultural teams, students work close with stakeholders and affected communities.

The program saw three universities, Zurich University of the Arts, University of Nairobi, School of the Arts and Design, Ss Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia come together to use design in areas it is scarcely used  to bring about positive change with the main focus being Organic Agriculture and Youth in Business Development.

The students were organized in groups of three with a student from each of the participating university in each group.  The students had been tasked to come up with design based solutions to farmer problems within Machakos County.

The expected outcome of the project is to reduce hunger and poverty through sustainable food production, achievement of food security, improved nutrition and promotion of sustainable agriculture.

In Kenya the projects aims at achieving impact through the Vision 2030 pillars of social, political and economic goals through increasing value in agriculture (innovation and technology), increased productivity and more inclusive trade. It also offers human resource development through youth education (globally competitiveness), enhanced equity and wealth creation opportunities for the marginalized communities.




Expiry Date: 
Thu, 12/31/2020 - 08:49


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