THANDIZO

The Creative Learning Lab

A Living Lab of Social Impact Africa

Empowering people with transformative Ideas, fostering creativity, joy and compassionate citizenship for an equitable and sustainable future

Thandizo, meaning “help” or “empower” in the local Chichewa language, represents our commitment to providing essential skills and opportunities for children, youth and community members across Africa. Thandizo, the creative learning lab of Social Impact Africa, conceptualised about a month ago, will begin operations in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Uganda.

Thandizo envisions a world where every young mind embraces their unique purpose and entrepreneurial potential, fostering a society of inclusivity and interconnectedness. Our mission is to revolutionise education, empowering children, youth, and communities through innovative, personalised learning experiences. By nurturing individual creativity, leadership, and natural talents often overlooked by traditional education, we enable people to lead fulfilling lives. Through Thandizo, we aspire to create a vibrant community of empowered individuals, driving innovation, social progress, and sustainable change on the global stage.

INCUBATION PROGRAM GOALS

Thandizo Creative Learning Lab was established in strategic locations across Southern Africa, focusing on serving communities where access to quality education and entrepreneurial resources is limited. We aim to achieve the following objectives:

  • Enhance creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills among participants
  • Equip participants with social entrepreneurial skills, promoting creativity, innovation and social impact initiatives.
  • Facilitate the establishment of creative micro-enterprises, thereby creating employment opportunities and improving livelihoods
  • Design sessions, training and group mentoring activities that equip participants with social and emotional skills and tools that nurtures optimism, enhances perspective taking, empathy and kindness as well as fostering complex problem solving skills which help resolve conflicts and builds resilience
  • Networking: Facilitate connections with industry professionals, potential clients, and collaborators.
  • Contribute to enhance and further develop the creative industries sector in the three countries, and ensure that only high quality products are developed suitable for export to Europe and the rest of the world
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