Posts written by “Jim Laske


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Tackling barriers to secondary education using Human-Centered Design

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Firelight is working with a small cohort of Malawian partner organizations that interact with communities, students, teachers, local leaders, and government officials. The initiative uses a human-centered design (HCD) method to develop innovative approaches that improve transition, persistence, and exam pass rates for students in community day secondary schools. As this initiative launched, one lesson became very clear: human-centered design requires a complete shift in thinking about a problem, and this shift takes time. The organizations chosen for this initiative were [...]

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Initiative Overview: Improving Malawian Secondary School Access and Completion Through Innovation

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Firelight is working with a small cohort of Malawian partner organizations that interact with communities, students, teachers, local leaders, and government officials. The initiative uses a human-centered design (HCD) method to develop innovative approaches that improve transition, persistence, and exam pass rates for students in community day secondary schools. In 2014, 1.4 million youth were eligible for secondary school in Malawi, but only 346,000 of those were enrolled. If Malawi is going to rise out of being one of the lowest [...]

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Women Create Opportunities Through Business in Malawi

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  Tikondane Positive Living Support Organisation (TIPOLISO) in Malawi is a part of Fund: Her Village Venture. This is a wonderful opportunity to provide women with small business training and entrepreneurial skills and opportunities in their communities. In 2004, TIPOLISO started as a small women’s support group meeting under a tree. Now it has grown into an organization that works to promote human rights, food security, household economic strengthening and early childhood development for marginalized populations in southern Malawi. TIPOLISO fights stigma [...]

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