Given all the problems our world faces — environmental, energy, food security, conflict, health — we need as many people as possible to put their ideas and solutions forward.
Simple maths indicates that if only 3% to 5% of the world's population thinks they can solve these problems then progress will not only be slow, for many it may also be too late.
As a global society we’re still evaluating the scale of the issues facing the world. The full effects will be experienced by the youth of today. That’s why at Africa’s Gift we’re committed to helping young people from all backgrounds, and regardless of whether they attend an independent or state school, become aware of the issues.
We believe in doing what we can to help young people recognise that change doesn’t have to be something that happens to them, that they can take the initiative and make things happen. They can be “changemakers” who make lasting improvements in their home communities and around the world.
Most of the community projects Africa's Gift helps design will take place outside of school hours. Many of the projects we help to design for young people are designed in partnership with organizations who have a long tradition of providing activities that interest and challenge young people.
Organisations with which we have strong affinities include the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, the Scouts Association, the Baden Powell Scouts' Association UK and the Guide Association.
Africa’s Gift helps schools get students involved by doing just that – we engage them through activity and involvement with community projects.
Through the links they form with local people and with overseas communities our projects bring subjects to life, giving them relevance and meaning beyond text books and beyond the exams that must be taken.
Africa's Gift designs and supports community projects that involve young people at every stage. They are encouraged to develop initiative and think outside of the box as they evaluate ideas and develop solutions to real problems. Their involvement in starting and running a community project, in being part of the decision-making processes, provides young people with invaluable life-skills and experience. More importantly it gives them the means to know that they can make change happen, that they can be "changemakers".
Most community projects require some sort of funding. Our projects encourage young people to be creative and enterprising in generating funds to develop and implement their projects.
In some cases this has meant helping young people to set up and run a business within their school and community.