CALL FOR WALA! (Shine): Lilongwe2Rabat! Industry Experts/Mentors Applications.
WALA is a collaborative project between Malawi's Kuwala Creatives and Hiba Foundation from Morocco which is being implement in conjunction with SunnyMoney Malawi and supported by HIVOS through African Crossroads Collaboration Grants.
Project Goal and description.
The project intends to explore the role adoption and use of clean and renewable energy (solar lights) can play in igniting the creative industry and promoting education for disadvantaged communities.
This collaborative project, aims to explore how access to clean renewable energy (solar lights) in remote schools in Dedza and Dzaleka refugees camp can contribute to increased productivity by the users in both their academic and creative lives.
"Through the project, we want engage some creatives in the setting up of solar libraries in 2 schools with the support of a solar lights supplier, SunnyMoney Malawi. Sunny Money Malawi is currently piloting light libraries in 2 schools. The challenge is on how to measure impact and come up with a way of engaging students and parents to get them to use the solar lights more and increase productivity". ~Dennis Imaan. Wala Project Coordinator, Malawi..
"Not only do we need to help a wider range of young people learn about the variety of occupations across the creative industries, we must also help employers and educators think a little differently about who & how they train, educate, recruit new & diverse talents that exist.'
~Zainab Guedira, GD: Hiba Foundation, WALA project partner, Morocco.
There aren't enough Career Advisers from the creative industries, which means that students aren't getting the support, exposure and advice that they need.
Become a WALA Careers Expert and make a difference to the future of the creative industries.
Your role as an Expert Adviser.
A WALA Careers Expert is a professional volunteer from business who works closely with our Team to provide strategic support. You will use your business experience and professional networks to help us develop and implement an effective strategy that puts opportunities in the creative sector at the heart of a young person's education and forces them to study and practice more using the available solar lights in their community solar lights library.
Why become an Adviser?
Volunteering as an Adviser can be incredibly rewarding. You’ll be supported by our team and a range of practical resources to help you in your role. You can also benefit from peer support from other advisors and broaden your network of contacts further.
Being a WALA Expert Adviser is a great opportunity to:
Support local schools to deliver world class careers guidance to their students, enabling young people to be prepared and inspired for the fast-changing world of work.
Undertake strategic planning in a new context; developing your skills in communication and strategy development with the rural young people.
Build strong working relationships with schools and provide insight into your organisation, industry and the opportunities available in the local labour market.
Give back to your community.
Better understand the education sector and the challenges faced.
Develop your local business network.
What you'll be doing
An Career Adviser adds value by:
Providing an employer's / professional perspective on what businesses are likely to be willing to do and what opportunities businesses would value.
Supporting the students' team to receives a meaningful professional encounter and workplace experiences- you are not expected to be an expert in the Careers landscape to do this!
Engaging with local businesses and employers in your network to encourage their involvement in activities at the schools.
Helping schools and the camp to focus efforts on programmes and activities that are most effective in motivating young people, supporting independent choice and enabling positive outcomes for young people.
Is being an WALA Careers Adviser right for me?
Our Advisers come from different industry sectors and professional backgrounds, be that employed, self-employed or recently retired. As an Enterprise Adviser you can use your unique business experience to inspire young people and prepare them for when they leave education.
You’ll gain new skills working with the senior leadership in a school and use your network to bring the right people together. If this appeals to you, and you are able to give around eight hours of your time a month over one academic year, we’d love to hear from you.
How do I get involved?
With your help, we can bring the right people together to strengthen our network and put young people's futures first.
Getting involved is simple:
REGISTER YOUR INTEREST
Email your portfolio or CV to us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Our coordinator will get in touch with you.
They will discuss suitability and local needs.
If agreed, you will join the Experts/ Adviser Network and receive project information and dates when you will be needed for engagements with the beneficiaries.
Below is our planned activities, and you will be needed to attend at least 2 of these.