| Spectrum School of Design and Technology (SSDT)|
The Spectrum Transformation Services (STS), founded by Brainy Swaibu, is a community-based organization in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in western Uganda and a management organization that’ll spread the success, manage multiple schools/partners and act as a charter to provide comprehensive back-office and other support to each of the schools or partners.
STS MISSION: Saving the world from moving downstream toward decadence, self-slavery, and suffering through altruistic and design education to spiral upstream toward growth, strengths, happiness, freedom, character, and purpose.
The Spectrum School of Design and Technology (SSDT) currently serves about 20 teenagers and, in partnership with Enso Education Institute (founded by Dr. Martin Rayala, an alumnus of Singularity's 2018 Incubator program), has created a curriculum that teaches students practical skills in exponential technologies and STEM through service learning and solving real social challenges within the settlement, such as access to clean water, food, energy and more.
SSDT school’s mission: To accelerate the world's transition towards altruistic society through altruistic, technology and design education.
The broader goal of the program is to help students develop the capacity for altruism and service to others. The school has also been granted access to land to develop a university serving more students in the settlement. The settlement is home to refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi. There are about 140,000 refugee households. Of these, 81% are women and children and 19% are youth aged between 15-24 years. The settlement is also home to the elderly, unaccompanied minors and single mothers. Most refugees live off subsistence agriculture, but their 50 m2 plots of land do not yield enough food, so they supplement by keeping livestock or selling firewood or forest products. The settlement is located at the border with Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), western Uganda top of Lake Albert escapement. and can be reached by 5 hours’ walk from Albert.
OUR CREATIVE STORY
|These sign posts for various international organizations welcome you to Kyangwali Refugee settlement where Spectrum Transformation Services is currently having offices just about 3Km before you arrive in the camp.|
|Secondary age refugee children challenged with costly, distant schools and opt for farming in their 50sq meter plots in Kyangwali refugee settlement|
The function of education today is often cheapened to:
(1) giving away power without ensuring that power is equally matched by responsibility, duty, moral, and obligation to others, and
(2) providing knowledge without offering the purpose behind it.
(3) modern education envisions its students to be empty vessels to be filled.
The result of giving away power without character has made possible the world where the educated could use the power they received through education to steepen the precipice or take advantage of those who are less fortunate.
Why the problem persists
|Congolese children frightened by violent war scenes( dead bodies)|
On average, residents and the school experience at least 14 hours of power-cuts per day. This interrupts a number of vital services including access to household lighting, schooling, clean water, irrigation for farming and gardening, milling and other business opportunities. This in turn creates low levels of education, unemployment and poor economic conditions overall.
Given that Spectrum is a nonprofit, cost savings from renewable energy will allow them to offer additional financial aid to more underprivileged refugee students.
Spectrum is here to help by transforming refugees and humanity's long term future for good through design thinking, altruism and emerging technology education to create immersive experiences that inspire refugee people and everyone to act on their values and make meaningful change. We believe in the power of empathy driven innovation combined with technology for good! Our curriculum focuses on the science of altruistic human flourishing (intrinsic learning), exponential technologies and research. The rigorous curriculum will cultivate in students the knowledge that's beyond wit, grit and themselves. Students’ strengths, interests and needs will come together to form purpose and offer service to others.
Spectrum and Enso are currently working with Franklin University to explore various options to access clean energy.
Semtive, founded by Ignacio Juarez, (a Singularity Portfolio Company) builds a number of clean energy solutions that might work in the settlement.
The windmills are 95% recyclable, come with sophisticated software to integrate with grids, and are part of a business model that encourages job creation in local communities through local manufacturing, local software development, and installation.
Spectrum will also reshape education for the world to save the world and safeguard humanity’s long term future. Through teaching from an altruistic and spiritually awakened perspective, we plan to raise the consciousness of humanity, raise a culture of givers and safeguard our long term future.
OUR VALUE PROPOSITION
Design. Build. Change.
Our approach to transformational design is about people, not just products.
Three boards of directors support the mission and goals of Spectrum School of Design and Technology.
The Spectrum School of Design Board will have governance and fiduciary level control over all Spectrum of Design and Technology schools/partners. The board will operate as a public agency.
Spectrum Transformation Services is a private nonprofit to oversee the development and operation of the facilities that house SSDT schools.
Spectrum Transformation Services is a private nonprofit responsible for securing the philanthropic support needed to develop Spectrum School of Design schools.
SSDT is guided by four connected Design Principles that set aspirational goals and create a foundation for understanding our approach:
- Authentic Work
- Collaborative design
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