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Africa Tutor Mentor Connection

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The Philanthropy of African Billionaires

Started by Daniel Bassill Jan 10, 2019.

Africa-Based organizations - introduce yourselves 6 Replies

Started by Daniel Bassill. Last reply by Daniel Bassill Apr 20, 2013.

Making this site a hub that attracts attention of potential volunteers and donors 6 Replies

Started by Daniel Bassill. Last reply by Daniel Bassill Sep 7, 2011.

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Comment by aliyu solomon barnabas on September 15, 2010 at 5:12pm
I love to be part of this...check the brief of my project @ www.menteementor.blogspot.com.
Comment by kayiwa on July 7, 2010 at 4:00pm
so Friends can we all introduce our projects especially what we do hear in Africa to attract the Donors
will be good to read each of your project.
Comment by kayiwa on May 29, 2010 at 2:14pm
I too would love to introduce to you my self
Am Ugandan Social worker.
I actually love to promote Youth Talents and i so far based in sports Talents
Because i believe that Talent Identification is the key to Success.
However In Uganda, the Education is quite different where by the focus is mostly put on how to .study and pass than learn practical things and to use the talents.
This needs to change and our youths may want as many mentors to develop
Comment by Daniel Bassill on May 29, 2010 at 8:29am
I encourage you all to visit http://actionatlas.org/about/index and learn how to submit information on your projects to this map. It is intended to help connect volunteers and donors with organizations throughout the world. I think you can use it to help draw donations to your projects in Africa.

If any of you use this, and can share your experience here, we might be able to work together to draw more attention to all of you, in ways that each of you have a better chance for donations.
Comment by Daniel Bassill on October 1, 2009 at 6:06pm
There will be a free, on-line course titled Introduction to Emerging Technologies addressing the concerns and opportunities around the use of technologies for learning in Africa. I encourage you all to visit this web site and subscribe to attend.
Comment by Daniel Bassill on September 3, 2009 at 12:40pm
How many of you write your own blogs? Can you write an article telling about why you are part of this ning site, providing a link to the site? If you do, post the link to your blog story here so we can build a list of blogs written by each of you about what you do.
Comment by Ben Parkinson on August 29, 2009 at 5:03am
Dan Bassill has suggested that the Africa group gets together, with a view to perhaps setting up some joint learning collective. Problems throughout Africa are clearly different, but there will be some commonality that we can share. Perhaps we could start by sharing details of the programmes that include mentoring and perhaps I can set the ball rolling.

We are looking for a couple more mentors, if there are any here, who feel they could contribute, then mail me at bencreates@aol.com.

The Butterfly Project (more info at www.socialenterpriseafrica.org) is working with mentors from overseas, who have experience in social enterprise, with a view to developing the young people on the project into the social entrepreneurs of the future. We have eleven young people on the project, who have been selected to have the type of characteristics that are needed to fulfil this vision.
Comment by Daniel Bassill on August 27, 2009 at 11:37am
Several people from Africa joined the Tutor/Mentor Connection site recently. I encourage you to join this group, and work together to build attention and resources for the work each of you are trying to do in different places.
Comment by Daniel Bassill on August 12, 2009 at 9:22am
John, it's good to see you in this group. For others reading this, I first connected with John in the Ned on-line group.

John, here's a set of links to training for mentors. If you draw from this information you will have a framework of ideas to guide you.

In the Tutor/Mentor Connection, I focus on the infrastructure that would support multiple mentor/mentee pairs in a structured, on-going program. Such programs need one or two people with a deep commitment to the kids, who will coach the mentors and mentees, and constantly bring new ideas, and new resources, so the program continues to meet the needs of the young people as they grow older.

If we can build strong support systems that keep volunteers involved, many of those volunteers will reach into their networks and bring more volunteers, and donors, to support the continued growth of programs.

If we can build support for this idea through our networking on this forum and in others, perhaps we can attract more of the donor support needed to help put this infrastructure in place.
Comment by John Powers on August 11, 2009 at 4:08pm

Introducing myself is something that's hard for some reason, but I'll give it a try.

I was fairly late to the Internet, but once I got online I got hooked. At the beginning news and instant messaging got my attention. I found myself talking with people all over the world, except people in Africa. The news from Africa made me despair.

It's important that I am naive. Robert Rodale of Organic Gardening fame wrote a book published just before his death in 1991, "Save Three Lives: A Guide to Famine Prevention." Rodale's approach was very much along the lines of "Small Is Beautiful." He felt that the solutions are to be found locally, and so Americans interested in helping to prevent famine must make connections with a community focus.

I looked online for pen pals and began corresponding with a young man working at a school in the Iganga region of Uganda named Nathan Magumba. Nathan reminded me the other day that we've been in contact for almost ten years.

In ten years, I've learned just how little I know. It's a process.

What brings me here is I've signed up to mentor a student in Kampala through a program I discovered at Ned.com. I'm very keen to share. First of all to be transparent so that dumb moves from ignorance can be spotted and corrected. And second so if together with Ivan we do something good, it can be shared with others.

It's lovely to find this space and I look forward to participating here.

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