Kutana na Felix: Kutoka Shule ya Sekondari // Meet Felix: A Look into Our Secondary School Workshops
B: Epifania Wilbard
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Felix ni kijana mdogo wa miaka 15, anasoma kidato cha nne katika shule ya sekondari Njiro Mkoani Arusha. Kijana huyu ameifahamu Twende kupitia utambulisho mfupi unaofanywa na wawakilishi kutoka kwenye kituo hiki cha ubunifu ambao hutembelea shule mbalimbali kwa ajili ya kuitangaza na kuwafahamisha watu mbalimbali hasa wanafunnzi, nia na malengo ya kituo hiki ni kuwasaidia wabunifu wadogowadogo wenye mawazo ya kiubunifu na kuwawezesha kuyaweka katika uhalisia kwa lengo la kusuluhisha changamoto zinazo zisumbua jamii za kitanzania.
Katika kuwezesha wenye mawazo na ambao hawana mawazo tunatoa mafunzo ya takribani siku tatu ambapo wanajifunza ujuzi wa kutengeneza vitu kama vile tochi, chaja za simu kwa kutumia sola na kisha wanapewa nafasi ya kuja na changamoto ambayo ipo kwenye jamii walikotoka na kuitafutia ufumbuzi.
Kama mnavyoona kwenye picha hapo juu ni kifaa cha kuzalisha umeme wa maji (Hydropower). Wakati anafanya ubunifu huo, hakua mchoyo wa kuelezea habari zake kama hizi:” Kabla sijapata wazo la mradi nilifikiria kuhusu maisha tunayoishi mimi na familia yangu pamoja na jamii inayotuzunguka kwa muda, ndipo nilipogundua tuna changamoto upande wa nishati kwani mpaka sasa tunatumia taa za chemli na vibatari. Pia nikafikiria njia ya kuweza kulitatua tatizo hili, ndipo nilikumbuka kuhusu umeme wa maji(hydropower) kitu ambacho nimewahi kukisoma darasani. Pia nikakumbuka karibu na nyumbani tumepakana na mto mkubwa unaotiririsha maji ya kutosha kila siku, na mara nyingi watu huutumia huu mto kwa manufaa ya umwagiliaji tuu. Sasa nikaona kwa kuwa nilikua na wataalamu kutoka Twende nikawaeleza wazo langu wakanishauri na hatimaye wakaniambia nianze kulifanyia kazi na kwa muda wa takribani siku tatu ndipo nilipoona mafanikio yanaanza kuonekana.”
“Nilifurahi sana kuona wazo langu linafanya kazi na baada ya hapo nilipata ushawishi wa kuendelea kuifanyia kazi zaidi na zaidi ili nifikie malengo yangu.”
“Nilipendelea sana kuendelea kuja Twende kwa ajili ya kuendeleza mradi wangu kwa sababu ya ukarimu na msaada wa kiufundi na hata ushauri pamoja na vingine vingi nilivyovipata kutoka kwa watu wa Twende, pia baada ya wataalamu kuona na kudhibitisha kuwa wazo langu linaweza kufanya kazi ndipo namimi nilipata moyo wa kuendelea kufanya kazi kwa bidii zaidi Kwa kutengeneza mashine hii”
Felix alifurahi sana na kuona nae anaweza kuwa mbunifu kama wabunifu wengine na kisha kuisaidia jamii inayomzunguka na yeye mwenyewe.
Mawazo ya miradi mingine iliyokuzwa kutokana na mafunzo ya awamu hii ni pamoja na roboti ya kutembea kama mnyama, feni, kifaa cha kutobolea(drili) mkokoteni wa kutumia betri, mashine ya mazoezi inayochaji betri n.k.
Felix is a young male of 15 years, who is studying at Njiro Secondary, in Arusha,as a Form Four student. He learned about Twende through our STEAM outreach program that we run with schools to introduce our programs and welcome students to Twende to learn about innovation and design of different technologies that solve community challenges.
During this first workshop, we teach students how to make an LED light up, and then the serious students come to Twende to learn how to make different things like an affordable flashlight and solarphone charger. Then we give them the chance to come up with their own ideas of what they want to make.
You can see Felix’s hydropower innovation in the photo above. In between his making, he was kind enough to share some of his story with us: Before come with the idea I start think of the community I came from which is surrounded by big river containing water everyday where some people are benefitting through it by irrigating their farms and nothing more while using the local lumps for lighting purposes. So I go deeply thinking of how I can use this source of water for other purposes and fortunately the hydropower come to my mind but I didn’t know how I can go about it. Then I consulted Twende trainers for help, they asked several questions and then they let me try and I really tried. Within three days is where I started seeing things a bit moving and I was so excited to see more effects so I commit myself and I promise to work hard until seeing something really happening.
I like coming back to Twende to continue with my project just because of the kind of support in terms of supervision and advices I get from Twende as well as after I realize my idea will going to work and possibly to help targeted users, then I decide to apply all my efforts and skills I got from the training to work on improving my technology.
I like Twende because of the kindness and hospitality of its people, Advice and helpings make me reach where am now…Good place to be and doing things, I have been involved with school clubs which was more about creativity and design, I manage to create a helicopter but there wasn’t a motivation as well as other supports as that I got from Twende that’s why I like Twende mostly as compared to other places.
By creating a technology, Felix was proud to see his idea working. He returns to Twende to continue it with the aim of helping his community, who don’t have access of electricity.
Other idea developed during this training include: walking robot, automatic wagon, drilling machine, fan, drone, and pedal-powered generator.