It has taken a while working with different multi-disciplinary groups of students from various Kenyan universities mentoring, collaborating and training them on sustainable and circular strategies for the built environment through the Endelevu Deisgn Challenge, a design competition and apprenticeship initiative.
The first edition challenge began in December last year through the registration of participants on an pioneering platform submita. It is on the very platform as well that the designs were submitted and the judging process took place. The first edition attracted eighty two participants divided into eleven multi-disciplinary teams from nine universities across the country.
The multi-disciplinary teams were taken through weekly virtual learning sessions on the following facets of sustainable and circular design: design for health, design for climate and design for justice. Post the training, they went ahead to come up with very unique designs for the childcare facilities that will be put up in institutions of higher learning across the country. The jury went through the designs presented and after a rigorous process, they came up with the list of awardees.
We culminated the challenge on 10th June 2022, by awarding the best groups at a ceremony held at The University of Nairobi graced by Mr. Olufunso Somorin, the Regional Principal Officer for African Development Bank Group, Mr. Kennedy Matheka from the State Department for Public Works, the Careers and Dean of Students offices from the University of Nairobi and other partners.
Many thanks to the great team at Niko Green and Endelevu.Africa, The Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean of Students of The University of Nairobi and all our friends and supporters who made this possible.
We look forward to engaging more partners in the second, and subsequent, editions of #EndelevuDesignChallenge