Determined to Develop has recently hosted our first group of the year, 18 students and three team leaders from the Global Undergraduate Leadership Program (GULP). GULP aims to teach students about sustainable development practices, leadership skills and cross-cultural communication, and is a joint programme with students from the University of Minnesota and Australian National University. The programme is run for a year before culminating in this experience in Malawi- students spent the year researching Malawi, including different facets of gender.
The team arrived on the 2nd January and spent an intensive fortnight here at Maji Zuwa. The itinerary included cultural activities; panel discussions with local experts; visiting Determined to Develop projects; and plenty of healthy debates and discussion! The students focused on gender and education throughout their program and developed presentations to be delivered to girls and boys in local high schools. The presentations were devised with the help of Malawian students and staff and focused on challenges for young women in education in Malawi – encouraging the girls group to pursue education, and getting the boys to consider ways they can support girls and women.
We are very excited to have hosted such an interesting, diverse and engaged group of young people. The positive attitude and background knowledge they brought with them ensured the trip was a success, for both the students, the staff here at Determined to Develop, and for the local community.
Tawonga chomene (We thank you)