Today, despite greater global interconnectivity and opportunity than ever before, the creativity and agency of our youth in Africa is sidelined. Young people have bright ideas about the problems that face their communities, but those ideas are seldom expressed or heard. As a result, youth miss the opportunity to test their ideas for improving their societies, or even realize the value in their ideas. This culture of learned helplessness cuts the countries off from generations of good ideas and stunts the growth of creativity in talented young people.
GMin believes that young people everywhere should have the opportunity to “learn to make and make to learn”. GMin therefore provides design workshops, seed funding, mentorship, physical spaces and opportunities to go through rapid prototyping that enable young people to learn through solving actual challenges in their local communities.