The world is not the same as it once was. Technology and climate change have rendered many of our ancestral ways of life obsolete, and we are too reliant on fossil fuels to power our lives. As a result, we’re all fighting for survival in some way or another: from those who cannot find work to those without access to clean water. The continuous change in how we use phones, computers and other technologies means that they break easily which disrupts our certainty. But some people refuse to be defeated by these challenges - they instead turn them into opportunities for innovation and creativity to help keep our future safe with smart design solutions for every industry so that refugees and everyone can transform their knowledge and talents into solutions for problems such as food security, education inequality, economic disparity, gender-based violence and more through design education programs that use emerging technologies like Virtual Reality (VR), 3D printing, AI, IoT and Networks.
Spectrum Transformation Services is a transformational initiative in Uganda, East Africa. It was founded by young Ugandans and refugees living in Ugandan refugee settlements who found their country torn apart by violence, displacement and a lot of problems. From global warming to poverty, from war to famine, there are many issues that we need to solve before it’s too late. In response, Spectrum’s founders created an innovative School called Spectrum Campus of Design (SCoD) that will give displaced and Ugandan youth access to industry experts like designers, architects and engineers who have left or still in their careers for a chance at shifting global perspectives on refugee living conditions through offering immersive learning experiences like mentorship as well as providing access to technology resources such as 3D printers and virtual reality headsets, design thinking workshops and hands-on projects, media and emerging technologies in order for them to create the change they want to see in the world and turn their refugee experience into new skill sets. Participants will be offered opportunities to share their work through portfolios and exhibitions on social media platforms as well as live events. Students create designs for their desired learning and living spaces, t-shirts and 3D products which will be sold at some point to raise money for the project themselves.
Problem: Everyone has the power to change things for the better. But too often, refugees are at the bottom of society. They lack access to education, employment, opportunities and are left with nothing more than a sense of helplessness when faced with issues like climate change, world hunger and poverty.
Why the problem persists: There’s no shortage of problems in this world that need fixing. It can be hard to know where to start or how you could make any kind of difference at all.
Solution: Spectrum is here to help by transforming refugees into a force for good through design thinking and emerging technologies such as VR/AR, AI, Blockchain & IoT to create immersive experiences that inspire refugee people and everyone to act on their values and make meaningful change. We believe in the power of empathy driven innovation combined with technology for good! — so that refugee people can use design skills they already possess to create their own solutions for improving their lives, communities and effect positive social change on an unprecedented scale!
OUR VALUE PROPOSITION
Design. Build. Change.
Our approach to transformational design is about people, not just products.
BENEFITS TO STUDENTS
You’ll learn how to design and create your own products and services.
Your creativity will be unleashed.
Design something that will change the world!
Find your voice in this community of like minded people.
Transform your life by transforming the world you live in.
Be the change you want to see in East Africa and the world
Gain skills that will allow you to work anywhere in the world
Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the world?
We’re using design education, media and emerging technologies for refugees to create the change they want to see in the world.
OUR MISSION: Our mission is to provide opportunities for refugees all over the globe so that they can become agents of change themselves. This will be done through our providing training on how to use design thinking as well as creating their own designs. It also includes our Media Training program where we teach them how to produce their own videos and films about their achievements, stories, experiences, ideas and solutions. Finally, it includes our Emerging Technologies Program where we give them access to 3D printers, laser cutters and other digital fabrication tools so that they can prototype their ideas into reality!
As our supporter, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your donation is going towards something truly important – changing lives around the world one person at a time! Your support will go towards providing opportunities for refugees all over the globe so that they can become agents of change themselves by learning new design skills and getting access to cutting-edge technology! With your help we hope these individuals can finally find some sense of purpose after everything they’ve been through - because every refugee deserves an opportunity at life again.
You’ll have a chance to help refugees in Uganda.
Get a free trip to Africa and see the work you’re doing firsthand.
Learn about other cultures while making an impact on their lives.
Connect with the global refugee community and experience their stories firsthand.
We’re looking for Education or institutional partners and educationists to volunteer in our newly forming finance committee, program committee, curriculum committee and governing board.
What you’ll benefit:
Your name will be featured on campus sculptures and or buildings.
Refugee students will write a special thank you card.
A chance to visit and understand the different cultures in Uganda or East Africa while making a difference in their lives.
Your institution or Organization could partner with Spectrum
Develop a pen pal program together
Interview or teach refugee students
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