Our management team at the Kwathu Innovation & Creative Centre is wishing you a happy International Youth Day!
The Kwathu Innovation & Creative Centre is a digital media (creativity and innovation) hub under the Ntha Foundation that works to empower young people to use their creative and innovative skills and talents for development through advocacy. KICC specialises in digital storytelling, and is home to innovations and platforms like Digi Savvy Africa, Colance Africa, Tailored Africa, NMN Africa, Bants2Business, Music4Malawi, and more.
We had a brief chat with our team, about what their favorite things as well as challenges are, working as youth at a creative and innovation hub. Here is what they had to say:
Working for a creative and innovation hub is quite amazing to me because of the constant flow of fresh ideas, and the collaborative environment that fuels endless possibilities.
One of my biggest challenges is that it is not easy working with young creatives in an economy like Malawi, where there is a marginal creative industry, without offering them money/incentives.
CHIEF OF OPERATIONS
Working with a creative and innovation hub led by youth has been an exciting experience. We collaborate to develop innovative brands that build the Malawi creative space.
A challenge has been finding sustainable means to assist our ecosystem of Alumni post-training.
Working with fellow young people and seeing how we all think similarly and differently, it’s fun and provides room to be different.
However there is a challenge in ensuring that we are in agreement and respect one another’s opinion on things.
FINANCE AND PROCUREMENT Lead
I like working for a creative and innovative hub because I think creatively. It allows us to view and solve problems more openly with innovation.
On the other hand creativity looks different to different people, so what is creative to me might not be to someone else.
Research & Communications LEAD
I love working with young people to change the lives of people in the same age group as I am through advocacy for development.
My challenge is that working with people of the same age group can be quite tricky it can limit the diversity of perspectives brought to the table.
Our team is supported by fellows from the M’mawa Management Training program. The M’mawa Management Training is a full-time, voluntary training program at Ntha Foundation, fully funded by the Bien Corporation Africa, providing in-class lessons and on-the-job trainings in administration, communication, digital, and people skills; as well as work ethics.
See how you can collaborate and work with us here.