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FTE Education Model Presented As Big Impact Idea at the 3rd Impact Symposium & Retreat on “Learning from First Principles, Building the Transition Team”


June 20, 2013


FTE was invited once again to participate in Impact Economy’s Annual Impact Symposium & Retreat ‘Learning from First Principles, Building the Transition Team’ at Greifenstein Castle on June 6-8, 2013. Over the course of 3 days, participants were invited to challenge “accepted” thinking, catalyze new (and renewed) action in the pursuit of impact and learn from pioneer projects in impact investing, sustainable business and philanthropy.

FTE’s education model based at KIITEC was used as an example of a Big Impact Idea for participants to directly engage with and learn from. KIITEC’s principal Onesmo Matei was invited to give a special address to the participants during the symposium offering his viewpoint on the direct impact KIITEC has had on the lives of the students and the local economy.

KIITEC Alumni, John Nkya was also invited to participate and offered his story as one of the first graduates from the Telecommunications program at KIITEC in 2008. Today, John works for one of the leading hospitals in Tanzania, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC) as an Information Technologist. The ALMC relies on the computer network as patient’s records, medical evaluations, test results and prescriptions are all tracked by a computer system that John is responsible for maintaining. John’s story is a powerful example of how one person’s expertise can have an impact across an entire community.

The Big Impact Idea platform provided a positive forum for dialogue allowing all members of the symposium to participate in an engaging and constructive conversation. It was another successful event and we were pleased to be invited back!

Read more on the symposium here