Mwalimu Musheshe

Ashoka Fellow
Kampala, Uganda
Fellow Since 2001


This profile was prepared when Mwalimu Musheshe was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
The New Idea
Mwalimu brings together creative farmers and tradespeople to teach social development professionals everything from farming to medicine. He believes that traditional academic training lacks practicality and context and hence leaves development workers ill-equipped to develop and pursue sustainable solutions to social problems. By bringing creative problem solvers on board as teachers, Mwalimu is building an alternative approach to training social development professionals. His African Rural University will draw students from all socio-economic levels of society and will offer specific programs designed for rural farmers, unemployed young people, students from universities, and policy makers. The curriculum will be highly contextual, and students will master a wide range of skills that will allow them to effectively conduct community development planning.

Mwalimu hopes that the University will provide a means for government resources to assist community development efforts and that it will be a reference point for traditional university development institutes.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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