Peter Krawczyk and David Louis Koinange
MMH Summercamp 2016 Workshop “How do I manage my finances” – short-term a real challenge for the students but long-term a helpful starting point for further personal developments.
To achieve a satisfactory life, it is necessary to have its finances under control as one corner pillar of a whole puzzle. Of course “money is not all about” and that was the reason why we have raised various topics which are closely related and linked to each other’s (our Mind Map).
On the basis of various exercises and practical parts the youth should learn about meaningful economic behavior. You might imagine how difficult it has been for the students to keep on trying but “Chapeau to our youth” – we are convinced that many and varied thinking processes have been initiated and linked together. As we mentioned a good starting point has been achieved and needs to be further developed step by step and patiently. Advisable is a training cooperation between MMH and the JKR Youth Center by offering courses and workshops throughout the year.
Besides discussion about “which role does money play for us”, budget planning, interview preparation, writing C.V.s, methods defining own personal goals and learning about the difficulty of decision making processes we have had the opportunity to visit an automotive company during our excursion day in Nairobi. It was amazing how highly motivated our youth have shown their interest. One by one has accompanied a dedicated employee who was walking with them to the different sections starting from customer desk, back office to test drive. How to say: our MMH students have left a good impression to the HR Manager who has shown interest to offer them Internship ☺.
In the afternoon of the excursion day we have been invited to the JKR, we cooked together and have had a common dinner. Thanks to Mary Monica, Dan and JKR Alumni for this experience, the warm welcome and the open doors.
Not to forget: thanks to David Louis Koinange, MMH student apprentice. He has not only organized the excursion day – and it took really a lot of energy to find a company who was interested in supporting us – as well he has bridged the gap between the German way of preparing a workshop and the Kenyan way of life in his role as co-moderator ☺!
On the second day of the workshop we have brought with us a small present for each student – a private project booklet. The idea behind: write down what you want to keep with you as a kind of workshop result, write down three concrete personal goals for the period until end of November when we will see us again. Use your booklet whenever you want to retain personal ideas, targets. We will take at least half a day to come together and having a review and tracking our goals. We are staying in touch in order to support the idea the Summercamp Workshop hasn’t been a one-time event only.