For its new strategic planning framework, Open Space has opted to develop and apply a theory of change (ToC) to its programming. In a very simplistic manner, a ToC illustrates how an organisation will carry out its activities and realise the short and medium accomplishments as prerequisites for achieving the long term goals.
Our Theory of change
Our theory of change articulates a holistic debate and leadership training agenda as the key component through which Open Space will develop youth leaders who are able to meaningfully engage and provide transformative leadership.
Problem >>Target Audience >>Interventions>> Outcomes>>Short term - Long Term/Products
Open Space implements its activities through a tripartite partnership arrangement involving formal collaborative frameworks with secondary schools and universities, civil society organisations and government
Open Space strategic model espouses skills transfer between and among youth peers and from adults to the youth. Through adult mentors and trainers, this model nurtures, inspires and trains youth to think critically, unlock their innate potentials and become civically responsible citizens.
In debate related engagements, Open Space plays a facilitating and coordinating function, allowing the organic emergence of debate societies in all participating secondary schools and universities. The facilitative and coordination function is accompanied with a structured capacity strengthening programme to enable debate societies efficiently and effectively manage their own affairs and work towards sustaining the culture of debate and dialogue in society.
Open Space is establishing and entering into collaborative frameworks with the Government through strategic ministries, departments and agencies with the principle target of influencing policy.
Open Space is restructuring the festival to make it a bottom-up and socially rooted programme. This will broaden engagement spaces for youth in diverse backgrounds as well as ensure evidence of youth policy implementation at the local level informs national based policy review and making.
We constantly take on volunteers to join our dynamic and fun team as campaigners, events managers, research assistants, rapportuers, program assistants, data entry teamsters
At Open Space we believe that well-structured debate training and practice will develop youth into coherent social, economic and political actors able to contribute to national political discussions and development processes. Justice James Ogoola and Norbert Mao stand out as key notable renowned debaters who have used their oratory skills for the public good.
In general, the major benefits of debate include:
Critical thinking skills.
Increased problem-solving abilities and overall academic performance.
Increasing learners? confidence, poise, and self-esteem.
Providing an engaging, active, learner-centered activity.
Enhancing the ability to structure and organize thoughts.
Critical listening skills
Think quickly on their feet
Confidence under pressure
Present compelling responses to difficult questions
Best of all: Life-long friendships!
Why Youth Leadership?
Youth Leadership is important for the future of the community, our country and the world in general. Without youth leadership, there will never be the next leaders in line and there will be no one to pass on the torch of the community.
Our youth programs treat young people as assets and resources, as opposed to recipients, victims, or problems to be fixed. We want to place more youth at the leadership tables, sharing their concerns and their suggestions for a better world.