During the first half of 2017, EWB-UCT ran the pilot phase of the Technical Advisory Board. The TAB was introduced to link student chapters with needed guidance from experienced professionals. Their advice should add project sustainability and help project groups achieve their objectives within the academic year.
So far, EWB-UCT has hosted two TAB meetings, with the very first held on the 10th of May 2017. EWB-UCT Project Leaders, project coordinator and chairperson met the TAB in a cosy classroom on UCT upper campus.
The meeting environment was informal and open, project teams presented their project ideas to the TAB. In turn, members of the TAB gave constructive criticism on these ideas and strategies that would be employed to realise them, suggestions and praise. Project leaders walked away with much needed direction and new impetus to drive projects forward and impact communities in a positive way.
In addition to the benefit to project, members of the EWB-UCT committee have also received beneficial advice from the TAB.
The second TAB meeting took place on the 14th of June. Each project team was grouped with a TAB mentor for a more in depth and project specific discussion.
The EWB-UCT committee and projects team in deeply grateful for the guidance provided by the TAB and hopes to improve our future engagements.
Written by Masana Mhinga (EWB-UCT Project Coordinator)