Project Management

Jumpstarting Your Social Good Program

Titilola Park is a Director of Projects in Lagos, Nigeria.

Problem solving, creativity, analytic thinking, collaboration, communication, ethics, action and accountability…what better way to teach children these 21st century skills than through project management?

A lot can be said for project management being a 21st century life skill. This means it’s no longer a “nice to have,” but a “must have” for anyone who wants to thrive in today’s world. I personally think that what we learn early in life becomes a foundation on which every other endeavor feeds off of—which must be the reason why the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF) is teaching project management skills to children as young as 6 years old.

While it may appear a daunting task when considering how to start, you will find that it can be easy if you follow these few simple proven steps…

1. Start small. Even if you have a small team of as little as two volunteers, take the plunge and start. Don’t plan too much activity. The important thing is to get the message out in front of the audience. There was a time when all we could do was play a game through which we could subtly teach the principles of project management and the kids not only loved it, but they wanted more!

2. Start from known to unknown. PMIEF offers a wide variety of no-cost resources tailored to various age groups. Review them on the PMIEF …

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