In partnership with the School of Leadership Foundation, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) launched the second edition of the ‘Generation Unlimited’ Youth Challenge in Pakistan.
The Youth Challenge, which takes place in over 40 countries worldwide, calls on young innovators, aged 14-24, to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic engagement. It aims to inspire young people who have brilliant ideas, but not the resources to bring them to life, giving them a chance to lead.
A Pakistani team, namely Red Code, which comprised three young women, was one of the five global winners of the 2018-2019 Youth Challenge. Their project supports better menstrual hygiene for disadvantaged girls and women in Pakistan, providing them with reusable cloth pads, which are stitched by home-based workers to support self-sustaining micro-entrepreneurship.
UNICEF representative in Pakistan, Aida Girma said, “Pakistan’s young people are a major resource for social and economic progress. The Youth Challenge is an opportunity to discover their innovative ideas and works with them to co-create solutions for the world of tomorrow. This is at the core of Generation Unlimited, a multisectoral, global partnership which helps prepare young people for a future of decent work and active citizenship.”
Girma further said, “More than 300 teams applied to the 2019/2020 Youth Challenge, out of which 11 teams were shortlisted and took part in design workshops in Islamabad this week. This year’s theme is ‘Opening Doors, Knowledge and skills for Empowered Youth.”
Girma added, “Today, the five most promising teams were awarded $1,000 each in funding; they will also be provided with mentoring to support the projects’ implementation. In June 2020, the most promising solutions will be submitted at the global level, with each winning team receiving further funding of up to $20,000, along with a tailored global incubation programme from Generation Unlimited partners, to support them to scale.”
The Youth Challenge is part of the Generation Unlimited, a global partnership working to prepare young people to become productive and engaged citizens. It connects secondary-age education and training to employment and entrepreneurship, empowering every young person to thrive in the world of work.