UNICEF in HCMC seeks young in­no­va­tors for global ini­tia­tive

Viet Nam News - - NATIONAL -

HCM CITY— UNICEF and part­ners are or­gan­is­ing a new chal­lenge call­ing on young in­no­va­tors in HCM City and sur­round­ing prov­inces to de­sign so­lu­tions that will im­prove skills and train­ing for young peo­ple, and em­power them to take ac­tions on is­sues that af­fect them.

The Youth Chal­lenge is part of the global ini­tia­tive called Gen­er­a­tion Un­lim­ited.

Gen­er­a­tion Un­lim­ited, which is a new, am­bi­tious part­ner­ship – launched at a high-level event dur­ing the 73rd Ses­sion of the United Na­tions Gen­eral Assem­bly – aims at get­ting ev­ery young per­son into qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing or em­ploy­ment by 2030.

The first global ac­tion of the Gen­er­a­tion Un­lim­ited is the Youth Chal­lenge tak­ing place this year in 16 coun­tries world­wide, in­clud­ing Vieät Nam.

The chal­lenge fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ing so­lu­tions for sec­ondaryage ed­u­ca­tion; skills for learn­ing, em­ploy­a­bil­ity and de­cent work; and em­pow­er­ment, with a fo­cus on girls.

In Vieät Nam, the Youth Chal­lenge calls for ap­pli­ca­tions from young peo­ple to iden­tify prob­lems in their life and cre­ate im­pact­ful so­lu­tions for em­ploy­a­bil­ity and em­pow­er­ment with spe­cific fo­cus on girls.

The Chal­lenge will be im­ple­mented by UNICEF in part­ner­ship with the Saigon In­no­va­tion Hub (SIHUB) un­der HCMC’s De­part­ment of Science and Tech­nol­ogy.

“Young peo­ple know best the chal­lenges they face and can there­fore best cre­ate and in­no­vate so­lu­tions that work for them and their peers”, said Mar­i­anne Oehlers, chief of pro­gramme part­ner­ships, UNICEF Of­fice in HCM City.

“We hope this chal­lenge will in­spire cred­i­ble ideas from young peo­ple in Vieät Nam to ex­plore chal­lenges to de­cent em­ploy­ment and break down bar­ri­ers faced by their peers in the school-to-work tran­si­tion,” Oehlers added.

UNICEF Vieät Nam will sup­port a de­sign work­shop for the Youth Chal­lenge’s suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants in HCM City in De­cem­ber.

Fol­low­ing the work­shops, the six most promis­ing ideas will be se­lected and awarded with seed fund­ing and men­tor­ing to get the projects off the ground.

In spring, short­listed projects from each coun­try will be sub­mit­ted to a global judg­ing process to have a chance of fur­ther in­vest­ment and be in­volved in a men­tor­ship pro­gramme from Gen­er­a­tion Un­lim­ited part­ners to sup­port them to scale up.

Peo­ple who want to at­tend The Youth Chal­lenge could log onto the web­page http://bit.ly/ GenUn­lim­it­edVN for more in­for­ma­tion on how to ap­ply. — VNS

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