"Youth Challenge", a UNICEF program to improve learning and employment prospects for young people in Algeria

Generation Unlimited is the 1st global multi-stakeholders’ partnership for the benefit of youth

31 August 2022
Bootcamp à Alger
Unicef/Algeria/2022

Generation Unlimited is the 1st global multi-stakeholders’ partnership for the benefit of youth, launched in 2018 to help young people reach their full potential and help the transition from education to employment, through the "Youth Challenge", an annual  program organized in 45 countries around the world with the aim of strengthening life skills and employability within the framework of this global partnership.

Generation Unlimited aims to bring together key actors in countries (government, civil society, private sector, etc.) to create practical, efficient, and sustainable solutions for young people to be productive and engaged in their societies. The program brings together bright young minds to tackle some of the greatest challenges facing their generation with a focus on learning, life skills and young people's transition to decent work.

In July 2022, the third edition of the “Youth Challenge” in Algeria was organized in Algiers in a format of a national Bootcamp.

This meeting was marked by the presence of UNICEF Algeria's institutional partners : The Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Ministry of Vocational Training and Education, the Delegate Ministry in charge of Micro-enterprises, the Delegate Ministry in charge of the Knowledge Economy and Start-ups, as well as the High Council of Youth.

Young presenting their project
Unicef/Algeria/2022

15 teams, from 18 wilayas (provinces) of Algeria, qualified for the national Bootcamp

The national Bootcamp hosted the 15 qualified teams at the end of the regional phase, organized in 10 regional Bootcamps by the two partner associations of UNICEF ​​Algeria: Association Future for the Development (AFD) from the wilaya of Batna and Adwaa Rights from the wilaya of Algiers, who ensured the smooth running of the competition.

With an aim for diversification, apart from the teams selected from the bootcamps, other teams and projects have also been selected, through a national call launched online on 23rd June 2022 to give as many young people as possible a chance to participate, and a selection process based on impartial selection criteria has been put in place to evaluate the registered projects. From this phase, the whole project will focus on skills for learning, employment, and empowerment of these young people.

The participants of the 15 qualified teams, all aged between 14 and 24, were invited to the National Bootcamp in Algiers and came from different wilayas (provinces) of the country: Algiers, Boumerdes (40 km), Blida (47 km), Bouira (80 km ), Msila (170 km), Bordj Bou Arreridj (210 km), Tiaret (230 km), Sétif (260 km), Djelfa (300 km), Laghouat (329 km), Sidi Bel Abbess (375 km), Oran ( 420 km), Batna (435 km), El Oued (512 km), Ghardaia (607 km), Ouargla (800 km), Adrar (1400 km) and Tamanrasset (1900 km).

Young girl pre4senting her project
Unicef/Algeria/2022

On the Bootcamp menu : educational content and interactive workshops

The participants in the national Bootcamp had a tailored program, varied in workshops and various activities which aimed to show them the process to follow in order to choose relevant problems to solve, develop effective solutions, present their ideas with panache, launch their projects in the market and guarantee sustainable growth.

The training was provided by experienced speakers and experts in their respective fields, mastering both the theoretical and the technical aspects and very aware of the potential challenges encountered in the field. The participants therefore seized this opportunity to assimilate notions and skills that will be beneficial to them in the development of their projects and even in other areas inherent to their personal lives.

The 15 teams also took advantage of this major event to forge ties and expand their professional network. Being from different cities and profiles at the antipodes of each other (high school students, university students, young entrepreneurs, etc.), the participants had a lot of experiences to share.

Winners of the bootcamp
Unicef/Algeria/2022

The 5 winners of the national phase of the “Youth Challenge 3.0”

After three days of intense learning and frantic work, the teams were called to present their projects to the jury whose members came from several governmental institutions : National Education, Vocational Training and Education, Micro-enterprises, and the High Council of Youth.

 

Once all the projects were evaluated, the list of winners was announced and the teams selected for the next phase were listed: Together for the better, Smart visualizer, Creakids, Sahla and KARMAK Watch.

Each of these 5 teams benefited from a seed funding equivalent to 1000 US dollars to support them in the development of their projects, and the possibility of entering the competition in order to win the much sought-after grail: a place in the international phase of the “Youth Challenge 3.0”.

Winner with raised hand
Unicef/Algeria/2022

What are the next steps ?

Participants will benefit from support and incubation from UNICEF ​​which will allow them to develop their projects in a viable way, with more reliability and efficiency, the as the previous 2020 edition during which UNICEF ​​had partnered with the Algerian Muslim Scouts (SMA) for the Youth Challenge 2.0 and which had allowed the Algerian teams to shine on the international scene and be one step away from the final distinction. An experience on which UNICEF ​​Algeria capitalizes today to best help the teams involved in the competition.

Each team will benefit from several individual and group coaching sessions, during which all their questions will be clarified, as well as being put in touch with recognized professionals in the field and relevant to their respective projects, so that all ambiguities will be solved. These weekly coaching sessions will enable young people to develop skills for the future and will foster an entrepreneurial spirit and the resilience needed to enter the job market, thanks to the incubation phase consisting in training and immersive experiences they benefit from.

Once this mentoring period is over, the 5 teams will enter a new competition, and the two best projects will have the chance and the honor to represent Algeria for the prestigious and very competitive selection by an international jury and whose announcement of the winners will take place in October 2022, and at the end of which 5 to 8 projects (out of 90) will be selected to benefit from extensive mentoring and incubation to set up their solutions.

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Bilel Santara
Communication Associate
UNICEF Algeria

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