Digital Edition of UPSHIFT in Moldova supports young people in acquiring entrepreneurial skills

Young people from rural areas started developing their soft skills and competencies, which will enable them to bring a change in the communities and make a positive impact.

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2019/UPSHIFT Moldova workshop for adolescents from Singerei, Moldova
UNICEF Moldova
04 September 2020

More than 120 young people from all over the country were selected to participate in the Digital UPSHIFT programme, supported by UNICEF in Moldova. As a response to COVID-19 pandemic situation, UPSHIFT Moldova, which was successfully launched last year, continued its activities in digital format in 2020.

In the course of 4 weeks through regular online calls and conferences UPSHIFT experts mentored 15 teams of adolescents, teaching them to identify the problems in their communities and turn these problems into business ideas. Young people from rural areas started developing their soft skills and competencies, which will enable them to bring a change in the communities and make a positive impact. In the nearest future nine teams of adolescents will be able to implement the initiated projects with the small grants received from UNICEF Moldova.

One of the winning projects, developed by Daniela Cebotari, 21 years old, is about creation of a leisure place for the people of Pererita village. The team obtained a seed funding of 30,000 lei (approximately 1,800 USD) to arrange a leisure space where all dwellers of the village could comfortably take a nice relaxing walk, read a book in the shade, meet the neighbors and chat. In this relaxing and youth-friendly setting the young people of the village will have more opportunities to spend quality time with friends outdoors, to build new friendships and to develop group communication skills.

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Digital workshops with 15 teams from different parts of Moldova

Another team, led by Anna-Maria Mocanu, through the project - "Improving the waste management system in Ţiganca village”, aims to raise awareness of the community about waste disposal and recycling, plans to install several dumpsters in public places and to organize plastic collection in specifically designed containers. The team obtained funding of 25,000 lei.

COVID-19 has taught us that we need to invest substantially in remote learning, not just for future pandemics, but to connect students from otherwise isolated and marginalized communities to a wider range of educational opportunities. Globally, only 50% of students have access to distance learning. A figure that’s even lower for girls who are 33% less likely to have access.

“Preparing young people for the world of work will benefit regional economies, increase security, advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve the well-being of millions of families and communities.”

Desiree Jongsma, UNICEF Moldova Country Representative

Last year, UNICEF Moldova supported six teams of young people from Singerei in developing their communities. Read a story of Denis Hadirca, one of the winners of the UPSHIFT Moldova 2019, who together with his team, ‘VR Foundation’, developed a project, aiming to make the school education more engaging and interesting for adolescents. ‘VR Foundation’ creates virtual reality quests in which students can apply their school knowledge.

team 2019
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In 2019, UPSHIFT Moldova team received seed funding to open a cinema in a youth center.