Guatemala Launches National Innovation Award

UNICEF and the National Secretariat for Science and Technology of Guatemala (SENACYT) joined forces to launch the Innovation National Award for Childhood and Adolescence.

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UNICEF and the National Secretariat for Science and Technology of Guatemala (SENACYT) joined forces to launch the Innovation National Award for Childhood and Adolescence.
SENACYT Guatemala
03 September 2020

UNICEF and the National Secretariat for Science and Technology of Guatemala (SENACYT) joined forces to launch the Innovation National Award for Childhood and Adolescence. The objective of this national award is to support innovative and technological efforts to find more efficient and optimal solutions to the problems facing Guatemalan children and adolescents, based on science and technology.

The launching ceremony was held at the Guatemala National Palace of Culture with the participation of Guillermo Castillo, Vice-President of the Government of Guatemala; Ana Chan, National Secretary of SENACYT; Carlos Carrera, UNICEF Representative in Guatemala; and other distinguished members from the Government of Guatemala, United Nations and International Cooperation Agencies.  The event was also streamed live on Facebook.

Guillermo Castillo, Vice-President of the Government of Guatemala
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Guillermo Castillo, Vice-President of the Government of Guatemala

“Our job as citizens is to make Guatemala more competitive improving the quality of life for all. Today, we are pleased to be part of this initiative that seeks to recognize the effort, dedication and talent of those Guatemalans who, thanks to their innovations, provide our country with an invaluable opportunity to improve in any sector."

Guillermo Castillo, Vice-President of the Government of Guatemala

For this year, the National Innovation Award for Childhood and Adolescence is focused on creative and innovative solutions based on technology that contribute to the prevention and/or reduction of chronic child malnutrition in Guatemala, which affects 1 of out 2 girls and boys under five years old; the highest rate in Latin America and sixth in the world.

Carlos Carrera, UNICEF Representative in Guatemala
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Carlos Carrera, UNICEF Representative, Guatemala during the launching ceremony, highlighting the innovation approach at UNICEF.

“UNICEF innovation vision is to create an enabling environment for others to innovate with and for children and adolescents, developing, supporting and expanding the use of new ideas, products and services to positively transform the lives of children and youth around the world.  We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support the realization of children 's rights are fundamental to improve their lives. Today, we join efforts with SENACYT to generate a greater impact and reach the most vulnerable children and adolescents in the country."

Carlos Carrera, UNICEF Representative in Guatemala

Additionally, a category "Innovation for Education" within the National Innovation Award was created and  includes creative and innovative solutions based on technology that allow the acquisition of new knowledge and skills, to promote a quality and inclusive education in children and adolescents of primary and secondary school age in the remote areas of the country that have limited access to technological platforms such as television and/or the internet.

Ana Chan, National Secretary of SENACYT
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Ana Chan, National Secretary of SENACYT

“Our commitment as SENACYT is to work to promote through actions and alliances the effective use of science, technology and innovation for the benefit of the country's productivity and competitiveness. Innovation is undoubtedly a basic element for an active and sustainable society, and in these times, it is fundamental and a priority for the national economic reactivation."

Ana Chan, National Secretary of SENACYT

Expected proposals: National Innovation Award with the categories:

  • Innovation for Childhood and Adolescence: innovative proposals that strengthen, make more efficient and increase:
    • Access to health and nutrition promotion, prevention and care services for children under 5 years old.
    • Improving knowledge and practices about food consumption for better nutrition of children under 5 years old,
    • The production or availability of suitable food for children under 5 years old,
    • Physical and economic access to food for families in food insecurity,
    • Access to safe water and sanitation services among others.
  • Innovation for Education: innovative proposals that strengthen, make more efficient and increase:
    • Access to information and knowledge anywhere in the country and in a practical way.
    • Access to virtual knowledge without the need for an internet connection.
    • The continuity of learning at home.
    • The adoption of technology that guarantees a positive impact on the acquisition of knowledge, skills for practical life, learning and other skills.

This national effort will engage key stakeholders from different sectors to innovate with, and for, children in Guatemala. Additionally, this strategy seeks to protect and promote the rights of Guatemalan children through the development of innovative solutions, taking advantage of the use of technologies and the entire ecosystem of the country.


 

About SENACYT

The National Secretariat of Science and Technology (SENACYT) is the Secretariat responsible for supporting and executing the decisions emanating from the National Council for Science and Technology -CONCYT- and for following up on their respective actions; through the efficient use of FONACYT financial resources. Likewise, it constitutes the link between the institutions that make up the National Science and Technology System (SINCYT) and the National Council of Science and Technology. For more information about SENACYT and its work, visit https://www.senacyt.gob.gt/portal/index.php  and on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram,

About UNICEF

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child; in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/guatemala and follow us on @unicefguatemala on FacebookTwitterYouTubeInstagram and Medium

For further information, please contact:

Pilar Escudero, Communication Associate, UNICEF Guatemala: Tel: +502 52000794; E-mail: mpescudero@unicef.org