10 October 2023

Young Girls Gain STEAM in Gaming Hackathons

From 2016-2020, less than 6 per cent of global development aid was targeted to work on adolescent girls. Increased investments in girl-centred programs are urgently needed to bridge gender gaps in education, digital literacy, and life skills training.  Through the Game Changers Coalition , UNICEF is collaborating with the gaming and technology…, In her first game jam, Milene has learned coding, problem-solving, and built her confidence by being part of a community of girls who are passionate about games like her in Recife, Brazil., domarrrrrrr Young girls during the three-day game jam in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They have participated in inspirational sessions about women's empowerment and have gained transferable skills during the game jam. Young girls during the three-day game jam in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They have participated in inspirational sessions about women's empowerment…, Young girls during the three-day Game Jam in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They participated in inspirational sessions about women's empowerment and gained transferable skills during the Game Jam., Ruslan Kostrykin Beyond building confidence and developing transferable skills, the game jam in Armenia has inspired these young girls with stories of empowerment and role models.  Beyond building confidence and developing transferable skills, the game jam in Armenia has inspired these young girls with stories of empowerment and role models. , Young girls participating in the Game Jam held in the Gyumri Technology Center in Armenia. Beyond building confidence and developing transferable skills, the game jam in Armenia has inspired these young girls with stories of empowerment and role models. , Ginosyan Menghorng, Game Changers Coalition Ambassador and young leader from Cambodia, has supported us in delivering the Training of Trainers to teachers who will implement the program in five schools. Menghorng, Game Changers Coalition Ambassador and young leader from Cambodia, has supported us in delivering the Training of Trainers to teachers…, Menghorng, Game Changers Coalition Ambassador and young leader from Cambodia, has supported us in delivering the Training of Trainers to teachers who will implement the program in five schools. Having students helping teachers learn is a game changer for her and her teachers, where everybody wins., Daravatey Seng In her first game jam, Milene has learned coding, problem-solving, and built her confidence by being part of a community of girls who are passionate about games like her in Recife, Brazil. Young girls during the three-day game jam in Almaty, Kazakhstan. They have participated in inspirational sessions about women's empowerment and…
25 September 2023

UPSHIFT

There are 1.8 billion young people today, with nearly 90% residing in low- and middle-income countries. This generation of young people is the largest in history.  UPSHIFT is a social innovator accelerator for young people aged 10-24 years that rapidly unlocks their generational potential to create real and tangible change in their lives and their…, The Approach, From the outset, UPSHIFT was designed to be modular and adaptable to meet the unique user needs and objectives. Through co-creation with local stakeholders, the UPSHIFT learning journey is adapted and built using an approach that strengthens and connects with the existing local ecosystems.  Rooted in 7 core principles, UPSHIFT synergistically…, The Innovator Journey, The UPSHIFT learning journey is based on best practices in non-formal, experiential, and enterprise education. Throughout 20-25 learning hours, it combines mentorship, workshops, and an entrepreneurial challenge. It can be delivered in different formats, from in-person boot camps to blended in-person and digital learning based on highly…, Results, UPSHIFT is continually responding to a global need and is now operational in 47 countries worldwide. As of December 2022, over 65 million learning hours have been completed by over 3.1 million young people who undertook an UPSHIFT journey.   UPSHIFT current and prospective countries Driven by a purpose to promote equity and inclusivity, currently…, Since the beginning of full-scale war in Ukraine, UNICEF’s UPSHIFT programme has enabled more than a hundred teams from all over Ukraine to implement projects aimed at overcoming the consequences of the war., UNICEF/UN0789491/Maiorov Oxinah, 18, is taking part in the UPSHIFT training course in the Analanjirofo region in the "Cutting and Sewing" category. Oxinah, 18, is taking part in the UPSHIFT training course in the Analanjirofo region in the "Cutting and Sewing" category., The primary objective of this bootcamp is to enhance the technical and entrepreneurial prowess of these teenagers across four distinct areas of activity: agro-food processing, solar panel technology, garment crafting, and telephone repair., UNICEF/UNI441169/Andriantsoarana A student of Gaselo Central School in Wangdue district in western Bhutan holds a prototype of their UPSHIFT project, a cold storage to store the school’s vegetables and food supplies. A student of Gaselo Central School in Wangdue district in western Bhutan holds a prototype of their UPSHIFT project, a cold storage…, A student of Gaselo Central School in Wangdue district in western Bhutan holds a prototype of their UPSHIFT project, a cold storage to store the school’s vegetables and food supplies., UNICEF/UN0748469/Samdrup Vitalii, an 18-year-old college student and Upgrade team member from Ternopil in VR glasses. Vitalii, an 18-year-old college student and Upgrade team member from Ternopil in VR glasses., The VR sessions are run by ‘Upgrade’, an UPSHIFT youth project that holds meetings for displaced children in the city of Ternopil., UNICEF/UN0678718/Filippov Sofia (18), Ielizaveta, Veronika and Olha are training to be psychologists at the university in Kropyvnytskyi Oxinah, 18, is taking part in the UPSHIFT training course in the Analanjirofo region in the "Cutting and Sewing" category. A student of Gaselo Central School in Wangdue district in western Bhutan holds a prototype…, SCALING FOR SUSTAINABLE IMPACT THROUGH NATIONAL EDUCATION SYSTEMS  , Governments worldwide acknowledge the workforce's changing needs and the importance of adaptable individuals. As a result, they are implementing policies to enhance their education systems and promote the development of essential 21st-century skills. There is an urgent need to accelerate education reform by building the competencies of both…, Opportunities for Partnership & Investment, Centred around supporting young social innovators and making their voices heard, UPSHIFT represents a powerful opportunity for global, regional, and local collaboration between the private sector, government, and civil society partners.  By investing in UPSHIFT, forward-thinking organizations can directly contribute to our collective commitment to…, LEGACY PARTNERS, UPSHIFT Partners
08 December 2021

Meet our 2021 Innovation Interns

Each Summer/Fall, the UNICEF Office of Innovation welcomes talented interns to lend their expertise in supporting our current and future projects. Over the course of three months, our 2021 interns have enriched our work and culture with their fresh perspectives, unique personalities, and creative ideas.  Instead of keeping them all to ourselves,…, Ida Delphine, Full Stack Development Intern (Open Source), Venture Fund , Hello, you can call me Ida. I am currently studying Computer Engineering at the University of Bamenda in Cameroon. I love solving problems with code as well as getting more people into tech. In addition, I love working with a diverse set of people while sharing ideas and learning new things.  On joining the (Office of Innovation) madness: What…, Kristina Tlusty, Design Intern , Hi there! I’m Kristina. I am a recent 2021 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where I studied Graphic Communications, and had the pleasure of working remotely with UNICEF’s Office of Innovation from my hometown in Minnesota.  On joining the (Office of Innovation) madness: Throughout college, I had various opportunities to apply my…, Edil Baiyzbekov, Full-Stack Development Intern, DPG Team , Hi, I’m Edil!  I used to work as a video producer and data journalist in Kyrgyzstan. I mostly covered social inequalities, political and environmental issues. Then I moved to Ukraine and rethought my career. Now I am synthesizing my journalism background and software development skills to experiment with visual storytelling.  LinkedIn ,  edil.dev…, Rachita Saha, Full-Stack Development Intern, Digital Public Goods , On joining the (Office of Innovation) madness: As a technology student, I was always looking for opportunities to expand my skill-set and get real-world software development experience. That’s how I came across Outreachy, a remote internship program for people from groups underrepresented in tech. I was excited about securing an internship with an…