AMMAN, 11 April 2019: Two innovative projects, designed by youth to find solutions to the challenges facing their generation, have been selected as national finalists by the Ministry of Youth, UNICEF and Jordan River Foundation to represent Jordan in the global Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge and to receive financial support and mentorship to turn their ideas into reality.
The two initiatives - Bully Free designed by a group of young people from Amman and Volunteers with Disabilities created by young people in the northern governates - were chosen following a nationwide search last year. In total, tens of thousands of young innovators aged 14-24 years engaged online or in hackathons in Irbid, Amman and Aqaba.
“Young people have the creativity and ideas needed to solve many global issues and build a better future for everyone,” said Robert Jenkins, UNICEF Jordan Representative. “With the right support, young people like these inspiring innovators in Jordan can make a positive contribution to both their communities and the world.”
As well as securing their place in the global Generation Unlimited contest, each project has won US$1,000 in funding and mentorship to grow their ideas. Following the high level of talent on display throughout the country, an additional 50 young people have also been chosen support to develop their initiatives further.
The winning national projects include Bully Free - a mobile application designed to support victims of bullying through referral to online services and other initiatives. The application also engages with perpetrators as a preventative measure. Volunteers With Disabilities isan easy-to-use mobile application that matches people with and without disabilities to volunteering opportunities in their communities.
“Through our project, we can work with people who are being bullied and people who are bullying to change behaviour in our community and prevent school drop-outs,” said Bully Free team member Farah Qonaish, 24 years, from Amman. “I feel really happy. I feel like we can really create change.”
“We’ve created this app to help people with disabilities develop and use their skills,” said Volunteers With Disabilities team member Moua'ayad Alrifa'ai, 19 years, from Irbid. “Through the competition, I’ve started to feel like I can do anything I set my mind to. I can solve the challenges in my community.”
UNICEF is working with partners in Jordan to increase the number of young people actively engaging in society and to ensure that every young person has the education, skills and empowerment to build a better future.
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.
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