Exploring the promise of Youth-led Social Innovation
Kosovo’s Annual Activate Talks
PRISHTINA, November 11, 2017 – On November 27, UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo will hold its annual Activate Talks event, promoting the innovative technologies and initiatives developed by its Lab and highlighting the work of more than 200 young social innovators involved in the Lab’s programme.
Globally, Activate Talks bring together youth, innovators, experts and thought-leaders to showcase the latest solutions and to rethink and rework how we can deliver results for the most vulnerable and marginalized children.
The event will include presentations by several young social innovators, as well as by representatives from the 22 UNICEF Global Network, and public institutions in Kosovo. Among 22 countries joining this event are Guatemala, Nepal, Nigeria, Lebanon, Montenegro, Macedonia and many others. Guests will be able to meet and discuss with youth leaders and discover how they are creating solutions to social unmet needs within their communities.
Kosovo has one of the youngest populations in Europe, with nearly half of the population under 25 years of age. 27.1% of young people between 15-24 years old are neither employed nor in education or training. To address these challenges, UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo seeks to empower adolescents and youth, advances the use of technology to drive social change, and explores avenues and spaces to transfer 21st century skills to young people.
“Over the years, UNICEF Innovations Lab has provided hundreds of young people in Kosovo with vital skills of the 21st century, empowering them to be their own advocates and become change agents in their communities. UNICEF Activate Talks is an opportunity for the public to learn how the Lab is empowering young people to shape their world, and hear from young social innovators instigating positive social change in their communities,” said Brandão Có, Head of UNICEF Office in Kosovo.
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.
About UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo
A unit of UNICEF Kosovo, the Innovations Lab, which started in Kosovo in 2010, is home to a multidisciplinary team working across sectors and fields to identify methods, partners, technologies, and tools that empower youth to be agents of change, effect change through communication and promise to unlock new uses of information and technology and work with partners in our pursuit of a world more fit for children. The Lab’s programmes are implemented in cooperation with NGO Peer Educators Network (PEN). www.kosovoinnovations.org