NIAMEY, Niger December 7, 2019 - Like other countries, UNICEF, UNDP and the Scouts Organization have officially launched the "Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge in Niger". In a spirit of co-creation with young people, the initiative calls on young Nigerians between the ages of 14 and 24 to find solutions to issues of education, employment and entrepreneurship.
Co-organized worldwide by four Generation Unlimited partners - UNICEF, UNDP, Plan International and the World Organization of the Scout Movement, the "Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2019/20" competition, has also been launched worldwide in more than 41 countries of the world, including Niger. This competition calls on young innovators to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic engagement.
"With this initiative, we want to bring together the private sector, governments, multilateral organizations, civil society and young people in Niger to ensure that young people reach their full potential," said Mr. Ibrahima Guimba Saidou, Minister Special Adviser to the President of the Republic and General Director of the National Agency for the Information Society.
It aims to inspire young people with brilliant ideas who lack of the necessary resources to make them happen. This includes young refugees, those who face daily discrimination because of their ethnicity, gender or disability, and those who are disadvantaged or affected by poverty.
"GenU Youth Challenge is a new alliance to transform education, skills and employment with and for Niger. We must commit to an urgent investment in the education and training of young people in Niger. It's your time, your turn, your future," said Félicité Tchibindat, UNICEF Representative in Niger.
In Niger, a call for applications has been launched today and selected candidates will be invited to participate in design workshops in Niamey. As a result of these workshops, the five most promising ideas will be selected and will be awarded USD 1,000 each, as well as a mentor to support the implementation of the projects.
UNDP Resident Representative Diana Ofwona affirmed that "investment and attention for youth today is no longer an option but an obligation. It is about preparing a future leadership, responsible and committed to defend and build the country and safeguard a heritage. UNDP is committed to supporting this process. "
By June 2020, the most promising solutions in each country will be judged globally. These projects will receive additional funding of up to $ 20,000, as well as a tailor-made global incubation program from Generation Unlimited partners, to support them on a large scale.
"To the Scouts Association in Niger, we believe in the spirit of creativity and innovation of every young person, which is why we call on all young people to seize this opportunity of the GenU Youth Challenge to contribute more to the sustainable development of Niger that we want" said Sani Ayouba General Commissioner of the Scouts Association in Niger.
The most promising ideas will contribute to the success of Generation Unlmited, an ambitious multi-sector, public-private global partnership to address the urgent needs of expanding opportunities for education, training and employment for young people on an unprecedented scale.
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