Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2.0 launched in Pakistan

The Youth Challenge is part of Generation Unlimited – a multi-sector public-private global partnership enabling the largest generation of young people in history to become productive and engaged members of society.

12 November 2019
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Islamabad, Pakistan - 7 November 2019: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) in partnership with the School of Leadership Foundation has launched the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge 2.0 in Pakistan.

The Youth Challenge will take place in over 40 countries worldwide, including Pakistan. The challenge calls on young innovators across the country to design solutions to improve education, employment and civic engagement. The youth challenge encourages youth between the age of 14-24 to come forward to participate in this challenge.

This year’s theme is “Opening Doors, Knowledge and skills for Empowered Youth”. The need to empower youth for a better tomorrow is connected both to the life skills and future forward skills that will help young people to live a better life.  Awareness is a key factor for this empowerment, with guidance towards developing a wholesome outlook of life.

A call for applications will be launched in Pakistan on 11th of November 2019 and successful applicants will be invited to take part in design workshops to be held in Islamabad early next year.

After these workshops, the five most promising ideas from each country will be selected and awarded USD 1,000 each. They will also be provided mentoring to support the projects’ implementation.

In June 2020, the most promising solutions from each country will be submitted to a global judging process. These projects will receive further funding of up to USD 20,000, along with a tailored global incubation programme from Generation Unlimited partners to support them to scale. Deadline for submission of ideas is Friday 31 November 2019.

The challenge in Pakistan is being implemented by the School of Leadership Foundation.

Generation Unlimited: Generation Unlimited is global partnership working to prepare young people to become productive and engaged citizens. It connects secondary-age education and training to employment and entrepreneurship, empowering every young person to thrive in the world of work.

UNICEF: UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone.

UNDP: UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

More information about the challenge can be found on the website:

Applications can also be submitted via email to


Media Contacts

Aadarsh Laghari
Communication Officer
UNICEF Pakistan
Tel: +92-300-855-4392
Tel: +92-51-209-7812


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