The Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge announces first round of winners in Timor-Leste

20 February 2020
The Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge announces first round of winners in Timor-Leste
UNICEF Timor-Leste/2020/Bsoares

At the end of the three-day Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge bootcamp, five out of 16 teams were chosen to receive seed funding and expert mentorship

DILI, 20 February 2020 — Five teams of young people have been selected as the winners of the first round of judging in the Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge in Timor-Leste. The challenge called on young people from across the country to identify challenges they face in their own lives and propose innovative solutions that could address these challenges and contribute to the country’s sustainable development.

From 71 applications, 16 teams were chosen to take part in the three-day bootcamp, which saw 68 young people from Dili, Ermera, Aileu and Ainaro municipalities learn about the human-centred design thinking methodology, and then apply it in developing their solutions and pitching them to a panel of judges.

The judging panel consisted of Valérie Taton, UNICEF Timor-Leste Representative; Tuya Altangerel, UNDP Resident Representative in Timor-Leste; Dillyana Ximenes, Country Director for Plan International; and H.E Ambassador Peter Roberts of Australia.

After independently scoring each team based on their five-minute pitches, the judges then convened to determine which five teams would receive $1,000 each in seed funding, and the opportunity to be mentored by an expert for the next three months. The teams chosen were:

• Infinity Team, who want to address environmental and climate-change concerns by developing school-based activities and materials to raise awareness among students about the importance of environmental protection;
• GPSESP, a group of young people who turn plastic waste into building bricks;
• Fight for Our Generation, who are developing a mobile application using gamification to educate young people about online safety;
• The Dili International School team, who plan to disseminate crucial early childhood development messaging and information via a self-designed booklet and in        collaboration with an existing service provider; and
• Loron Aban Hahu Ohin (LAHO), who want to develop and implement educational and training materials that are focused on children with autism.

The JEMPOL team, who are focusing on the production of White Oyster Mushrooms in Ermera, received a special mention and the offer to receive support via the Timor-Leste Accelerator Lab – a joint initiative between UNICEF, UNDP and the Government, aimed at driving progress towards achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

Valérie Taton, UNICEF Representative in Timor-Leste, said:
“Timor-Leste’s large youth population is the untapped resource we need to empower to become agents of change in their own lives. The ideas and innovations developed by these 68 young people over just three days have been truly impressive and innovative. It was a pleasure to be able to listen to these 16 teams speak confidently and with authority about the issues they face as young people and how they themselves propose to overcome such challenges.”

Tuya Altangerel, UNDP Resident Representative in Timor-Leste, said: 
 “The nature and complexity of today’s challenges can only be properly addressed by harnessing the potential of young people. They must be at the forefront of innovating for a better future if we are going to achieve the 2030 Agenda. Generation Unlimited has shown just how creative and committed Timor-Leste’s young people are, and we are looking forward to working with them through our Youth Hub and Accelerator Lab to realize their ideas and potentially see them spin off into standalone ventures.’’
Dillyana Ximenes, County Director at Plan International Timor-Leste, said:
“Generation Unlimited has shown that we have great young people in this country who are brave enough to learn new things, take charge of their own learning, decide on their own solutions, and are thriving in their journey to becoming the next generation of leaders in Timor-Leste.”

In their teams, the bootcamp participants had access to dedicated facilitators, who helped them to shape their ideas into the innovative solutions that were presented to the judging panel. Some of these facilitators came from the local non-governmental organisation MOVE, a Portuguese group that focuses on using entrepreneurship as a means to eradicate poverty.

In Timor-Leste, 80 per cent of young people are not formally employed and 25 per cent are not looking for work, discouraged by the difficulty of finding employment. * The lack of training and employment opportunities, and restricted access to services such as education and healthcare, creates an environment in which the country’s large youth population is at risk of being left behind. Generation Unlimited seeks to avoid this scenario and instead to co-create and support investment opportunities, programmes and innovations at a large scale to help young people become engaged, productive members of society. The initiative is implemented in Timor-Leste by UNICEF, UNDP and Plan International.

* National Human Development Report (NHDR 2018).

Watch the Generation Unlimited video here.


For more information or to arrange interviews with spokespeople and experts, please contact:
Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist, UNICEF (English enquiries)

Antonio Gomes, Communication Officer, UNICEF (Tetum enquiries)

Felisberta da Silva, UNDP

Lola Mok, Plan International

Notes to editors: 
• Generation Unlimited (GenU) is a global multi-sector partnership to meet the urgent need for expanded education, training and employment opportunities for young people, aged 10 to 24, on an unprecedented scale. Despite the challenges that exist – or perhaps because of them! – leaders around the world are responding positively to GenU’s mission and asking how they can help. Politicians, CEOs, foundation heads and civic leaders are recognizing that forging innovative collaborations with young people at the centre is the best way forward.
• 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 Timor-Leste and its work, visit

• 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 more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

• Plan International has worked in Timor-Leste since 2001, helping children and youth to access their rights to education, health, livelihoods and protection.

• MOVE is a non-governmental organisation for development that believes in entrepreneurship to fight poverty. Our mission is to help entrepreneurs from developing regions create a world in which ideas and work are appreciated, nurtured and compensated.


The Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge nia primeira ronda ba manan-nain sira iha Timor-Leste

Iha akampamentu Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge loron tolu, grupu lima husi grupu 16 selesionadu hodi simu finansiamentu inisiu no orientasaun husi espesialista sira

Dili, 20 February 2020 – Foinsa’e grupu lima selesionadu ona hanesan manan-nain iha primeira ronda husi juri ba Generation Unlimited Youth Challenge iha Timor-Leste. Dezafiu ne’e motiva foinsa’e sira iha país laran tomak atu identifika dezafiu mak sira hasoru iha sira-nia moris no propoen solusaun inovadora sira mak bele rezolve dezafiu sira ne’e no kontribui ba país-nia dezenvolvimentu sustentavel. 

Husi aplikante 17, grupu 16 mak hola parte iha akampamentu loron tolu, ne’ebe halibur foinsa’e 68 husi munisipiu Dili, Ermera no Ainaro aprende kona-ba metodolojia dezeñu hanoin sentradu ba ema, no hafoin aplika hodi dezenvolve sira-nia solusaun no aprezenta ba juri sira.

Juri sira konsiste husi Valérie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste; Tuya Altangerel, Reprezentativa Rezidente UNDP iha Timor-Leste; Dillyana Ximenes, Country Director Plan International; Sua Exelensia Peter Roberts, Embaxador Australia.

Hafoin halo avaluasaun independentemente ba kada grupu liu husi aprezentasaun minute lima, juri konvensidu atu determina grupu lima ne’ebe sei simu premiu dollar $1.000 kada grupu hanesan fundu inisiu, no oportunidade hodi hetan orientasaun husi espesialista ida ba fulan tolu-nia laran. Grupu sira selesionadu mak:

• Grupu Infinity, ne’ebe mak hakarak rezolve problema ambiente no mudansa klimatika liu husi dezenvolvimentu atividade eskolar sira no matrial sira atu hasa’e konsiensia entre estudante sira kona-ba importansia husi protesaun ambiental;
• GPSESP, grupu foinsa’e ida ne’ebe hakfilak plastiku resiklajen ba tijolu konstrusaun sira;
• Fight for Our Generation, sira ne’ebe dezenvolve aplikasaun telefonika uza magnification atu eduka foinsa’e sira kona-ba seguransa online; 
• Grupu Dili International School, ne’ebe planu atu desemina mensajen no informasaun importante kona-ba dezenvolvimentu sedu ba labarik ki’ik liu husi broxura dezeñu-rasik no ho kolaborasaun ho provedor servisu ezistente ona; no  
• Loron Aban Hahú Ohin (LAHO), ne’ebe hakarak atu dezenvolve no implementa edukasaun no formasaun material sira mak foka ba labarik sira ho moras autismu.

Grupu JEMPOL, ne’ebe foka liu ba produsaun Kulat Mutin iha Ermera, hetan atensaun espesial no simu oferta apoiu via Timor-Leste Accelerator Lab – inisiativa konjunta entre UNICEF ho UNDP no Governu, ho finalidade atu aselera progresu ba realizasaun ajenda Dezenvolvimentu Sustentavel 2030. 

Valérie Taton, Reprezentativa UNICEF iha Timor-Leste dehan:
“Timor-Leste-nia populasaun joven barak mak rekursu seidauk esplora ne’ebe presiza kapasita atu sai ajente transformadora iha sira-nia moris rasik. Ideia no inovasaun sira dezenvolve ona husi foinsa’e 68 iha loron tolu-nia laran ne’e impresivu no inovativu tebes. Ne’e prazer ida atu rona ba grupu 68 mak koalia ho fiar-an lo’os no ho autoridade kona-ba asuntu sira mak sira hasoru hanesan ema foinsa’e no oinsa sira propoin rasik atu rezolve dezafiu sira ne’e.”

Tuya Altangerel, Reprezentativa Rezidente UNDP iha Timor-leste dehan:
“Natureza no komplesidade husi dezafiu sira ohin loron bele deit rezolve lolos liu husi aproveita potensialidade ema foinsa’e sira. Sira tenke iha liña oin inovasaun-nian ba futuru diak-liu karik ita hakarak atu atinji ajenda meta 2030. Generation Unlimited hatudu daudaun oinsa kreatividade no kompromisu ema foinsa’e Timor-oan sira iha, no ita ansiozu lo’os atu servisu ho sira liu husi ita-nia Youth Hub no Accelerator Lab hodi realiza sira-nia ideia no potensialidade no haree sira transforma ba enpreendimentu independente.”  

Dillyana Ximenes, Country Director Plan International iha Timor-Leste dehan:
“Generation Unlimited hatudu ona katak ita iha foinsa’e ne’ebe mak matenek iha país ne’e mak harak tebes aprende buat foun sira, responsabiliza rasik ba buat sira ne’ebe mak sira aprende, deside rasik sira-nia solusaun sira, no hetan prosperidade iha sira-nia jornada atu sai jerasaun lider sira iha Timor-Leste.”

Iha sira-nia grupu, partisipante akampamentu sira iha asesu ba fasilitador dedikadu sira, ne’ebe ajuda sira atu kadi sira-nia ideia sira ba solusaun inovadora sira mak sira aprezenta ba juri sira. Fasilitador sira balun mai husi organizasaun naun governamental lokal MOVE, grupu Portugues ida mak foka ba uza empreendedorismu hensan dalan ida atu eradika moris ki’ak.

Iha Timor-Leste ema foinsa’e 80% mak formalmente seidauk hetan servisu no 25% bukan hela servisu, laran taridu hela tamba defikuldade buka servisu.* Falta formasaun no oportunidade servisu, no asesu limitadu ba servisu hanesan edukasaun no kuidadu saúde, kria ambiente ida ne’ebe país ne’e nia populasaun foinsa’e barak hetan risku atu hela ba kotuk. Generation Unlimited buka hakarak evita senariu ne’e no kria hikas fali ka oportunidade apoiu ba investimentu sira, programa no inovasaun sira iha eskala bo’ot atu ajuda foinsa’e sira involvevidu, membru sosiedade produtivu. Inisiativa ne’e implementa ona iha Timor-Leste husi UNICEF, UNDP no Plan international.

* National Human Development Report (NHDR 2018)

Haree video kona-ba Generation Unlimited iha ne'e.


Ba informasaun ka preparasaun ba intervsita bele kontaktu: 
Rukshan Ratnam, Communication Specialist, UNICEF (English enquiries)

Antonio Gomes, Communication Officer, UNICEF (Tetum enquiries)

Felisberta da Silva, UNDP

Lola Mok, Plan International

Nota ba editor sira: 
• Generation Unlimited (GenU) mak parseiru multi setor ida atu atende nesesidade urjente ba habelar edukasaun, formasaun ho oportunidade empregu sira ba foinsa’e sira, idade tinan 10 to’o 24, iha eskala ida ne’ebe seidauk akontese. Alende dezafiu ezistente sira – ka dalaruma tamba sira! – lider sira iha mundu hatan pozitivamente ba GenU nia misaun no husu sira atu aju oinsa. Politiku-nain sira, CEOs, xefe fundasaun sira no lider síviku sira rekoñese katak halo kolaborasaun inovadora ho foinsa’e sira iha sentru mak dalan ba oin diak-liu.
• UNICEF promove direitu labarik no labarik hotu-nia moris di’ak, iha buat hotu ita halo. Hamutuk ho ami-nia parseiru sira, ami servisu iha país 190 no territoriu sira atu traduz katak kompromisu ba asaun pratikal, fuka ba esforsu espisial atu atinji labarik sira desfavoresida no eskluidu sira, benefisia ba labarik hotu, iha ne’ebe deit. Ba informasaun detallu kona-ba UNICEF Timor-Leste ho-nia servisu, vizita 

• UNDP parseria ho ema iha nivel hotu husi sosiedade atu ajuda harii nasaun sira mak bele hetan krize, no halao ba oin no mantein tipu kresimentu mak hadi’ak kualidade ema hotu-nia moris. Iha terrenu iha país 170 liu no territoriu sira, ami oferese perspetiva global no lokal atu ajuda fortalese moris no hai’i nasaun reziliente sira.

• Plan International servisu ona ita Timor-Leste hahú 2001, ajuda labarik sira no foinsa’e atu asesu ba sira-nia direitu ba edukasaun, saúde, dalan subsistensia sira no protesaun.

• MOVE ne’e organizasaun naun governamental ida ba dezenvolvimentu mak fiar iha empreendedorismu hodi kombate moris ki’ak. Nia misaun mak atu ajuda empreendedor sira husi rejiaun dezenvolvida sira kria mundu ida ne’ebe sira ideia no servisu sira hetan apresiasaun, nutridu no kompensadu. 


Media contacts

Tapuwa Loreen Mutseyekwa
Advocacy and Communication Specialist
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +67077231103
Tel: +670 331 1297, Extension: 1820
Antonio Gomes
Communication Officer (Tetum)
UNICEF Timor-Leste
Tel: +670 7723 2441
Tel: +670 331 1300, Extension: 1821


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