Generation Unlimited– is a dynamic partnership that draws on the expertise of young people, representatives from government, multilateral organizations, the private sector and civil society to inspire urgent investment in education, skills training, and empowerment for the rapidly growing global population of adolescents and young people (10-24) – which will reach 2 billion by 2030.
In countries where the working-age population grows larger than the dependent population, there is a potential for a demographic dividend, and when the population is constructively employed, overall productivity rises, standards of living improve and investment in human capital increases.
With more than 200 million young people of lower- and upper-secondary school age currently missing out on school, instead of contributing to equitable progress, young people – especially the most disadvantaged – could face futures of compounding deprivation and poverty, unless urgent action is taken.
Generation Unlimited – which forms part of the United Nations’ Youth 2030 Strategy – will complement and build on existing programmes that support adolescents and young people.
Challenge Winner: 5 Winners will be awarded $1000 each
WHAT’S THE YOUTH CHALLENGE?
The Youth Challenge – which will take place this year in 16countries worldwide aims to engage young people to co-design promising solutions to in priority areas of education, training and skills and empowerment. The Challenge empowers marginalized young women, men and all young people to identify and design solutions to challenges in their communities.
Together with partners, GenU designs country investment agendas –portfolios of scalable, bankable initiatives and innovations -that can attract public-private partnership and investment for better education, skills, entrepreneurship and employment for millions of young people.
The Youth Challenge will seek innovative ideas and solutions from youth aged between 14 and 24 to improve knowledge and access to better knowledge and skills opportunities through a pre-bootcamp and Bootcamp that will use human centered design principles to assist potential participants develop their ideas. Seed funds of USD 1000 will be provided to five potential winners who will then stand a chance of participating in the global contest
In spring 2019, the most promising projects in each country will be submitted to a global judging process, which will identify five projects, which could have the greatest impact on young people. These projects will receive a further USD 20,000 investment, along with a tailored mentorship programme from Generation Unlimited partners to support them to scale.
THE FOCUS OF THE CHALLENGE IN PAKISTAN
OPENING DOORS; KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS FOR EMPOWERED YOUTH
In Pakistan, the challenge will focus on Youth empowerment, it can be defined as a process where people gain the ability and authority to make informed decisions and implement change in their own lives and the lives of other people. It is a means of encouraging young people to do great things for themselves and also to make a great impact in their communities and society at large. The need to empower youth for a better tomorrow is connected both to the financial elevation as well as increment of the standard of living. Awareness is a key factor for this empowerment, with guidance towards developing a wholesome outlook on life. Youth empowerment in any development is imperative not only for national development of an entire country but also for personal development of an individual.
One of the keys to empowering youth is with skill development. Unfortunately, the skills (life skills, technology and others) needed by young people to contribute effectively in society and lead a better life are not taught in the mainstream curriculum, GenU youth challenge 2.0 will encourage ideas that promote.
- Positive Sense of Self – Self-awareness, Emotional Intelligence and well- being: Being self-aware promotes objectivity and self-confidence. This means that young people can easily make decisions without being clouded by poor judgment. Self-awareness also promotes emotional intelligence which helps us relate to the feelings of other people. Lacking this skill can leave us in conflicts with others. This will empower adolescent girls and boys to participate actively within their families, communities and wider society Learning how to become emotionally literate is one of the best investments that human beings can make for themselves, their family and their future. Many of today’s young people experience overwhelming anxiety, feel intense depression and often must deal with stress and pressure, sometimes edging beyond that of an adult. Emotional and social ineptitude is painful in the life of a young child, in fact even in the life of an adult.Emotional intelligence enables the young people to develop very good interpersonal relationships and to have better social support, especially when these young people are subjected to ever-changing family, peer, and academic environments that each demand unique emotional responses. Life skills development will help improve adolescents’ education, critical thinking and emotional and physical wellbeing, as well as encouraging adolescents’ positive engagement with the world around them.
- Pro-social Connectedness – Communication, Collaboration and Networking: Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. Young people who feel more connected to others have lower rates of anxiety and depression. Moreover, studies show they also have higher self-esteem, are more empathic to others, more trusting and cooperative and, as a consequence, others are more open to trusting and cooperating with them. Social connectedness therefore generates a positive feedback loop of social, emotional and physical well-being.Feeling socially connected, especially in an increasingly isolated world, is more important than ever. The benefits of social connectedness shouldn’t be overlooked.
- Skills of Future –Digital Literacy: We live in a digital society in which our actions are frequently mediated by digital tools, and the objects we encounter are often shaped by digital interventions. With the increased importance of technology in society, digital literacy is gaining recognition as the most valuable tool for lifelong learning. The digital world offers enormous benefits and advantages to everyone, however, without proper use and understanding of technology, the digital world can be overwhelming, and even dangerous. Young people need to be able to understand the technology that they use so they can use it safely and effectively.
- Economic Empowerment: Youth today, is a major resource for not only development of financial prosperity but for social changes as well. Despite holding such importance they often face hurdles on a daily basis, with their energy still not being channelized in the right direction. Economic Empowerment through skill building will ensure all young people, including the most marginalised and disadvantaged, can unlock their potential through access to decent work will drive progress towards sustainable, inclusive development.
Teams must apply by deadline. Online applications preferred
A committee will shortlist the top 15 candidates to attend the boot camp in Islamabad based on their ideas
15 selected teams will attend the Bootcamp in Islamabad during the end of November. 5 finalists will then be shortlisted.
Winners will receive seed money of $1000 each to help implement their solutions in their projects and follow-up mentorship