The contest, named Youth Innovate for SDGs, will award USD 750 to one young African to fund their idea and will also provide expertise and advice to help the winner implement their project. Contest criteria stipulate that the idea must focus on improving children’s lives and contribute to at least one of the 17 SDGs.
This is the third year that an innovation contest has been held by Reach for Change on the Day of the African Child; this year the organization has added an additional $250 to the total prize money. The contest was first launched on the Day of the African Child in 2015 to draw attention to African children’s needs and to empower young people to use innovative thinking to address societal issues. The contest fits into a broader campaign run by Reach for Change Africa, to commemorate the Day of the African Child and draw attention to African children’s issues under the theme, the Child Cannot Wait.
Reach for Change Africa Communications Manager, Tadziripa Madzima, said the organization has increased the contest winnings to a total of $750 to enable the winner to implement a slightly larger project and to increase their impact on the children She added that they have introduced a new focus on ideas that also contribute to the 2030 SDGs.
“On the Day of the African Child, we look to honour the leadership and passion of the children and youth who participated in the Soweto Uprising of 1976 by providing opportunities for young people to be innovative and to allowing them to take the driver’s seat when it comes to improving African children’s lives, whether that be in health, education, gender equality, developing skills for the future and more,” said Madzima. “This year, we are looking for an innovative idea that will improve children’s lives while also contributing to one or more of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”