Young people submitted more than 50,000 ideas on how to tackle the COVID-19
pandemic in their communities
Oluwatosin Akingbulu, Communication Officer, UNICEF Nigeria
14 July 2020
In just over six weeks, more than 50,000 ideas on how to tackle the COVID-19 crisis were submitted by young Nigerians as part of a design challenge supported by UNICEF and partners.
The challenge used design thinking, building Nigerian youth’s skills in this innovative process to creative problem solving that places the human at the centre of the solution.
More than 86,000 young Nigerians registered on the challenge website – cartedo.com - between May and June 2020. More than 8,000 prototypes - including storyboards, videos and apps - were submitted. Subsequently, more than 9,000 certificates were issued to participants who completed the challenge.
Creative solutions included the use of solar panels for sustainable water supply systems in communities without access to safe water; applications that provide verified information on COVID-19 to community members; and skill acquisition projects to provide income for young people during the lockdown
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