Unicef, Segal recognise young people's solutions to COVID-19 challenges

Isabel Kumwembe

Unicef Malawi and Social Incubator Programme Malawi have released a list of the top 10 winners of its COVID-19 youth Challenge.

The announcement follows a rigorous selection process that saw over 2,000 young people submitting their ideas for the challenge.

According to Social Incubator Programme Malawi Programmes and Communications Coordinator for the Segal Foundation Isabel Kumwembe, the aim of the competition was to bring out creative ideas from young people that can be used in the fight against the coronavirus disease.


"We believe that as people facing the pandemic on the ground they have real solutions.

"We also want to convert  young people from being information receptors to information and solution generators," she said. 

To ensure that the selected ideas in the fields civic education, stalled learning,h bound income generation, depression/loneliness and sanitation and hygiene, translate into scalable solutions, Unicef and Social Incubator Programme have partnered with key local incubation hubs namely Dzuka Africa, M-Hub and Mzuzu e-Hub.

It is expected that the top five ideas will receive a seed grant of US$2,000 each to put out their solutions on the market.

One of the selected finalists Gloria Kasambwe expressed her gratitude and excitement.

"I was very excited and honored when I got the call from Unicef informing me about my success," she said.

The Unicef generated challenge started in Nigeria and has been initiated in other countries across Africa including Malawi which has had the most applications by far.