Are you a youth-led organisation with an inspiring story to share on how you’ve supported learners to ensure #Learningcontinues in Nigeria during the COVID19 pandemic? We are looking for transformative projects built on innovation and resilience. Apply; https://t.co/VnyA4LY5HO https://t.co/cTiMVp5UoHAre you a youth-led organisation with an inspiring story to share on how you’ve supported learners to ensure #Learningcontinues in Nigeria during the COVID19 pandemic? We are looking for transformative projects built on innovation and resilience. Apply; https://t.co/VnyA4LY5HO

We are pleased to launch the call for submissions for the inaugural “State of Youth-Led Innovation in Education” Report for 2020 which seeks to identify, showcase, harmonize and celebrate various inspiring and transformative youth-led educational responses to COVID19 in Nigeria. With an overarching goal of documenting and projecting the inspirational leadership and ingenuity of young people as crucial frontliners and pacesetters in educational development, this annual report will chronicle diverse perspectives and dynamics of youth-led innovation and entrepreneurial leadership within the local educational sector as it applies to efforts geared at improving policy, practise and research.

As a driving force in shaping a sustainable and inclusive future, tapping into the creativity of young people is essential to deliver ground-breaking solutions to boost sustainable development, particularly in ensuring equitable access to quality education. It is unarguable that complex development challenges like the COVID19 pandemic require an effort to go beyond traditional approaches and in these times, young people have proven to be energetic, passionate, and ambitious individuals with the zeal and understanding to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. More than 40 million learners in Nigeria were affected by the nationwide school closures, of which over 91 per cent are primary and secondary school learners. Nonetheless, it is inspiring to see how young people are organising within communities, mobilising resources and designing innovative strategies to ensure alternative educational and distance learning opportunities are accessible to students and children.

This report, therefore, will highlight 50 most outstanding youth-led non-profits, social enterprises and projects that have inspired transformational leadership and radical innovation in ensuring learning never stops despite school closures within the COVID10 pandemic era.

In order to qualify, projects must:
• be addressing the varying access challenges which is prevalent in the COVID19 context
• be innovative, game-changing ideas which have the potential to build transformative change in education.
• demonstrate potential to be scaled up during and beyond the recovery phase of education post-covid
• be cost-effective in solving the challenge(s) it seeks to address.

This year, by sharing the success stories as well as challenges of the top 50 identified projects, we hope they attract capacity-building opportunities, ranging from funding to mentoring, to support them in the scaling of their solutions.

NB: State of Youth-Led Innovation in Education Report is an initiative of Aid for Rural Education Access initiative (AREAi), and should be regarded as such. Questions about entries and other related matters to this report should be addressed to programs@areai4africa.org

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