13.12.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

UNESCO and the Government of Senegal sign new project on youth-led social innovation

Representatives of UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar and the Government of Senegal signed on 12 December 2012 a new project on youth-led social innovation in Senegal.

The project of $170.000 is entitled “Building youth-led social innovation in Senegal / YouthActionNet Senegal”. 

It is part of the global project YouthActionNet, launched in 2001 by the International Youth Foundation (IYF) and Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT), YouthActionNet serves as a virtual gathering place for young people looking to connect with each other -- and with ideas for how to make a difference in their communities.

In Senegal the project involves the following activities:

  • Design and Develop YouthActionNet programme with curriculum adapted and translated;
  • Nation-wide selection of young social innovators and youth-led initiatives and training on Youth Social Innovation (2 trainings within 18 months) of top 15 youth-led initiatives;
  • Develop YouthActionNet Senegal Web Portal and social media strategy with a robust application and selection system;
  • Conduct year-long networking and coaching support to the select youth-led organizations;
  • Organize one public ceremony to recognize youth social entrepreneurs with a printed publication profiling the selected projects to be distributed in the community; 
  • Conduct an evaluation to measure the impact of the programme on selected Fellows and the projects

”We are exciting about this new project, in particular given the great number of young people in Senegal with no jobs but good ideas and high hopes,” says Marema Toure Thiam, responsible for Human and Social Sciences at UNESCO Dakar. “We need to promote innovation and social entrepreneurship to use their great potential,” she adds. 

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