Cairo Univ wins 1st place UNICEF-Enactus Social Innovation Competition

Cairo Univ wins 1st place UNICEF-Enactus Social Innovation Competition
26 / 05 / 2022
By Marwa Nassar - -

Cairo University won the first place of the UNICEF-Enactus Social Innovation Competition for its project which worked on innovative ideas for tanneries and for collecting, sorting and transforming plastic into biodegradable material, contributing to reducing the carbon footprint.

UNICEF in collaboration with Enactus organized the ‘Social Innovation Competition’ which is an essential component of UNICEF/Enactus partnership officially announced in September 2021.

The competition calls on young innovators to design business solutions that respond to their community needs and aims at empowering young people by providing them with a platform to utilize their skills and ideas to support the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Egypt.

During the event, high-level officials and private sector partners were invited to judge and rank the eight projects – submitted by AAST Sheraton, the British University, Cairo University, Chinese University, Modern Academy, Banha University, Al Azhar University and Assuit University – that correspond to the SDGs, in terms of their feasibility, impact, potential sustainability, solution-driven, innovation, clarity and inclusiveness.

The projects tackle different environmental challenges such as climate change, reducing salinity levels in agricultural lands, plastic pollution, finding cheaper alternative raw materials, waste management and recycling.

Jeremy Hopkins, UNICEF Representative in Egypt said, “We believe that human progress and sustainable development are depending on young people and their ability to tap into the entrepreneurial space.”

 Hopkins added that “through this competition and through our partnership with Enactus, we contribute to equipping the next generation of Egypt’s youth with the skills they need to be successful in life, and to empower young women and men to reach their full potential.”

Fatma Serry, President and CEO of Enactus Egypt, said “we believe that investing in young people who take entrepreneurial action for others, creates a better world for us all. She added that “In business, we believe that competitions encourage innovation, and for Enactus, this means more lives impacted everyday.”

UNICEF partnered with Enactus in September 2021 to build on its experience in outreaching and mobilizing young people’s learning, innovation, participation, and engagement. In addition, the partnership aims at capacitating young people as trainers for “Meshwary” – which is a collaboration between UNICEF and the Ministry of Youth and Sports – modules to reach out to their peers in the Egyptian universities and skilling them, as well as developing innovative business solutions for urging community issues.

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