Youth creativity takes center stage in the Social Good Summit

Oct 18, 2017

Fanta Kondeh, female star price winner demonstrate how her solar light works to a panel of judges and audience © Alpha Sesay/ UNDP Sierra Leone

Youth creativity steals the show in this year’s Social Good Summit (SGS) held on Thursday, October 12 in Bo, Sierra Leone’s second capital. 

Eight youth, who had been selected by a panel from among 42 contestants three days before the summit, competed for the 2017 National Youth Innovation Awards.

During the SGS, they each demonstrated to a panel of judges drawn from the private sector, National Youth Commission, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Njala University how their ideas work.

23-year-old, Mohamed A. Kamara’s renewable energy generator powered by water took the prestigious star prize of Le 10,000000 with a score of 66 percent.

Mohamed Bangura’s automated school management system with a score of 59.5 percent took the runners-up prize of Le 5,000000.

Fanta Kondeh’s clean alternative energy generating devices took the third position with a 55.5 percent score and the female star prize of Le 10,000000.

Held at the Great Hall in Towama Campus Njala University, the SGS theme, “Future in Focus; Wetin Now” raised the question, how would young people want to see Sierra Leone in 2030?

UNDP Country Director, Samuel Doe said that the ingenuity displayed by the contestants shows that they can do even more if they are exposed to the right platforms: 

“Youth, I’m convinced, are the biggest beneficiaries of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because they are the ones who will be very active in 2030. Therefore, UNDP is particularly keen to support young people in achieving the future they want.” Mr. Doe said.

National Youth Commissioner, Anthony Koroma said that the summit serves as an incubator for young minds with incredible ideas to solve the country’s future problems through their creativity.

The first SGS to have been held outside the capital, Freetown, was witnessed by over 500 students, school pupils, youth activists, academicians, staff of UNDP, and the private sector. The event was organized by UNDP in partnership with the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, Rokel Commercial Bank and Africell.

Youth creativity steals the show in this year’s Social Good Summit (SGS) held on Thursday, October 12 in Bo, Sierra Leone’s second capital. 

Eight youth, who had been selected by a panel from among 42 contestants three days before the summit, competed for the 2017 National Youth Innovation Awards.

During the SGS, they each demonstrated to a panel of judges drawn from the private sector, National Youth Commission, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Njala University how their ideas work.

23-year-old, Mohamed A. Kamara’s renewable energy generator powered by water took the prestigious star prize of Le 10,000000 with a score of 66 percent.

Mohamed Bangura’s automated school management system with a score of 59.5 percent took the runners-up prize of Le 5,000000.

Fanta Kondeh’s clean alternative energy generating devices took the third position with a 55.5 percent score and the female star prize of Le 10,000000.

Held at the Great Hall in Towama Campus Njala University, the SGS theme, “Future in Focus; Wetin Now” raised the question, how would young people want to see Sierra Leone in 2030?

UNDP Country Director, Samuel Doe said that the ingenuity displayed by the contestants shows that they can do even more if they are exposed to the right platforms: 

“Youth, I’m convinced, are the biggest beneficiaries of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) because they are the ones who will be very active in 2030. Therefore, UNDP is particularly keen to support young people in achieving the future they want.” Mr. Doe said.

National Youth Commissioner, Anthony Koroma said that the summit serves as an incubator for young minds with incredible ideas to solve the country’s future problems through their creativity.

The first SGS to have been held outside the capital, Freetown, was witnessed by over 500 students, school pupils, youth activists, academicians, staff of UNDP, and the private sector. The event was organized by UNDP in partnership with the Sierra Leone Commercial Bank, Rokel Commercial Bank and Africell.

UNDP Around the world

You are at UNDP Sierra Leone 
Go to UNDP Global