We tend to ask this question quite often, is innovation a gifted talent or a long way of perseverance?
Facing impermissible challenges and global problems, the whole world seems engaged to define the best efficient solutions that respond well to the specific needs of today. In order to accomplish that, the whole world needs to develop youth capacities and leadership.
However, this specific target (youth) needs a lot of investment in term of freedom of speech, honest encouragement, professional guidance, monitorship, ethics and empowerment. The youngest ones seem to be our potential target as they will grow up to be our guides of tomorrow. And that’s why I strongly believe that offering them the suitable opportunities will accomplish in building strong personalities of true changemakers. Moreover, it does not only empower them but also improve the quality of education by offering a supplement of rich learning based on values of creativity, volunteerism, civic engagement, solution making etc.
In our long journey seeking new approaches to complex difficulties, we organised a competition named “Kids Got Innovation”, where we ran different scenarios exercises with children to help them have a better sense of the upcoming challenges and how they boost their creativity to spot potential solutions. We followed these simple steps;
- First, we had the chance to talk with kids about the local problems that the country is facing and how to extract the specific needs that need an efficient respond.
- Second, we divided them into four teams, they had to choose a name for their team and a leader.
- Third, each team picked a specific problem to address, and start their discussion to eventually explore ways the problem can be solved.
Each team had a set of mentors (a nice mix of Tunisian Red Crescent volunteers and a debating association) to guide them, keep them aware of time management and provide advice regarding the presentation.
When the time came to an end, and it’s the time for the solution presentations, each team took the stage trying to convince the audience and the jury of the efficiency of their solution.
The different challenges explored included; climate change, lack of employment, youth posture towards agriculture and traditional industries, hunger and poverty.
As a result, we had some brilliant presentations and good solutions, but most important is that lovely energy of those kids trying to save the world.
To wrap-up, when it comes to new ideas, it is indeed either a result of an individual passion for solving a certain problem to empower the communities or a result of a whole team gathered together working around a certain challenge to overtake by looking for best solutions. We want to persevere youth engagement to be aware of the challenges that the communities are facing. That’s how we invest in a long term of durable achievement seeking development and better quality humanitarian services.